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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.

March 19, 2015

Three in ten lie about their age, height or weight

A new survey has revealed how often gay men lie on dating apps and their online mating habits.

Nearly 4,000 gay men aged 18 to 65 participated in the grabhim.net survey over four weeks in February.

Some 83% of respondents admitted to sending pictures of their penis, which could explain why only 3% said they exaggerate their size when asked.

March 13, 2015

National AIDS Trust ‘deeply concerned’ by cuts
 

A 50% cut in a HIV prevention project funding could have grave consequences, the UK's National AIDS Trust (NAT) has warned today.

The funding for the programme HIV Prevention England (HPE) has been halved from £2.4 million ($3.5 million €3.4 million) to £1.2 million ($1.8 million €1.7 million),with a further £1.2 million allocated to a mixture of testing services and grants.

 

 

NAT CEO Deborah Gold said today (13 March): ‘We are deeply concerned about the level of upheaval to HIV prevention provision across the country.

March 12, 2015

FDA approve trial expansion after promising results

A therapy that involves modifying DNA cells has proved effective in controlling HIV without drugs, and trials have been expanded and extended.

The treatment works by infusing patients with a dose modified white blood, or 'T cells’, so the patient becomes largely resistant to HIV.

Although current HIV regimens can control the virus, they can have side effects and a number people are resistant to certain drugs. 

March 12, 2015

Defendant bragged about giving people his 'positive load'

A San Diego man faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest to willfully spreading HIV.

Thomas Miguel Guerra, 30, lied about his positive status when he started a relationship with another man in 2013, according to the city attorney's office.

They dated for several months in 2013 and had unprotected sex at Guerra's urging.

March 9, 2015

One in five say they have been bullied by a teacher or another adult at the school

Gay students are not receiving any information about same-sex relationships or even about their sexual health.

In a new UK study, it found three quarters of 14 to 19-year-old gay students have not been given any advice about navigating adult same-sex relationships.

A third have also said they have not been taught about HIV and safer sex, with many unaware of how the virus is actually transmitted.

The National Aids Trust, who surveyed 1,000 teens, said the lack of proper education was likely fueling the rise in young men contracting HIV.

March 7, 2015

The attorney-activist says he is 'extremely disappointed' by his father's actions and is in 'fairly intense talks with (his) dad and his office about this issue'

Beau Miller, an openly gay attorney in Houston, has spoken out against his father State Representative Rick Miller's move to introduce a bill which contains a provision nullifying city-level LGBT protections in Texas, the Texas Observer reported.

HB 1556, called the Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act, would prohibit cities in the state from adopting or enforcing nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

March 6, 2015

Leading LGBTI activist is urging the government to change
 

Zimbabwe cannot control HIV and AIDS if it continues to discriminate against LGBTI people, a leading activist has said. 

Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) Chesterfield Samba has urged the government to revise the anti-gay laws that stop necessary discussion into urgent health issues.

‘We are saying that there must be a revision of laws that inhibit CSOs [Chief Security Officers] and the government from engaging on issues of key populations’ he said in an interview with The Zimbabwean.

March 3, 2015

CPPCC member says measure would help prevent the spread of HIV

A political advisor will propose a ban on group sex between men at the country's annual legislative sessions which begin tomorrow (4 March).

Professor Sun Jianfang from the Institute of Dermatology at Peking Union Medical College said the measure would help prevent the spread of HIV.

The member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference said current laws on prostitution and group sex were limited to heterosexuals and should be amended to explicitly criminalize gay sex, the state-run Xinhua Daily reported.

February 24, 2015

'PrEP is, quite simply, a game-changer'

New research released today has shown that Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can lower the risk of contracting HIV by 86%.

The PROUD study, carried out by MRC CTU at UCL and Public Health England, aimed to find whether prescribing PrEP to men who have sex with men would lower their risk of becoming infected with HIV.

The 86% protection rate found with daily usage of PrEP (Truvada) is the highest ever seen in a randomized study with the drug.

February 18, 2015

HIV strain CRF19 can progress to AIDS in less than 3 years, meaning anti-retroviral drugs may come too late to control it, but Cuban and Belgian scientists are working together to study the virus

Scientists in Cuba are dealing with an aggressive new strain of HIV that progresses so fast to AIDS that many patients do not even realize they are infected before their immune system is seriously compromised.

The strain has been named CRF19 and is a combination of HIV sub-types A, D and G.

CRF19 has been observed before in Africa but only in isolated cases and it is unknown why or how the strain is now appearing in Cuba.

February 18, 2015

New trials proclaimed a huge success in monkeys, but HIV charities urge caution

An HIV trial in monkeys is being pronounced a huge success, after it inactivated all strains of the virus and also prevented infection.

Researchers developed a protein-based treatment, when given to monkeys, worked as a 'vaccine' for the simian version of HIV - SHIV.

It found the protein, known as eCD4-Ig, when it enters the body, HIV cannot enter the immune cells and actually becomes inert.

In a paper published in the journal Nature, the team of researchers the technique can 'function like an effective HIV-1 vaccine'.

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 7, 2015

  Health officials are calling on Washington single gay men to get checked as soon as possible  

Two gay men in King County, Washington have been left permanently blind after contracting a rare strain of syphilis.

Six cases of ocular syphilis have been reported in the state since mid-December, three gay men, with three being HIV positive.

All of the patients reported they were suffering from a loss of vision, blurring, having a blue tinge to their vision and seeing 'floaters' and flashing lights.

Three of the patients were hospitalized to receive intravenous penicillin treatment; one patient refused care.

February 5, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida is hearing a case where it must decide whether sex between men meets the legal definition of intercourse in the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about having HIV to their partners

Florida’s state Supreme Court will have to decide whether sex between people of the same-sex constitutes intercourse after a defense lawyer successfully argued that his client had not violated the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about their HIV status because the sex was gay.

The case came about after a Key West man named Gary Debaun was accused of lying to his partner about whether he had HIV.

According to court records Debaun was asked to take a HIV test by his partner.

February 5, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida is hearing a case where it must decide whether sex between men meets the legal definition of intercourse in the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about having HIV to their partners

Florida’s state Supreme Court will have to decide whether sex between people of the same-sex constitutes intercourse after a defense lawyer successfully argued that his client had not violated the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about their HIV status because the sex was gay.

The case came about after a Key West man named Gary Debaun was accused of lying to his partner about whether he had HIV.

According to court records Debaun was asked to take a HIV test by his partner.

January 29, 2015

Ethan Regal, a gay man living in Nigeria, writes about his experiences growing up and living in one of the worst places in the world to be gay

When I was a young boy in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a mysterious, unexplainable tingling sensation whenever I saw an attractive guy. The stories I heard regarding romance involved a boy and girl. So I thought to myself: maybe I’m a girl deep down. That seemed like the only explanation for my attraction.

I kept thinking that perhaps God made a mistake. Perhaps I was meant to be a girl. I never had issues with my body. I wasn’t interested in getting rid of my penis or growing breasts. I just thought that in order to be with a boy I have to be a girl.

January 19, 2015

New South Wales politician loses battle with cancer

Paul O'Grady, Australia's first openly gay state MP, died yesterday (18 January) in Sydney after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

The Labor politician was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1988 to 1996. He became the first parliamentarian in the state to publicly come out in 1990.

O'Grady went on to champion LGBTI issues in parliament and invited all MPs to march with him at Sydney Mardi Gras in 1992.

January 19, 2015

New South Wales politician loses battle with cancer

Paul O'Grady, Australia's first openly gay state MP, died yesterday (18 January) in Sydney after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 57 years old.

The Labor politician was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1988 to 1996. He became the first parliamentarian in the state to publicly come out in 1990.

O'Grady went on to champion LGBTI issues in parliament and invited all MPs to march with him at Sydney Mardi Gras in 1992.

January 19, 2015

Report finds the women face 'amplified stigma' due to their gender and job

Transgender female sex workers are among the most marginalized and discriminated populations in China, according to a new report.

Based on 10 months of research by Asia Catalyst and two Chinese community-based organizations, Beijing Zuoyou Center and Shanghai CSW (commercial sex worker) and MSM (men who have sex with men) Center, the report found transgender sex workers experience 'amplified stigma' due to both their gender identity and their profession.

January 12, 2015

'The culture of shaming and silence has harmed us as people, especially in Africa.'

A Nigerian author and brand expert has taken to Facebook to publicly come out as gay.

Kenny Brandmuse, who was married for six years, had also recently disclosed that he is HIV positive.

In two separate posts, Brandmuse addressed both his sexuality and his HIV status saying he would continue to write for those who are misunderstood and discriminated against.

‘One day, very soon, it will no longer be news that some of us are gay because the next generation will regard all mankind with dignity, irrespective of sexuality,' he said.

January 9, 2015

Gay rights activists have applauded the decision

A health minister in Zimbabwe has said men who have sex with men in prison should be protected from HIV and AIDS.

Dr Owen Mugurungi, the HIV and TB Director in the Ministry of Health, said it would be ‘disastrous’ to ignore homosexuality was ‘rife in prisons’.

He said:  'We might want to deny that men have sex with men but we know that in prison that this thing does happen.’

This has been received well by the LGBTI community in the country who have applauded the minister.

January 1, 2015

Newly released documents from the government of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke reveal that it considered forcing gay men to be tested for HIV as it was feared the virus could have been running rampant in the community without anyone’s knowledge

Newly released cabinet papers for the years 1988 and 1989 have revealed the fears of the government of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke during the earliest years of the AIDS epidemic.

At that time over a thousand cases of HIV had been diagnosed since 1983, with around half of those people having died by 1988.

However as it was known by that time that a person could have the virus for many years without showing signs of being sick the Australian Government feared as many as 25,000 Australians could have already have been infected by 1988.

January 1, 2015

Newly released documents from the government of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke reveal that it considered forcing gay men to be tested for HIV as it was feared the virus could have been running rampant in the community without anyone’s knowledge

Newly released cabinet papers for the years 1988 and 1989 have revealed the fears of the government of Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke during the earliest years of the AIDS epidemic.

At that time over a thousand cases of HIV had been diagnosed since 1983, with around half of those people having died by 1988.

However as it was known by that time that a person could have the virus for many years without showing signs of being sick the Australian Government feared as many as 25,000 Australians could have already have been infected by 1988.