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July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 22, 2014

‘This is a step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go and many obstacles to overcome before we can start talking about a cure against HIV'

A Danish study is being proclaimed to be one of the biggest steps towards finding a ‘cure’ for HIV.

Using anti-cancer drugs to ‘kick out’ hidden HIV from infected cells, it could be the key to flush out and destroy the virus for good.

The successful study saw Doctor Ole Schmeltz Søgaard and his team test the anti-cancer drug, Romidepsin, on six HIV patients from April this year.

It found the drug increased the ‘hibernated’ HIV virus in a cell to such an extent it was ‘shocked’ out of its hiding place and was able to be detected in the blood.

July 20, 2014

'It's a really important time for what we think everyone needs, which is a space to grieve and to respect the six members of our community that died on MH17'

At the 20 July opening session of the 20th International AIDS Conference there was moment of remembrance for those who lost their lives aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight, which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

The conference, held in Melbourne, is the biggest meeting of AIDS activists, researchers, and advocates. Approximately 12,000 delegates are expected to attend.

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

July 19, 2014

The data used span a decade, making this a larger and longer trend examination than any previous report

A new study shows the rate of HIV diagnosis in the US has reduced by a third in the past 10 years.

The survey was published today, 19 July, by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The investigation is part of the publication's HIV research report, made public ahead of the start of the International AIDS Conference (held in Melbourne, Australia).

July 12, 2014

Gay and banned from donating blood? Gay men brought eligible allies to donate on their behalf

Friday marked the second annual National Gay Blood Drive to protest an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men.

In over 60 blood donation sites across the US, gay and bisexual men who cannot donate showed up with their heterosexual or lesbian friends and family members, who are eligible donors, to give on their behalf.

July 11, 2014

The shock advice that every man who has sex with men in the world should be taking medicine – and why it wasn’t what it seemed

Every gay and bisexual man on the planet was told to start taking drugs today – for as long as they are sexually active, even if it is the rest of their lives.

That was the message on Twitter from no lesser body than the World Health Organization (WHO).

And they meant it.

By getting gay and trans people who have sex with men to take Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – a drug regimen for people who don’t have HIV – they hoped to cut the number of people worldwide who contract the virus by 1million over the next 10 years.

June 30, 2014

'...Through this comprehensive strategy, we are decreasing new HIV infections to the point where by 2020, the number of persons living with HIV in New York State will be reduced for the first time'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used Gay Pride to announce an aggressive proposal to reduce HIV infections in the Empire State.

Called Bending the Curve, the project is meant to decrease new HIV infections so the number of recently developed infections is below the figure of HIV-related deaths.

June 26, 2014

Parents to three young children, Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have set out to help other gay dads and would-be fathers with their website, GaysWithKids.com

A Toronto-based couple have launched a website dedicated to helping gay men to navigate fatherhood: from routes to parenthood to raising children.

Co-founders Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren have been together for over 20 years, and are now the proud fathers of three young children. Their story is more unusual than most, in that they have experience of both adoption (with their son, Levi), and surrogacy, with younger twins Sadie and Ella. The biological father of the twins is Rosenberg, who is also HIV positive.

June 25, 2014

Inquest hears how a sauna's drug policy has become more 'aggressive' since the death of one of its patrons

Three men have died within eight months after taking a party drug at a London gay sauna, inquests have heard.

Greg Page, 41, was found dead at the Pleasuredrome sauna in Waterloo at 8am on 27 October 2012.

John Scott, 46, was found collapsed at the same time and rushed to hospital where he died two days later.

And not only that, but Konstantinos Bamptazis was found dead eight months earlier in a locked private room after taking mephedrone and GHB.

June 10, 2014

Talk show host repeats line of questioning about body parts that led to headaches for Katie Couric

It seemed like a teachable moment earlier this year when Laverne Cox told talk show host Katie Couric that there is a whole lot else to talk to trans people about than their body parts.

Apparently Wendy Williams missed that moment.

During an appearance on The Wendy Williams Show this week, Cox was asked by the host if she had breast implants.

June 9, 2014

Participants inspired by accomplishment but also saddened after one rider dies during her 13th year as a rider

Thousands of riders arrived at the finish line of the 545-mile AIDS LifeCycle in Los Angeles weary but jubilant Saturday (7 June) after completing a seven-day journey that had begun in San Francisco.

Their efforts resulted in a record $15 million being raised to support the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

June 7, 2014

Adam Schiff writes in Facebook journal: 'I ride because I want to see an AIDS free generation'

A year ago, US Congressman Adam Schiff participated in the closing ceremonies of AIDS/LifeCycle during which he read movingly of the tradition of the 'Riderless Bicycle' which symbolizes those who are no longer alive.

The 53-year-old Democrat from California was so moved by the experience that this year, he decided to hop on a bike himself and pedal the 570-mile trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The seven-day event is the annual fundraiser for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

June 2, 2014

The next time you meet a person who says trans children can't possibly exist, just introduce them to six-year-old Ryland Whittington

Meet six-year-old Ryland, the son of Hillary and Jeff Whittington.

When he was declared legally deaf at the age of one, his parents thought that would be the only surprise when it came to raising their child.

But as soon as he was given a cochlea implant, and he began to hear and speak, he insisted he was a boy.

His parents initially thought he was a ‘tomboy’ or ‘going through a phase’, but as it went on they did some research.

They realised Ryland is transgender.

May 23, 2014

'I felt it was best for me to be away at that point in time until I sort of finished the project and could start eating again'

Matt Bomer's shockingly frail appearance in the second half of The Normal Heart not only required tremendous physical deprivation, but emotional sacrifice as well.

The actor, who plays journalist Felix Turner in  the film which premieres Sunday (25 May) on HBO, lost at least 40 pounds for the role (he has not given an exact figure beyond that) to realistically portray a man dying of AIDS.

May 22, 2014

Author wanted assurance Murphy was brave enough to show what gay life and AIDS crisis was like

When The Normal Heart author Larry Kramer sat down with Ryan Murphy to discuss making a movie version of his landmark play about the early days of the AIDS crisis, the outspoken Kramer was very 'bold' with his questions.

Murphy recalled part of their initial conversation at a special screening in Los Angeles on Wednesday (21 May) attended by Gay Star News: 'He said: "Are you going to show cock? Are you going to really go for it? Are you brave enough to show what it was really like?"'

May 21, 2014

Gay men who are in committed monogamous relationships will join those who are not sexually active in being allowed to donate blood to the South African National Blood Service

South Africa has ended its ban on gay men donating blood for six months after they have last had sex which aimed to prevent HIV infected blood from entering the blood supply.

Under new rules announced by the South African National Blood Service gay men who are in monogamous committed relationships will be able to give blood alongside those who have not been sexually active for at least six month.

May 20, 2014

Come and see the line-up for the Garden of Earthly Delights, this year’s theme for Life Ball: Europe’s biggest HIV and AIDS charity event held 31 May

Sumptuous. Sensual. Soulful.

Try as we might, we can't find enough words to describe what is Europe's largest HIV and AIDS charity event, and one of the world's most exclusive and anticipated parties.

The official party held in Vienna’s grandiose city hall is preceded by an amazing opening show worthy of Olympic cred graced by huge names like designer Vivienne Westwood, amfAR CEO Kevin Frost, Givenchy head Riccardo Tisci and celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Love. Additional celebrities, artists and performers slated to participate this year include:

May 18, 2014

Sexual health campaigners want a pill to reduce the risk oF HIV infection available on the NHS in the UK

A pill which can reduce the risk of HIV infection maybe be available on the NHS, if sexual health campaigners have their way.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, more commonly known as PrEP, can reduce the risk of HIV infection if the person is exposed to the virus.

Where some campaigners are anxious to have the pill introduced to the NHS in the UK, others worry the pill may reduce condom usage for safe sex.

A trial is currently underway involving 550 gay men in Brighton called PROUD, and takes place over the course of two years.

May 18, 2014

The 10K walk attracted locals and visitors from California

Sam Binkow was a minor celebrity today, 18 May, at the AIDS Walk New York. He promised to walk in a Speedo if he could get $3,000 (€2,100) in donations.

The Los Angeles man accumulated $9,000 (€6,500) and joined thousands of others in Central Park to walk 10K for AIDS/HIV organizations.

'The Speedo brings out the donations,' Binkow said to GSN. 'I love it and so does my girlfriend.'

The day was a financial success. Organizers announced, via Twitter, participants collected a total of $5.1 million (€3.7).

May 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

May 14, 2014

The New Zealand Blood Service has accepted a recommendation that its ban on gay men giving blood be reduced from five years after they have last been sexually active to just one year

Gay men in New Zealand will be able to give blood if they have tested negative for HIV and been sexually inactive for at least 12 months if new recomendations are approved.

Previously gay men had to be sexually inactive for five years before they could donate blood but a team from the New Zealand Blood Service noted that blood banks in neighboring Australia had successfully managed a one year exclusion period for gay men for ten years without any increase of HIV entering the blood supply.

May 13, 2014

A 19-year-old tells UK’s Michael Gove that sex education should be compulsory

A gay teenager living with HIV has written an open letter calling the UK government to make sex education compulsory.

Luke Alexander, 19, discovered he had HIV a year ago and received ‘absolutely no information’ about it when he was at school.

He says he may have avoided becoming infected if he had.

In his open letter to Education Secretary Michael Gove, Alexander says the ‘vast majority of young people have little or no common knowledge’ about HIV.

May 9, 2014

Rates of syphilis in the US have more than doubled since the year 2000 and most new cases are among men who have sex with men, according to new data from the CDC

The US Centers for Disease Control released new data on Thursday showing that the sexually transmitted disease syphilis has returned from the brink and is spreading mostly among gay and bisexual men in America.

In 2000 the rate of infection in the US was just 2.1 cases per 100,000 people and health authorities believed they had the spread of the bacteria that causes the disease nearly beat.