18th October 2011
HIV charities rubbish fish foot spa fears 11
2:42 PM — HIV charities say there is no evidence 'fish pedicure' spas can transmit the virus. The Health Protection Agency said today that there is a risk of catching infections like HIV and hepatitis from the beauty craze, which involves placing the feet in a basin while Garra Rufa fish nibble at dead skin.
‘Three deaths’ after London church advice to stop taking HIV medicine 114
1:29 PM — At least three deaths have been reported in London as a result of churches which claim to "heal" HIV and AIDS patients. According to BBC London, some evangelical Christian churches are encouraging patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs because God can heal them.
12th October 2011
HIV life expectancy rises by 15 years 153
2:45 PM — Life expectancy for people living with HIV has risen by 15 years in the last decade. Research by the University of Bristol’s School of Social and Community Medicine found that earlier treatment and modern medicine has contributed to the increase.
11th October 2011
Home HIV tests ‘should be legalised’ 48
1:29 PM — Almost two-thirds of people would consider using HIV home testing kits if they were legally available and regulated in the UK, a survey has found.
29th September 2011
Gay former basketball sttar John Amaechi launches HIV support for UK Africans 14
4:41 PM — John Amaechi, the openly gay former basketball player, is supporting a new HIV programme aimed at African communities in the UK. The 40-year-old, who has Nigerian heritage, will launch the three-year Terrence Higgins Trust programme tomorrow (Friday).
Small study suggests HIV ‘could be reduced to a minor infection’ 24
11:40 AM — A small-scale HIV study suggests that the virus could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" by using a vaccine. Spanish researchers found that 22 of 24 people developed an immune response to HIV after being given a vaccine known as MVA-B.
8th September 2011
One-year blood donation deferral for UK gay men 64
11:33 AM — The Department of Health has announced it will remove the lifetime blood donation ban on any man who has ever had gay sex. Instead, there will be a one-year deferral period, meaning that men who have not had gay sex in the last 12 months may donate blood.
26th July 2011
Alexander McQueen left £100,000 to THT and £50,000 to his dogs in will 11
7:31 PM — Fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who took his own life last year, has left £100,000 to HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust and £50,000 to his pet dogs.
15th June 2011
STIs in gay men continue to rise 186
3:36 PM — Sexually-transmitted infections in gay and bisexual men remain at a high level, the UK Health Protection Agency says. New figures from the body show that men who have sex with men and young adults are the most at-risk groups for infections.
8th June 2011
London hospitals to offer routine HIV tests to A&E patients 40
1:06 PM — Two hospitals in London are to offer routine HIV tests to Accident and Emergency (A&E) patients, making them the first in the UK to do so and aiming to save lives by reducing the number of cases of undiagnosed HIV.
31st May 2011
Outrage at capital’s HIV services funding cut 38
5:30 PM — London HIV prevention groups have said they are outraged at the 20 per cent funding cut.
24th May 2011
Terrence Higgins Trust receives £200,000 government grant 11
5:02 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been granted £203,528 of government funding to run a sex education programme in schools and youth clubs in England.
4th May 2011
Student to cycle length of London tube network for HIV charity 20
3:20 PM — Medical student Adam Fairris is preparing to cycle the length of the London tube network to raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust. At the end of this month, the 21-year-old will cycle 300 miles across five days, following the rough path of London's 11 underground lines.
15th April 2011
London gay men warned about ‘aggressive’ new chlamydia strain 49
3:30 PM — Gay and bisexual men in London are being warned about growing rates of an "aggressive" strain of chlamydia. LGV (lymphogranuloma venereum) arrived in the UK in 2004, health experts say.
3rd March 2011
Homophobia reportedly widespread in UK African communities 9
5:39 PM — According to Mambo, the African healthier lifestyle magazine published by Terrence Higgins Trust, hostile attitudes towards gay men and lesbians within UK African communities is on the rise.
3rd December 2010
Katie Price attacked for HIV Tweet 17
11:34 AM — Katie Price has apologised after she posted false allegations on Twitter about a showbiz editor having HIV and another writer having "crabs". Price said she "accidentally" reposted messages which were sent to her by fans. She made the blunder yesterday, one day after World AIDS Day.
1st December 2010
Tory MP takes HIV test for World AIDS Day 7
7:51 PM — A Conservative MP had a 15-minute HIV test at a parliamentary reception on Tuesday evening to encourage more people to take up testing. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, has a constituency with one of the largest estimates of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men.
26th November 2010
Tory grandee calls in police over gay cruisers on his land 26
4:21 PM — A Conservative grandee has asked police to step up patrols around his 2,000-acre estate to prevent gay cruisers meeting for sex. Sir Beville Stanier, who is a friend of the Queen, complained that Oxfordshire county council should do more to "alleviate the problem".
UK HIV diagnoses remain high among gay men 6
10:33 AM — New figures show a slight decline in the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV but campaigners estimate that one in four with the disease are unaware they have it.
25th November 2010
David Cameron tells gay men ‘get tested for HIV’ 20
12:06 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has urged gay men to use condoms, get tested for HIV and support each other in tackling the virus. In a message for Boyz magazine for World AIDS Day, he said that HIV infection rates had increased in the last decade.