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February 15, 2014

A prominent church pastor has finally claimed responsibility for an anti-gay petition which demands the health ministry review its online brochure on sexuality for failing to warn against the 'homosexual lifestyle'

A pastor of a megachurch in Singapore, who once referred to the LGBT rights movement as the 'onslaught of the evil one', has revealed himself to be behind an anti-gay petition which was launched two weeks ago.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Lawrence Khong said he has been putting 'all (his) effort' in the past week to mobilize Christians in Singapore to demand that the health minister conducts a 'public enquiry to uncover who is responsible' for an online brochure which 'failed to warn the public of the high health risks associated with the homosexual lifestyle.'

December 19, 2013

Zambian Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has backed plans to provide condoms to male prisoners in the country’s jails to prevent the spread of HIV but critics have claimed it will lead to more gay prison sex

Zambia’s Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has said there is nothing wrong with distributing condoms in prisons and that everything should be done to stop the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the country’s jail system.

‘There is nothing wrong to give condoms to inmates from a medical point of view because we have to give out any preventive measure available to prevent the spread of disease,’ Kasonde said, according to Zambia Reports.

October 21, 2013

A civil union bill on the Mediterranean island is likely to pass but has raised other issues, including whether gay and bi men should be automatically excluded from donating blood

Malta has reaffirmed it will keep the ban on sexually active gay men giving blood – but the island nation is moving towards same-sex civil unions.

The Mediterranean island archipelago is currently debating a form of ‘gay marriage’ – which could be passed within weeks.

But that has led to questions about other LGBT issues, including about the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

And last week the Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia answered that question in a way that disappointed some and confused many.

October 15, 2013

High Court judge has ruled Northern Ireland's gay blood rules are 'irrational' and could overturn the lifetime ban

Northern Ireland's health minister has said he wants to ban men who have gay sex from giving blood, not gay people.

Edwin Poots has responded to the Belfast High Court who ruled he did not have the authority to impose a lifetime gay blood ban.

On Friday (11 October), the judge ruled he had breached the ministerial code by failing to take the issue to the Executive.

Speaking to BBC News, he said if he did break the ministerial code then he did it 'unwittingly'.

October 7, 2013

As gay couples flock to England to adopt, Health Minister Edwin Poots claims he wants the ban as children deserve 'stability'

Gay couples in Northern Ireland could soon be joining the rest of the UK in having the right to adopt children.

But Edwin Poots, the Health Minister, is now doing everything he can to stop that from happening.

The Court of Appeal recently ruled the ban preventing gay, lesbian and unmarried couples from adopting children was unlawful.

The only way a LGB person could adopt was if they were single.

Poots has now applied to the Supreme Court for leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision that the ban is discriminatory.

July 30, 2013

While several has recently closed, at least 80 'gay cure' clinics under the guise of drug rehabilitation centers are still continuing their 'treatments'

Gay, lesbian and bisexual people are being given electric shocks, raped and beaten to ‘cure’ their sexuality in Ecuador.

More than 80 unlicensed clinics in the South American country are reportedly using these techniques, according to Carina Vance Mafla the Health Minister.

In a news conference over the weekend, the openly gay politician said at least two people had died while undergoing ‘treatment’ this year.

‘We have lesbians who have reported what the clinics called “sex therapy”, but which consists of being raped by men,’ she said.

July 28, 2013

More young LGBT people in Ecuador escaping from anti-gay conversion therapy clinics posing as religious retreats or drug rehab centers

More LGBT people in Ecuador are going public about escaping from illegal gay conversion clinics in the region.

According to the country’s Health Minister Carina Vance, who is openly gay, Ecuador has at least 80 unlicensed alcohol and drug rehab clinics, many of which double as illegal centers for anti-gay conversion therapy.

‘We are talking here about a mafia, a network that operates nationally in each of the provinces, which are violating human rights,’ said Vance.

July 18, 2013

Socialist MP and doctor Olivier Veran has called for the lifting of France’s lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling for people to be screened based on behavior rather than sexuality

A French Government backbencher and doctor has delivered a report supporting the end of the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood to Health Minister Marisol Touraine.

Socialist MP Olivier Veran, who is a qualified neurologist, compiled the report after Touraine indicated she might be supportive of lifting the ban if there was evidence that it would not increase the risk of HIV infected blood getting into France’s blood supply.

July 11, 2013

The Queensland government which defunded the state’s only LGBT community health organization has announced that up to 32 positions at Brisbane’s Biala STD Clinic will go

The Liberal National Party government of the Australian state of Queensland has announced further cuts to sexual health services, with up to 32 people at the Biala Clinic in the state capital to go.

The move comes a year after the Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg defunded the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) which had been providing HIV health services to the LGBT community since 1984.

However, HIV services which were originally to be closed will remain, with 10 staff continuing to operate at Metro North health facilities.

July 4, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has appointed a new Mental Health Minister who is anti-same-sex marriage and opposed to lesbians having access to reproductive technologies but LGBT rights groups are cautiously optimistic

Australian Prime Minister has appointed Senator Jacinta Collins to be the country’s new Minister for Mental Health and Aging despite her opposition to same-sex marriage and lesbians getting access to in-vitro fertilization.

Collins was the Social Welfare Officer and Research Officer and then National Industrial Officer with the right wing Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association union before entering politics and last year spoke in parliament to oppose same-sex marriage and parenting.

April 10, 2013

A three-in-one anti-retroviral pill costs only $10 and could hopefully simplify the lives of people living with AIDS

A new cheap pill introduced in South Africa could revolutionize treatment for HIV and AIDS patients.

The treatment, a three-in-one anti-retroviral called an ARV, costs only $10 (€7.65) per patient in a single dose.

Speaking to the Agence France-Presse, South African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said: ‘Before 2010, we were buying the most expensive ARVs in the world.

‘Now we are a country where the ARVs are the cheapest in the world.’

March 25, 2013

Yael German, Israel’s new minister of health, has instructed a public committee to deliberate the removal of a ban on blood donations from gay men

In her first move as Israel's new health minister, Yael German instructed the ministry staff today (25 March) to reconsider the ban on accepting blood donations from gay men.

The form filled out by every blood donor in Israel states that men who have had sex with other men are prohibited from donating blood.

People who are HIV positive, used drugs or been exposed to mad-cow disease, among other constraints, are also prohibited from donating blood.

February 11, 2013

New South Wales health minister Jillian Skinner launches campaign which she says can eliminate HIV in the state by 2020

New South Wales health minister Jillian Skinner launched an ambitious campaign last week to end HIV infections in the Australian state - where 250 gay men catch the virus each year - by 2020.

The Ending HIV campaign focuses on three simple messages: test more, treat early and stay safe.

'It has been 30 years since the first diagnosis of HIV in this state,' said Skinner at the launch of the campaign.

January 17, 2013

British Medical Association is urging Gardasil vaccine, normally used to treat young girls for cervical cancer, should be given to gay men

Doctors have urged the UK government to allow young gay men access to the vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). 

Leading medical professionals are urging the UK government to give gay men access to a vaccine that could prevent anal cancer.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said the Gardasil vaccine, which prevents Human papillomavirus (HPV) and will given to young schoolgirls from next September, should given to gays in sexual health clinics.

January 14, 2013

Australian Right-wing Liberal state government minister continues to stick the knife in gay health charity months after cutting its funding

Queensland health minister has delivered an unrestrained attack on the gay health group he cut funding from last year, and the previous state government, blaming them for a predicted rise in HIV infection.

December 4, 2012

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says Jamaica must keep pace with international opinion and backs ‘buggery law’ review

Jamaica’s Health Minister has indicated anti-gay laws in the country should change ‘for the greater good’ whatever people’s personal opinions.

Dr Fenton Ferguson particularly singled out comments by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who said, during her election campaign a year ago, she would allow her politicians a free vote on scrapping the ‘buggery laws’ that criminalize gay sex on the Caribbean island.

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.

August 28, 2012

An Australian television campaign calling on people to stand up to homophobic abuse has received the backing of one of country’s most popular sporting codes

A new Australian campaign tackling homophobia has been endorsed by the Australian Football League (AFL) rugby code.

The No To Homophobia campaign was launched at the Victorian state parliament today by the Victorian Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge and the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay.

Wooldridge said it was everyone's responsibility to take action on homophobic attitudes.

‘This is a call to action in relation to saying no to homophobia,’ Wooldridge said.

August 6, 2012

Protesters in Londonderry urge for 'biased and illogical' ban on gay blood donations to be lifted in Northern Ireland

Protesters have called on Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots to resign over his refusal to lift a ban on gay people donating blood.

LGBT rights activists shouted 'Give Poots the boot' outside a blood donation session in Londonderry on Saturday (4 August).

They then went inside to offer their blood, which the health service in Northern Ireland is still not allowed to accept, despite restrictions on gay donors being eased in the rest of the UK.

July 14, 2012

In a world first, Australian boys will receive a vaccine against a virus that causes oral, anal and penile cancers in gay men

In a world first, the Australian Government will begin vaccinating boys against strains of the Human Papilomavirus (HPV) that are known to cause cervical cancer in women and oral, penile and anal cancers in men.

Australian schoolgirls have been receiving the Gardasil HPV vaccine since 2007 but the drug was not being subsidised for boys, meaning that a course of the drug was costing parents who wished to immunise their sons many hundreds of dollars.

July 8, 2012

The Australian state of Queensland has delivered on a threat to reroute $2.6 million in AIDS funding to a Ministerial Advisory Group despite the local LGBT community's protests

The Australian state of Queensland has delivered on its threat to set up a Ministerial Advisory Committee to direct where money to combat the spread of HIV should go after it defunded the state’s only LGBT community health organization, and has now announced the composition of the committee.

Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg will now direct $2.6 million in funding it previously gave to the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC) to the advisory committee to distribute, though its supporters are continuing to campaign against the decision.

June 30, 2012

LGBT Australians are still facing high levels of discrimination and violence but the country's Health Minister believes marriage equality will be the final step in ending discrimination against them

Sydney’s Inner City Legal Centre has published new research showing that discrimination and vilification are still major issues for LGBTs in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), while the country’s Health Minister has declared that reforming marriage laws will be the final reform to end legal discrimination against them.

The ‘Outing Injustice: Understanding the legal needs of LGBTI communities in NSW’ report found that 54.4 percent of respondents had experienced vilification by a stranger in a public space.

June 29, 2012

High Court rules there is case for arguing that Northern Ireland ban on gay blood donations is 'irrational and unlawful'

An unidentified gay man has won the first stage of a court battle to lift an 'irrational and unlawful' ban on gay blood donations in Northern Ireland.

The ban, in place since the 1980s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011.  But health minister, Edwin Poots, claims the outlawing of gay donations is is to ensure public safety.

June 28, 2012

A Northern Ireland court has heard how a ban on gay men giving blood is ‘irrational and unlawful’

Lawyers representing an unidentified man have pressed the Northern Ireland health minister to lift a ban on gay blood donations.

The ban, in place since the 1980s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011. However health minister, Edwin Poots, has maintained the ban saying it is to ensure public safety.