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July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 22, 2014

‘This is a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go and many obstacles to overcome before we can start talking about a cure against HIV'

A Danish study is being proclaimed to be one of the biggest steps towards finding a ‘cure’ for HIV.

Using anti-cancer drugs to ‘kick out’ hidden HIV from infected cells, it could be the key to flush out and destroy the virus for good.

The successful study saw Doctor Ole Schmeltz Søgaard and his team test the anti-cancer drug, Romidepsin, on six HIV patients from April this year.

It found the drug increased the ‘hibernated’ HIV virus in a cell to such an extent it was ‘shocked’ out of its hiding place and was able to be detected in the blood.

July 20, 2014

'It's a really important time for what we think everyone needs, which is a space to grieve and to respect the six members of our community that died on MH17'

At the 20 July opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference there was moment of remembrance for those who lost their lives aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

The conference, held in Melbourne, is the biggest meeting of AIDS activists, researchers, and advocates. Approximately 12,000 delegates are expected to attend.

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 19, 2014

The data used span a decade, making this a larger and longer trend examination than any previous report

A new study shows the rate of HIV diagnosis in the US has reduced by a third in the past 10 years.

The survey was published today, 19 July, by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The investigation is part of the publication's HIV research report, made public ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference (held in Melbourne, Australia).

July 18, 2014

It has been claimed that around 100 of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were HIV experts traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia

The global HIV research community is in mourning after it was revealed that many of the passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, shot down over the Ukraine, may have been traveling to attend the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

July 11, 2014

The shock advice that every man who has sex with men in the world should be taking medicine – and why it wasn’t what it seemed

Every gay and bisexual man on the planet was told to start taking drugs today – for as long as they are sexually active, even if it is the rest of their lives.

That was the message on Twitter from no lesser body than the World Health Organization (WHO).

And they meant it.

By getting gay and trans people who have sex with men to take Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – a drug regimen for people who don’t have HIV – they hoped to cut the number of people worldwide who contract the virus by 1million over the next 10 years.

July 10, 2014

'...It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle'

A Republican candidate for a Minnesota House of Representatives seat is consumed with sodomy and sharing 'scientific' theories that are not connected to actual science.

Bob Frey is running in the Republican primary to represent House District 47A. The MinnPost asked Frey his stance on social issues and he offered the following:

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.

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.

June 16, 2014

'I think he changed me for the better. I grew from getting to play him'

The Normal Heart had its premiere on HBO last month but the film is still being talked about because it is expected to be nominated for multiple Emmy Awards.

Matt Bomer, considered a shoo-in for a supporting actor nod, admitted to the Los Angeles Times' awards section The Envelope why has been unable to let his character of Felix Turner go.

June 10, 2014

Director calls it 'full circle moment' since film is about AIDS activists trying to get the attention of the government

President Barack Obama this week called The Normal Heart's director Ryan Murphy to let him know he had seen the AIDS drama.

He loved it and found it moving, according to Deadline Hollywood.

There is irony in the call since in the film, activist Ned Weeks (played by Mark Ruffalo) rages against the state and federal government officials over their indifference to the AIDS epidemic that was killing so many men in the 1980s.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

June 2, 2014

As part of Europe’s biggest HIV and AIDS charity fundraiser, the iconic American artist had his way with a four-wheeled piece of art provided by Audi

A custom decorated Audi has raised €110,000 ($149,747) for HIV and AIDS research.

The vehicle, auctioned off at this year’s Vienna Life Ball AIDS Solidarity Gala, was designed by American director and artist David LaChapelle and featured a psychedelic flora and fauna design keeping with this year’s Life Ball theme A Garden of Earthly Delights.

For the past 22 years, the celebrity-studded event has raised funds to help support organizations devoted to helping people who are HIV-positive or who have AIDS.

June 2, 2014

The World Health Organization and half a dozen United Nations groups have condemned the forced sterilization of transgender people and intersex people in order to make them conform with the gender binary

The World Health Organization (WHO) has joined forces with UN Women, UN AIDS, UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Development Programme and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to condemn the forced sterilization of transgender and intersex people in a groundbreaking report.

May 24, 2014

'There is so much work still to be done, but there's also so much potential'

Entertainer and AIDS activist Elton John is hoping the HBO drama The Normal Heart will serve as a reminder to people that AIDS has still not been cured.

'Today, we know how to protect everyone, and we have the ability to treat every single person living with HIV," he writes in a first-person column Friday for CNN.

May 22, 2014

Author wanted assurance Murphy was brave enough to show what gay life and AIDS crisis was like

When The Normal Heart author Larry Kramer sat down with Ryan Murphy to discuss making a movie version of his landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, the outspoken Kramer was very 'bold' with his questions.

Murphy recalled part of their initial conversation at a special screening in Los Angeles on Wednesday (21 May) attended by Gay Star News: 'He said: "Are you going to show cock? Are you going to really go for it? Are you brave enough to show what it was really like?"'

May 21, 2014

'I always thought like I was really on borrowed time, which is where I think a lot of my ambition came from'

Ryan Murphy was so compelled to buy the rights to The Normal Heart and make it into a movie that he dug into his retirement account to make the deal.

There's a deeply personal reason why the director felt so connected to the piece written by Larry Kramer about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City: Murphy came of age as a gay man just as the AIDS crisis was beginning to unfold.

May 20, 2014

Come and see the line-up for the Garden of Earthly Delights, this year’s theme for Life Ball: Europe’s biggest HIV and AIDS charity event held 31 May

Sumptuous. Sensual. Soulful.

Try as we might, we can't find enough words to describe what is Europe's largest HIV and AIDS charity event, and one of the world's most exclusive and anticipated parties.

The official party held in Vienna’s grandiose city hall is preceded by an amazing opening show worthy of Olympic cred graced by huge names like designer Vivienne Westwood, amfAR CEO Kevin Frost, Givenchy head Riccardo Tisci and celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Love. Additional celebrities, artists and performers slated to participate this year include:

May 18, 2014

Sexual health campaigners want a pill to reduce the risk oF HIV infection available on the NHS in the UK

A pill which can reduce the risk of HIV infection maybe be available on the NHS, if sexual health campaigners have their way.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, more commonly known as PrEP, can reduce the risk of HIV infection if the person is exposed to the virus.

Where some campaigners are anxious to have the pill introduced to the NHS in the UK, others worry the pill may reduce condom usage for safe sex.

A trial is currently underway involving 550 gay men in Brighton called PROUD, and takes place over the course of two years.

May 18, 2014

The 10K walk attracted locals and visitors from California

Sam Binkow was a minor celebrity today, 18 May, at the AIDS Walk New York. He promised to walk in a Speedo if he could get $3,000 (€2,100) in donations.

The Los Angeles man accumulated $9,000 (€6,500) and joined thousands of others in Central Park to walk 10K for AIDS/HIV organizations.

'The Speedo brings out the donations,' Binkow said to GSN. 'I love it and so does my girlfriend.'

The day was a financial success. Organizers announced, via Twitter, participants collected a total of $5.1 million (€3.7).

May 13, 2014

A 19-year-old tells UK’s Michael Gove that sex education should be compulsory

A gay teenager living with HIV has written an open letter calling the UK government to make sex education compulsory.

Luke Alexander, 19, discovered he had HIV a year ago and received ‘absolutely no information’ about it when he was at school.

He says he may have avoided becoming infected if he had.

In his open letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove, Alexander says the ‘vast majority of young people have little or no common knowledge’ about HIV.

April 18, 2014

Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer are featured in biggest look yet inside movie adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed play

HBO today released the first full trailer of its upcoming film The Normal Heart which shows stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer in dramatic and emotional scenes.

The film, which premieres on 25 May, is based on Larry Kramer's acclaimed play about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

Roberts, who plays a doctor in the film, says in the film: 'I've never seen or heard of anything like this - it seems to be only happening to gay men.'

April 13, 2014

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has completed his London Marathon bid in 4hrs and 14mins and scored a victory in the fight against AIDS

G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph has raced passed three big goals today (13 April) – a successful London Marathon finish, a unique challenge to get people tested for HIV and a massive fundraising victory for AIDS.

Joseph was supported by Gay Star News, his own staff and a team of volunteers from Student Pride in his unique marathon effort today.

He managed the race in 4hrs, 14minutes and 48seconds.

And as he passed each mile post, a team from 56 Dean Street clinic in London’s Soho was on hand to test a person for HIV at his G-A-Y Bar.