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.
5th October 2011
New medical rules for US transgender inmates
11:27 AM — The US Bureau of Prisons has adopted new rules for the care of transgender inmates. Previously, prisoners would be permitted to continue with treatments such as hormone therapy if they began them before being incarcerated. However, they would not be permitted to start such treatments inside.
29th September 2011
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.
12th September 2011
David Cameron backs new international gay rights charity 35
11:18 AM — A new UK-based charity will be launched to support LGBT people suffering persecution around the world. The project has been backed by political leaders and prime minister David Cameron, who said Britain should be a "global beacon for reform" on the issue of LGBT rights.
4th February 2011
Study suggests immune system treatment for HIV 3
3:58 PM — A study on mice with an HIV-like infection found that boosting their immune systems cured them of the disease. Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Australia said their findings could help develop drugs to help people rid their bodies of infections such as HIV, hepatitis B and C and tuberculosis.
26th January 2011
Scans show difference in transgender brains 54
1:52 PM — A team of scientists has discovered differences in the brains of transgender people. The researchers, at the National University of Distance Education in Madrid, Spain, believe their technique could help doctors identify transgender people at an early age, giving them more options for treatment, such as delaying the onset of puberty.
13th January 2011
US politician says HIV funding should be cut for ‘perverted’ people 48
5:04 PM — A politician in North Carolina has said that HIV treatment should not be funded by the taxpayer for people who live "perverted lifestyles". Republican representative Larry Brown made his remarks in an email to a newspaper.
5th January 2011
Trans woman performs DIY castration 22
2:56 PM — A transgender woman in North Derbyshire was treated in hospital after a DIY castration. The patient, 22, is said to have been determined to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
4th January 2011
Clare Balding says she’s beaten cancer 3
9:35 AM — Lesbian TV presenter Clare Balding has announced that she does not require further treatment for thyroid cancer. The broadcaster, speaking on BBC Radio 2's French and Saunders programme yesterday, said her doctor gave her the news last month.
1st December 2010
Exclusive: NHS trust stops referrals for transgender treatment 104
8:14 PM — An NHS trust has been criticised for temporarily stopping treatment referrals for transgender people. NHS West Kent is also ceasing referrals for gastric band surgery and couples seeking IVF but trans campaigners say people with these conditions do not have a high suicide rate, unlike trans people waiting for treatment.
30th November 2010
Comment: We’ve got to change gay men’s attitudes to cut HIV 48
6:27 PM — It’s almost 30 years since the first cases of AIDS were diagnosed and the HIV epidemic among UK gay men shows no real signs of abating. The only way to cut HIV rates is to tackle stigma around the infection, Michael Carter argues.
16th February 2010
Gay man jailed for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission 14
11:59 AM — A gay man who absconded to France after being convicted for recklessly infecting his former boyfriend with HIV was arrested when he returned to the UK for cancer treatment.
28th January 2010
Italy opens first transgender prison 3
2:10 PM — Italy is to open its first prison specially for trans inmates. The building, a former halfway house for women, is in the town of Empoli in Tuscany. It will open in late March.
15th December 2009
Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2
4:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar have won their UK appeal. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant the unnamed couple a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.