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April 16, 2014

PETA have welcomed the controversy over their advert accused of being homophobic, saying they are just like Marmite

PETA are used to controversy, but this time some have accused them of going too far with their new campaign featuring British comic Alan Carr.

The gay Chatty Man host is starring in the latest advert urging people to ‘fix’ the dog and cat overpopulation crisis.

Wearing a pair of pink fairy wings and brandishing a star-shaped magic wand, the ad’s tagline is: ‘Be a Little Fairy for Animals!’

When it was revealed yesterday (17 April), several people took to social media to voice their outrage.

March 6, 2014

Researchers have found that monthly injections of antiretroviral drugs prevented the spread of HIV between infected and uninfected monkeys and are hopeful a similar approach will work in humans

New research by scientists at Rockerfeller University and the Centers for Disease Control has suggested that a person could be effectively inoculated against the HIV virus if given injections of long lasting antiretroviral medicines only four times a year.

It has been known since 2010 that the spread of HIV can be reduced by over 90% by a healthy person taking antiretroviral drugs orally daily but this is the first time research has shown that monthly or less than monthly injections could contain the virus.

March 6, 2014

The study includes 'gene editing,' a treatment where a gene is focused on and disabled

A study shows gene modification could be useful in HIV treatment.

The research, sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, involved the first ever 'gene editing' done in humans.

As reported by the New York Times, 'gene editing' is a procedure that focuses on a gene and disarms it.

January 8, 2014

Coroner blasted the 'filthy', 'unhygienic' conditions of the sauna as a man was left dead for two hours because an attendant believed he was sleeping

A Manchester man was discovered dead in a gay sauna lying in his own poo, a coroner’s report has revealed.

Stephen Green, 46, was found in a ‘rest room’ at the H20 sauna in Manchester’s gay village.

According to the inquest, attendant John McMahon discovered Green at 4am but left him there because he believed the dead man was sleeping.

When he prodded Green but got no response, the attendant cleaned the feces on his body.

January 2, 2014

Two HIV patients believed to have been cured after a bone marrow transplant have relapsed and are back on antiretroviral treatment

Scientists on the hunt for an AIDS cure say despite a major setback, they are more inspired than ever.

Last month, two HIV positive patients believed to have been cured after bone marrow transplants had relapsed and was back onto antiretroviral treatment.

But with the obvious disappointment, comes a huge leap forward.

‘It’s a setback for the patients, of course, but an advance for the field because the field has now gained a lot more knowledge,’ Steven Deeks, a professor and HIV expert at the University of California, told Reuters.

December 27, 2013

National Institute of Health donated part of $19 million to bankroll the bogus findings of an Iowa professor

A scientist is being forced to resign after he admitted to faking a HIV cure to get millions of dollars in grants.

Dr Dong-Pyou Han, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences from Iowa State University, claimed rabbit blood could end the global AIDS epidemic.

December 14, 2013

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recognized as the father of his child conceived with donor semen in a landmark decision

The Supreme Court of Japan has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recorded as his child’s father, despite the child being created with donor sperm, in the first decision of its kind.

The 31-year-old unnamed man legally married his wife in 2008 after undergoing sex change procedures and she gave birth to their son in 2009 after undergoing artificial insemination.

December 10, 2013

Soccer bosses tell England fan she is banned from playing in competitive matches until her transition is 'complete' for two years

A British trans women has been told by the Football Association she can only play on a men’s team.

Despite her teammates and players from opposing teams having no problem with her, Aeris Houlihan faces a gruelling two year wait before she can compete.

The 32-year-old’s passport and driving license confirms her gender, and has provided medical proof her hormone levels are exactly the same as any other woman.

November 30, 2013

Christine Forster tells a national newspaper about coming out, leaving her ex-husband and telling her parents and brother that she is gay

The lesbian sister of right-wing Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has talked openly in a newspaper interview about coming out, leaving her ex-husband and finding love with a woman in middle age.

October 31, 2013

Two studies are being described as 'revolutionary' as doctors believe they could find the evolution to today's drugs that can suppress HIV for good

A new HIV study is being called ‘revolutionary’ after a test on monkeys has proved successful.

In monkeys, doctors injected swarms of germ-fighting antibodies to fight off a cousin of HIV.

The results sharply reduced the blood levels of HIV, and even gave hints that it could help destroy the AIDS virus.

In the journal Nature published this week, the study’s author claims the results could ‘revolutionize efforts to cure HIV’ if the approach is found to work in people.

September 15, 2013

In 1996, The Independent wrote an article about Stephen Crohn called The Man Who Can't Catch AIDS

Stephen Crohn, the gay man whose resistance to HIV helped researchers understand the workings of the virus, died on 23 August.  He was 66.

According to the New York Times, the cause was suicide.

In 1978, Crohn was caring for Jerry Green, his boyfriend. Green lost 30 pounds and went blind. He eventually was diagnosed as one of the first AIDS patients.

September 13, 2013

Couple split six weeks after twins conceived via surrogate

David Tutera, host of the TV show My Fair Wedding, and his ex-husband have resolved a nasty custody battle over their infant twins: each will get one to raise.

The fraternal twins were conceived via a surrogate who was pregnant when Tutera and ex Ryan Jurica announced their split after 10 years of marriage amid some expolsive allegations.

Each sought sole custody of the twins who were born 19 June.

September 12, 2013

A team of US researchers are hoping the theories behind their vaccine for monkeys could be used to protect humans

Monkeys infected with a strain similar to HIV have been cured, giving new hope to find an end to the human virus.

In a study published in the science journal Nature, it showed of 16 monkeys exposed to the virus injected with a vaccine, nine appeared to be able to clear their body of the disease.

The US scientists now wish to see whether a similar approach will work on humans.

The team looked at an aggressive form of virus called SICmac239, a strain 100 times more deadly than HIV.

September 4, 2013

First human tests have been declared as a success with patients' antibodies being boosted after treatment

An HIV prevention vaccine has aced its first clinical trials.

A team of Canadian researchers, from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University, have said their first tests have been a complete success.

Not only has the vaccine worked, it has boosted the production of antibodies in patients it was tested on.

SAV001, one of only a handful of HIV vaccines in the world, is based on a genetically-modified ‘dead’ version of the virus.

August 21, 2013

The organizers of the annual World Dog Show have said they are considering moving the 2016 event out of Russia after the American Kennel Club said it would boycott the event over Russia’s treatment of LGBTs

The President of the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) which puts on the annual World Dog Show has written to the American Kennel Club (AKC) to say that it is considering moving 2016 installment of the event out of Russia after the AKC urged it be held elsewhere because of Russia’s anti-gay crackdown.

August 16, 2013

An outbreak of bacterial meningitis among men who have sex with men in New York appears to have been halted after thousands of gay men got vaccinated against the disease but health authorities remain watchful

There have been no recorded cases of a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis in half a year, indicating that a proactive campaign to get men who have sex with men vaccinated may have worked.

‘We think that because we’ve had no cases in six months, we have to conclude that enough of the population has been vaccinated to provide protection at least for now,’ New York City deputy commissioner of disease control Dr Jay K Varma told the New York Times.

July 19, 2013

Illamasqua have created a new cosmetic care product that is amazing for perking up your dry, ropey skin from a heavy night out

This stunning summer is well underway, and we already have been celebrating and having too many late nights.

At Illamasqua, we have launched a new cosmetic care item called Hydra Veil perfect for rejuvenating the skin the morning after.

While we are proud to be a color brand, we do believe your skin needs to be well kept in order to provide an optimal canvas for said colors to shine.

July 15, 2013

New Zealand’s Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee is considering whether to give the HPV vaccine to boys but has suggested that it would limit vaccinations to those who are same sex attracted

New Zealand is considering whether to immunize males aged 11 to 25 against the HPV virus but it is likely the country will take the cheapskate approach of only immunizing those who identify as same-sex attracted.

In neighboring Australia beginning in 2013, all boys and girls aged 12 to 13 can receive the HPV vaccine regardless of sexuality through school based vaccination programs.

July 5, 2013

New York State lawmakers have passed legislation to allow pharmacists to administer the Meningitis vaccine to curb an outbreak among gay men in the city, while Florida Health officials have urged gay men in that state to get vaccinated

New York State lawmakers have moved to allow pharmacists to administer the Meningitis vaccine in the face of an outbreak of a potentially deadly strain of the disease among the city’s gay men.

There have been 22 cases of severe viral meningitis in New York since 2010 with 17 of those last year, killing seven people, while another man died from the disease in California in April.

July 3, 2013

Boston doctors believe Timothy Ray Brown, the Berlin Patient, was not just a one-off after two more patients are believed to have been 'cured' with cancer treatment

Two men may have been ‘cured’ of HIV in Boston.

The patients, who underwent bone marrow transplants several years ago for cancer, no longer have any detectable levels of HIV in their blood cells.

It is too early to tell whether they are still infected with the virus, so doctors are cautious about saying the two are ‘cured’.

May 31, 2013

Golden Boy, a new novel about an intersex teenager, is quickly becoming a critics’ favorite. We chatted with its young author, Abigail Tarttelin, about the issues it addresses

Abigail Tarttelin is only 25 but her second novel, released this month, is already on the shelves and you’d have to look pretty hard to find a bad review.

Golden Boy is the story of Max Walker, a 16-year-old with a lifestyle that every schoolboy would envy – the only complication being that he is half schoolgirl.

May 10, 2013

Positive Outlook offers online support for HIV positive gay men in Australia, pilot trial seeks participants

HIV positive gay men in Australia are being recruited for a study that will look at the value of an online program that offers them emotional and practical support.

The program, Positive Outlook, has been developed by Monash University's Human Research Ethics Committee in Melbourne. It is looking at how developing intimate online relationships with other people who are HIV positive can improve health.

April 15, 2013

The Harley Medical Group are offering you the chance to win the best cosmetics to keep you beautiful.

We all want to look our best every day of the year, and are always on the lookout for great deals on keeping ourselves beautiful.

GSN want you to look and feel fabulous as much as anyone, and because of this we have teamed up with the UK’s Harley Medical Group to offer you the chance to win a free goody bag of the top cosmetics available.

Lasting a fortnight, we have a female and male goody bag up for grabs each week. Anyone can enter from the UK to the Ukraine, Canada to Cameroon.

March 22, 2013

Gian Paolo Vanoli makes the headlines in Italy after saying 'Every vaccine is a poison that blocks your personality' but believes drinking urine is a 'perfect cure'

Italian scientist and journalist Gian Paolo Vanoli is making the headlines in Italy after claiming vaccines make you gay or lesbian.

Interviewed by Vice.com, Vanoli said: ‘When a vaccine is injected into a child, it is a sort of poison and makes the child gay.

‘This is a problem we’ll notice in the next generations, because now gay people want children and these children will inherit their parents’ DNA.

‘Homosexuality is a disease. I know that the World Health Organization does not think so, but I don’t care.