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June 17, 2015

'Gay men everywhere were dying in droves. It seemed like a forgone conclusion'

Andy Cohen was honored by the American Foundation for AIDS Research on Tuesday (16 June) and the occasion led him to reflect on the fear he felt when arriving in New York City 25 years ago.

'When I moved to New York City in 1990, I was so excited to be here I didn’t get much sleep,' he said while accepting the amfAR Award of Inspiration.

'I was a gay 22-year-old taking advantage of everything the city had to offer and I was also terrified. I was really terrified that I was going to get sick and die.'

June 12, 2015

New research published in the journal AIDS suggests gay and bisexual men in anti-gay Eastern European countries are not getting the sex education and services they need to stop the spread of HIV

Eastern Europe may have to pay a toll for anti-gay attitudes in the form of having to take care of a greater number of HIV patients in the future if new research in the journal AIDS is correct.

Researchers from Europe and the United States looked at HIV service usage, need and behaviors among 175,000 gay or bisexual men living across 38 European countries with differing levels of national homophobia.

May 31, 2015

A writer celebrates living with HIV today, and not thirty years ago

In a new video, a writer makes us appreciate being born at a time when having HIV is not a death sentence.

Tyler Curry is a writer and photographer from Texas: in his video, entitled The Face of HIV/AIDS: Then and Now, he says he's fortunate to be born at a time when HIV doesn’t prevent him from living his life.

May 29, 2015

In a move welcomed by those working in the field of gay men’s health, HIV home-testing kits are now available in the UK. The kit’s producers say that demand has exceeded their expectations

The makers of the first home-testing HIV test to go on sale in the UK have told Gay Star News that the kits have been met with an ‘overwhelming’ response since their launch last month.

In the US, over-the-counter rapid home-testing HIV kits were approved by the FDA in 2012  – a move believed to have helped nudge UK authorities in following suit.

May 29, 2015

In a move welcomed by those working in the field of gay men’s health, HIV home-testing kits are now available in the UK. The kit’s producers say that demand has exceeded their expectations

The makers of the first home-testing HIV test to go on sale in the UK have told Gay Star News that the kits have been met with an ‘overwhelming’ response since their launch last month.

In the US, over-the-counter rapid home-testing HIV kits were approved by the FDA in 2012  – a move believed to have helped nudge UK authorities in following suit.

May 20, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why those who condemn PrEP medication need to appreciate the valuable role it can play in preventing HIV infections

How do you feel about the sex that you have? Is it all good fun, or is it something that, deep down, you still feel bad about?

Is the sex that we enjoy something to be celebrated or something to be ashamed of? And how do you feel about the sex that other gay men have?

It may seem odd to even ask these questions but really, there’s nothing more central to improving sexual health than to consider how we, as gay men, feel about the sex that we’re having.

May 16, 2015

The 23-year-old has been convicted of exposing one sex partner to HIV and attempting to expose four others

A HIV-positive former college wrestler from Missouri will spend at least 30 years in jail after being found guilty of failing to inform his sexual partners of his HIV status.

Michael Johnson, 23, was found guilty after a 3-day trial on five of six counts against him – three of the six counts were exposing someone to HIV and three were attempting to expose someone to HIV. He was found not guilty on a sixth charge – exposing another man to HIV.

May 16, 2015

The 23-year-old has been convicted of exposing one sex partner to HIV and attempting to expose four others

A HIV-positive former college wrestler from Missouri will spend at least 30 years in jail after being found guilty of failing to inform his sexual partners of his HIV status.

Michael Johnson, 23, was found guilty after a 3-day trial on five of six counts against him – three of the six counts were exposing someone to HIV and three were attempting to expose someone to HIV. He was found not guilty on a sixth charge – exposing another man to HIV.

May 14, 2015

Activists slam HIV criminalization laws for unfairly targeting black men

A former college wrestler Thursday (14 May) was found guilty of 'recklessly infecting' a man with HIV, attempting to infect another, and exposing three others to the virus.

Michael Johnson, 23, now faces up to 30 years in jail.

A Missouri court heard that the former Lindenwood University student tested positive for HIV in January 2013. He continued to have unprotected sex until he was arrested in October that year after a partner who contracted the virus from went to the police.

May 13, 2015

HIV expert Lucy Maroncha says the laws in Kenya are only leading to an increase of HIV cases

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV.

May 13, 2015

HIV expert Lucy Maroncha says the laws in Kenya are only leading to an increase of HIV cases

In Kenya, stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities, particularly men who have sex with men and transgender people, is putting them at increased risk of HIV.

May 8, 2015

Similar to contraceptive implants, it releases a sustained dose of antiretrovirals for up to 40 days

Scientists at the Oak Crest Institute of Science in California have developed a matchstick-size implant that could 'revolutionize' HIV treatment.

The implant, similar to a contraceptive implant, delivers a controlled, sustained release of antiretroviral drugs for up to 40 days in dogs with no adverse side effects.

'To our knowledge this is the first implant to be used for this purpose,' said Dr Marc Baum, senior faculty and founder of the institute.

May 8, 2015

Similar to contraceptive implants, it releases a sustained dose of antiretrovirals for up to 40 days

Scientists at the Oak Crest Institute of Science in California have developed a matchstick-size implant that could 'revolutionize' HIV treatment.

The implant, similar to a contraceptive implant, delivers a controlled, sustained release of antiretroviral drugs for up to 40 days in dogs with no adverse side effects.

'To our knowledge this is the first implant to be used for this purpose,' said Dr Marc Baum, senior faculty and founder of the institute.

May 5, 2015

Thomas Miguel Guerra, who is thought to have had unprotected sex with at least 24 other men, says:  'I am not a monster'

A judge has sentenced a gay man to six months in jail for knowingly spreading the HIV virus to his ex-boyfriend.

'I am not a monster,' Thomas Miguel Guerra said in court. 'I would never ever do something like what I'm accused of.'

Guerra received the maximum sentence from an angry judge who was frustrated that she could not give him more time behind bars.

May 2, 2015

'If there is an infection, we should try and cure it, not stigmatize it.'

An Austrian magazine has used ink infused with the blood of three HIV+ people to print a special edition of their current issue.

Vangardist magazine, usually only available online, release their third print issue, called the Heroes-issue, next week.

A special edition of 3.000 copies have been printed with ink containing blood donated by three HIV positive men; a further 15.000 copies have been printed using normal ink.

April 21, 2015

Branden James: 'I was shocked to see that people took it a lot less harsh than I ever anticipated'

His HIV status had long been singer Branden James' most closely-guarded secret.

But now the former America's Got Talent contestant has gone public about being HIV positive - a diagnosis he received a decade ago when he was in his mid-20s.

' ... The guilt and shame that I carried with me which was daunting,' he says in an interview with the digital magazine aTEEN.

April 14, 2015

The Victorian Government has announced it will move to repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act which singles out the deliberate spreading of HIV as a separate crime to deliberately exposing people to other serious illnesses

Australia is to lose its last law singling out the deliberate transmission of HIV to another person or persons, 22 years after the Victorian state government decided that it needed to be treated separately to the deliberate transmission of other serious illnesses.

Section 19A of Victoria’s Crimes Act punishes the deliberate transmission of HIV with up to 25 years in prison and was originally intended to discourage the scenario where a person stabs another person with a syringe full of blood that they knew contains HIV.

April 13, 2015

'The goal is a once-a-year shot for prevention and a combination for cure'

A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found.

Their work was published in the journal Nature on 8 April and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans.

'We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for HIV-1 prevention, therapy and cure,' wrote the study's lead author, Michel Nussenzweig.

April 9, 2015

Chad Allen was regular on TV's Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and went on to play many gay roles

When Chad Allen was in the middle of a six-year run playing Jane Seymour's son on the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, he was cruelly outed when photos of him kissing a guy were sold to a tabloid in 1996.

But instead of going away, Allen spent nearly two more decades working on television, in movies and on the stage as an openly gay actor.

This week, Allen publicly said goodbye to that part of his life - on his terms.

April 8, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years. In that time I’ve had my share of sexual and romantic rejections on the basis of my HIV status.

While these don’t make up any of my happiest memories, I’ve tried to take it on the chin.

I’ve always been a firm believer that individuals have a right to work out the sexual strategy that is right for them – and that included rejecting people on the basis of their HIV status. But, you know what – I’ve had a change of heart. It’s bullshit.

Firstly, as a safer sex strategy, it just doesn’t work.

April 3, 2015

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it'

Nigel Farage has been criticised for his comments about the treatment of foreign patients with HIV on the NHS. 

The UKIP leader, who made the remarks during last night's leadership debate on ITV, labelled those who come to the UK to receive treatment 'health tourists'. 

'Here’s a fact, and I’m sure other people will be mortified that I dare to talk about it,' he said. 'There are 7000 diagnoses in this country every year for people who are HIV positive, but 60 percent of them are not for British nationals.'

April 3, 2015

'Would you want an ex-porn star who has tried to commit suicide by HIV representing you?'

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has questioned HIV positive Lib Dem candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett's credibility. 

During an interview with Buzzfeed this week, Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, revealed how his clinical depression as a student led him down a self-destructive path to become purposefully infected with HIV. 

March 31, 2015

Lib Dem candidate admits to making a pornographic wrestling film at the height of his depression

A gay UK politician has said he deliberately caught HIV in a suicidal act.

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate, is the first parliamentary candidate to come out as HIV positive and the first political figure to do so in 10 years. Chris Smith, of Labour, was the last in 2005.

He is hoping to win the seat in Vauxhall, the gay area of south London infamous for the popularity of drugs  and deaths from overdoses.

Hyyrylainen-Trett has some experience in this area, having battled depression, drug addiction, overdoses and suicidal attempts.

March 25, 2015

To curb the spread of HIV

Maharashtra's health minister has come under fire for saying LGBTI people need 'psychological treatment.'

Deepak Sawant made the comment Monday (23 March) in response to an opposition lawmaker's question about the state government's plan to curb HIV transmission in the LGBTI community.

‘There is a need for psychological treatment and counselling of the community. We would work with NGOs working in the sector,’ he told the state legislative assembly.