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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.

December 1, 2014

See what the gay blood donation situation is like in countries across the world

December 1, 2014

Don’t die ignorant

Almost a third (28%) of British people wrongly think you can get HIV from kissing, sharing a glass, spit, a public toilet seat, coughs and sneezes.

It sounds like a myth from the 1980s, but it is actually believed by more people today than in 2010, when the figure was only 18%.

That’s according to new research for National AIDS Trust by Ipsos MORI and published for World AIDS Day today (1 December).

Only 45 really know what can give you HIV.

November 30, 2014

The truth can be even more surprising

The myths about HIV and AIDS grow each year – making the fight against the virus even harder.

So here is the annual GSN myth buster, with help from our friends at National AIDS Trust.

It’s dedicated to breaking down the prejudices and rumors and giving you some surprises, however much you think you know about the virus.

Myth: Lesbians can’t get HIV from each other.

November 30, 2014

'This World AIDS Day, we come together to honor all those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS and celebrate the promising public health and scientific advances that have brought us closer to our goal of an AIDS-free generation'

In honor of World AIDS Day, US President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation.

Released on 28 November, the two page document noted the early stage of the epidemic.

'Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus,' Obama wrote.

November 28, 2014

Former Project Runway contestant and HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth, wants you to take shower selfies to demonstrate that – HIV positive or negative – we’re all ‘clean’

Despite advances in medication and treatment, there remains a huge amount of stigma around HIV.

Combatting this stigma has proved a consistent challenge, but a new social media campaign launched by HIV activist, Jack Mackenroth is attempting to tackle preconceptions head on and raise money for a good cause in the process.

November 28, 2014

‘Prevention and control of HIV among men who have sex with men has to be a cornerstone of national HIV programs,’ says head of European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

Europe will miss its 2015 targets for curbing the spread of HIV, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), with an 80 per cent increase in HIV transmission in 2013 compared with a decade earlier.

November 28, 2014

Magic anti-HIV pill or just an excuse for bareback sex?

PrEP is the new buzzword in HIV. It’s a pill to reduce your chance of getting the virus.

But the treatment is still in trials and public information is patchy at best.

So as we prepare for World AIDS Day on 1 December, here’s what every gay and bisexual man needs to know about PrEP.

What is PrEP?

It means ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’ and is a medical term for providing ‘treatment’ to prevent you getting something.

November 27, 2014

Senior sexual health nurse tells it like it is

There are many reasons why people put off having an HIV test, from fear of stigma and rejection, denial, misconceptions about life with HIV to a lack of awareness of how it can be transmitted.

This World AIDS Day (1 December) take the opportunity to test and take control of your health and your future.

Here are my five reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to have an HIV test:

1 Knowing your status can save your life

As many as one in 4 people living with HIV do not know they are infected.

November 25, 2014

Jonathan Jesensky made 10 films, including one titled Paramedics, under stage name of Jonathan West

The former gay porn star known as Jonathan West has begun a new career as a firefighter with the New York Fire Department.

Jonathan Jesensky started as a rookie firefighter last week but had already been with the department as an EMT then a paramedic, according to the New York Daily News.

He is also a former US Marine who served a tour of duty on Iraq.

November 19, 2014

Hollyoaks is working with Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure the story is told well

One of Britain's most favorite soap dramas will feature a gay character contracting HIV next year.

Ste Hay, played by Kieron Richardson in the soap Hollyoaks, will have unprotected sex with a stranger in January.

Channel 4 has worked with the Terrence Higgins Trust while planning the story. It is believed it will be the first gay character with HIV in British soap drama history.

November 18, 2014

The equivalent of nine gay men received a positive HIV diagnosis every day in 2013

More and more gay men in the UK are being diagnosed with HIV.

Public Health England figures reported today show 2013 saw the highest ever number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with the virus - 3,250.

This is the equivalent of nine gay men receiving a positive HIV diagnosis every day.

Men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately the biggest group affected by HIV.

Other statistics found one in 17 gay men in the UK aged 15 to 59 is now living with HIV, rising to one in eight in London.