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November 28, 2014

‘Prevention and control of HIV among men who have sex with men has to be a cornerstone of national HIV programs,’ says head of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Europe will miss its 2015 targets for curbing the spread of HIV, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), with an 80 per cent increase in HIV transmission in 2013 compared with a decade earlier.

November 18, 2014

The equivalent of nine gay men received a positive HIV diagnosis every day in 2013

More and more gay men in the UK are being diagnosed with HIV.

Public Health England figures reported today show 2013 saw the highest ever number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with the virus - 3,250.

This is the equivalent of nine gay men receiving a positive HIV diagnosis every day.

Men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately the biggest group affected by HIV.

Other statistics found one in 17 gay men in the UK aged 15 to 59 is now living with HIV, rising to one in eight in London.

November 3, 2014

'Today’s generation of young adults have never known the ravages of AIDS as some of us have'

Tom Ford, the fashion designer who has also become an acclaimed film director, does not want today's younger gays to let their guards down when it comes to HIV and AIDS.

While receiving the Award of Inspiration at amfAR Inspiration Gala last week in Los Angeles, Ford shared his harrowing memories of being a young gay man in New York at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.

Ford, 53, shared how he had moved to Manhattan in 1979 just before his 18th birthday to study art history at New York University.

October 28, 2014

West Africans are facing discrimination despite not being infected with Ebola, in an echo of the early days of the AIDS crisis in the US

Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.

‘Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt.

October 17, 2014

'This is potentially the most exciting development in HIV prevention in some years'

The UK is to be offered a pill that reduces risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%.

The daily tablet could soon be offered on the NHS and it is being described as the 'most exciting development in HIV prevention' in years.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

September 19, 2014

Report finds syphilis is at an all-time high in the country, mostly among gay men

Methamphetamine use is responsible for the rise in HIV infections in the Australian state of Victoria, according to a new survey.

A survey conducted by the Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne has shown that 84% of its patients living with HIV said ice was a significant cause for contracting the disease.

Dr Beng Eu, director of the clinic, told Gay News Network, 'I think we're surprised to the degree of the ice use that was common, but the infection of HIV was what we were expecting.

June 30, 2014

'...Through this comprehensive strategy, we are decreasing new HIV infections to the point where by 2020, the number of persons living with HIV in New York State will be reduced for the first time'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used Gay Pride to announce an aggressive proposal to reduce HIV infections in the Empire State.

Called Bending the Curve, the project is meant to decrease new HIV infections so the number of recently developed infections is below the figure of HIV-related deaths.

December 1, 2013

Even if you think you know it all, you’ll be shocked by the myths about the virus and the real truth behind the lies

In the quarter century since the world first learned about HIV and AIDS, our knowledge on how to fight it has improved by leaps and bounds.

But the myths have grown too. Here we bust 11 of the biggest.

Myth: The very worse thing you can do is have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV positive.

May 22, 2013

The death of veteran Indian gay rights activist Shivananda Kahn prompts outpouring of appreciation for his achievements

Gay rights advocates in India and around the world are mourning the death of 'committed, passionate, inspiring, nurturing, visionary' activist Shivananda Khan, who passed away on Monday (20 May).

'[Khan] forged a pioneering path across the decades in helping achieve rights and equality for LGBT individuals and communities in diverse geographies and sociocultural environments from Europe to Asia and the Pacific,' said a statement from the organization he helped found, Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM).

April 7, 2013

Senior health experts say that sex between men is the main cause HIV infections among Chinese college students rose by 25% last year

Gay sex is to blame for most of 2,000 new HIV infections in China last year, according to health experts.

Over 1,700 college students were infected with HIV in 2012, approximately 65% of which were contracted through sex with people of the same gender, according to Xinhau News Agency.

Most of the 1,700 cases were male students, said deputy director of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention Wang Ning.

Ning said that more people getting tested for HIV is one reason for a rise in new cases.

April 5, 2013

Using multiple studies and assessing over 11,000 women from around the world, a study has found HIV is highly prevalant among trans women

Transgender women are 49 times more likely to have HIV than the general population, a new study has found.

Suggesting nearly a fifth of all trans women worldwide have HIV, the study involved over 11,000 women in 15 different countries from around the world.

February 18, 2013

Israel's ministry of health found that infection rate amongst gay men is five times more common than among straights

There has been a 55% increase in HIV infections among gay men since 2005, according to the Israeli ministry of health figures.

According to the figures the rate of HIV infection among gay men is 4.5 times the rate of infection among heterosexuals, reported Haaretz daily.

December 1, 2012

The Australian state of New South Wales believes it can slash new HIV infections by almost two thirds in just three years and hopes to do even better by 2020

Australia’s most populous state has unveiled an ambitious new HIV strategy aimed at reducing new transmissions of the virus among gay men by two thirds in three years.

The New South Wales state Health Minister Jillian Skinner made the announcement to a room full of LGBT health and community groups on World AIDS Day.

December 1, 2012

On World AIDS Day, Lambda Legal points to HIV transmission laws still on the books in many states

On this World AIDS Day, Lambda Legal wonders why so many US states still have HIV criminalization laws.

Scott Schoettes, the legal organization's HIV project director, noted on a blog post that '39 states have HIV-specific criminal statutes or have brought HIV-related criminal charges resulting in more than 80 prosecutions in the United States in the past two years alone.' 

October 29, 2012

Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust hopes to 'put the breaks' on spread of HIV infection among gay and bisexual men

Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will launch England's first ever national HIV testing week later this month.

The week, which will run from 23 to 30 November, is being co-ordinated through HIV Prevention England (HPE), which is a partnership of community organizations funded by the Department of Health to carry out national HIV prevention work in England among high risk groups.

The drive is part of HPE's Think HIV campaign, which aims to encourage gay and bisexual men to test more regularly for the virus.

April 30, 2012

Memorial quilt for the first victims of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand handed to museum in church ceremony

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, accepted the country's AIDS memorial quilt in a church ceremony yesterday.

The quilt, a memorial to the first victims of the AIDS epidemic in New Zealand, was created with the motto: 'Remember their names, cherish their memory, celebrate their lives'.

The first panel was sewn in memory of Peter Cuthbert, the first person to die of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand in 1988.