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January 25, 2015

The health minister, Leo Varadkar, who came out as gay last week, is reviewing options presented to him by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Ireland’s Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, who recently came out as gay, has indicated that the country’s ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood may be relaxed.

Currently, gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood – a measure introduced in 1985 following the emergence of HIV and AIDS.

January 15, 2015

His boyfriend thinks he's a little bit 'crazy'

A 20-year-old gay man has spent £20,000 ($30,000, €26,000) to look like British glamour model and tabloid star Katie Price.

Nathan Thursfield, from Stoke-On-Trent, has a 'major fascination' with the model and decided to take out loans to look like her.

He spent £6,000 ($9,100, €7,800) to have his nose reconstructed to match hers, and he also had his eyebrows tattooed on.

And he's not done yet. The 20-year-old plans to have five of his front teeth replaced with veneers, have liposuction and a bum lift that will cost him £4,500 ($6,800, €5,900).

January 13, 2015

Trying to get pregnant? Anya Sizer, of London Women’s Clinic, offers some words of advice for women who are planning on conceiving or undergoing IVF treatment

A pre-conception diet needs to start long before you see those two magical lines appear on a home pregnancy test.

Most experts suggest that a minimum of three months is needed to get yourself in tip-top condition to provide a healthy environment for your baby to grow.

Even if you already think you follow a healthy diet you could probably benefit from increasing your intake of certain vitamins and minerals. Indeed, one recent study indicates approximately 74% of women are nutrient deficient.

January 2, 2015

'I don't know how I sensed it without anyone ever telling me'

Robbie Rogers reveals many things in his new autobiography Coming Out to Play including the surprising fact that he was a twin.

It's something he sensed from a very early age without anyone ever telling him.

'One day when I was six or seven years old I asked my mother if I had a twin brother,' he writes.

It's a fascinating story he let his mother, Theresa Rarick Rogers, write about in the book.

'I never said a word to my children about Robbie's twin, so I was shocked when Robbie asked me about his twin brother,' she writes.

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.

December 31, 2014

California health authorities have warned that an unnamed gay adult film performer recently became infected with HIV after having sex with another male performer who thought he didn’t have the virus but later tested positive for it

The California Department of Public Health issued a public bulletin warning of the health risks of not using condoms in the adult film industry after an unnamed adult performer was recently infected during a condomless gay porn shoot.

According to the bulletin, ‘A male adult entertainment actor obtained a test for HIV that was negative. Over the following two-week period, the actor had unprotected sex with several other male actors during two separate film shoots.’

December 30, 2014

The ruling came about after a Berlin couple had a son born via the use of a Californian surrogate mom and wanted to both be recognised as the child's parents

In a judgment that will provide legal recognition to some of Germany's gay parents, a ruling by the Bundesgerichtshof (the German Federal Court of Justice) has decreed that the male partner of any man with a surrogate child may also be regarded as the child’s parent.

Surrogacy is currently illegal in Germany. However, an increasing number of gay couples are exploring surrogacy as a route to parenthood, typically using surrogate moms abroad.

However, until now, only the biological father of any children born was recognized as the parent.

December 26, 2014

Tweets that government must 'have courage to set policies based on science'

US Senator Elizabeth Warren is blasting The US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to lift its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men as long as they abstain from sex for at least a year.

'The FDA must commit to building a bigger, safer blood supply through risk-based screening & have courage to set policies based on science,' the powerful senator from Massachusetts stated via Twitter.

December 24, 2014

The annual conference for gay men who may be considering surrogacy returns to San Francisco on 10 January 2015

Interested in becoming a parent through surrogacy? Live on or near the west coast of the USA?

Men Having Babies have teamed up with Our Family Coalition to host a joint parenthood conference on Saturday 10 January in San Francisco.

The Men Having Babies expos – which take place regularly in the US, Israel and Europe – offer unbiased and comprehensive information for gay men, and anyone else, who is considering surrogacy as a route to parenthood.

December 23, 2014

Change would require they abstain from having sex with other men for a year prior

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed lifting its 31 year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

But the FDA wants to replace the policy - enacted during the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the US - with a one-year deferral that would only permit gay and bisexual men to donate blood if they have not had sex with another man in the past year.

December 21, 2014

Nicola Scott, a leading solicitor at specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates, explores a recent ruling by a UK judge criticizing the six-month window in which you UK parents of surrogate children can apply for a parental order

Over the last decade surrogacy has become a mainstream family building method for gay parents in the UK.

With many of these prospective parents travelling abroad (particularly to the USA), as well as finding surrogates across the UK, the demand for surrogacy is increasing whilst the law is trailing behind trying to keep up.

December 17, 2014

Emma Hill of the London Women’s Clinic answers some of the questions that women might have if they’re thinking about conception over the age of 40

The British newsreader Kate Silverton, 44, was recently interviewed by the Evening Standard about her experience as an older mum. Kate, who has just had her second baby at 43, discussed whether her generation had got it right by getting pregnant at 40 or over.

December 12, 2014

Quebec’s Bill 20 could force anyone who wishes to use donated sperm or eggs as part of an IVF cycle to undergo a ‘psychosocial assessment’ – a law change that some believe would unfairly impact on same-sex couples

A representative for Dr Gaétan Barrette, Quebec Minister for Health, has strongly denied to GSN that a bill that the Liberal Party minister has sponsored will unfairly target same-sex couples.

Bill 20 was introduced to the Quebec Parliament on 28 November. The controversial legislation is designed to, ‘promote access to family medicine and … amend various legislative provisions relating to assisted procreation’.

December 9, 2014

‘It was about being more confident in my own skin’

It is a story that often starts with a few stray hairs found on a pillow one morning, but frequently ends in a noticeably less covered scalp.

Hair loss affects roughly eight million men in the UK but, despite this large figure, there is an obvious theme in most of their stories – the effect it has on their confidence. While very few bar the sufferer themselves notice the gradual change it’s not how our patients look that tends to bother them, it’s how they feel.

December 5, 2014

Performer pleads guilty to possession with intent to distribute

UK porn star Bruno Knight was sentenced to two years in jail for attempting to smuggle half a pound of methamphetamine out of the US in his anus.

Knight, real name Patrick Gizzie, will also serve three years of supervised release after he leaves prison.

'I am sorry to you and your country,' he told the judge.

December 4, 2014

Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says HIV is God’s judgement on LGBTI people and that ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’

A Baptist pastor at an Arizona church has gone on a bizarre rant after being incensed that his local bank had decided to put up decorations to mark World AIDS Day this year - saying the solution to the HIV epidemic is to kill all gay people.

In a video of one of his sermons posted to YouTube, Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson says he believes that governments are wasting billions of dollars trying to cure HIV when he ‘actually discovered the cure for AIDS.’

December 4, 2014

A panel of experts failed to reach agreement on what course of action to take over the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood

Following a two-day meeting of scientists and health officials, it's looking unlikely that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will lift its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood any time soon – despite previous recommendations that it does so.

A panel of advisers were convened by the FDA to discuss the whether the ban should be cut back to prohibiting men who have not had sex with men in the past 12 months.

However, following reportedly heated discussions, they failed to reach an agreement on what to recommend.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 3, 2014

'NGOs and whites come deceiving you that circumcision and condom use are the best ways to protect yourself'

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has said people living with HIV 'have betrayed their families' and advised youths to completely abstain from pre-marital sex as the way to prevent infection.

The notoriously anti-gay leader made the comments on Monday (1 December) to a group of youths at a World Aids Day event in Kabarole District, the Daily Monitor reported.

December 2, 2014

CNN anchor tweets to concerned viewers that he was struck with 'appendicitis'

Anderson Cooper had a very good excuse for being absent from his nightly CNN show on Monday (1 December): He was in the hospital.

Cooper casually tweeted to his followers in Twitter: 'I'll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.'

He was replaced on Anderson Cooper 360 for the night by John Berman.

December 2, 2014

'In the future, people could have no symptoms for decades'

HIV is evolving into a milder form, a major study has claimed.

Researchers at the University of Oxford says the virus is becoming 'watered down' as it adapts to our immune systems.

This means it is becoming less infectious and less deadly.

With changes in the virus, it is taking a longer time for HIV infection to cause AIDS and could eventually even become 'almost harmless', according to some virologists.

December 1, 2014

Royal revelation motivated by # FeelNoShame campaign

Prince Harry may seem relaxed and in good humor during his many public appearance but on Monday (1 December) he admitted he is often quaking inside.

The prince, currently fourth in line to the British throne, made the revelation in honor of World AIDS Day and the #FeelNoShame campaign which asks people to reveal their own secrets to try and reduce stigma around HIV/AIDS.

'Believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before public speaking, no matter how big the crowd or the audience,' Harry says in a YouTube video.

December 1, 2014

WHO issues a call to action after new data shows nearly half a million people in the country are living with HIV

The World Health Organization has issued a call to action to China after government figures revealed nearly half a million people were living with HIV and 25% of new cases were among gay men.

A total 497,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in China, with 154,000 deaths, since the country's first case in 1985, according to National Health and Family Planning Commission data released yesterday (30 November).

There were 87,000 new diagnoses on the mainland in the first 10 months of this year, more than 90% of which were sexually transmitted.

December 1, 2014

Country is a popular destination for gay couples seeking surrogate mothers

Thailand's parliament has voted to ban commercial surrogacy in a blow to gay would-be gay parents.

A draft bill passed its first reading on Thursday after a series of scandals sparked outrage over the unregulated industry.

The bill would punish profiting from surrogacy with up to 10 years in jail and ban middlemen and agencies from 'receiving any assets or benefits.'

'We want to put an end to this idea in foreigners’ minds that Thailand is a baby factory,' lawmaker Wallop Tungkananurak told AFP.