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March 5, 2015

Buddhist monks are not allowed any physical contact with the opposite sex

A photo of a monk touching a topless woman's breasts has sparked outrage in Thailand after the image went viral in the Buddhist-majority country.

Monks take a vow of celibacy and are not allowed any physical contact with the opposite sex.

But the story took an unexpected twist Sunday (1 March) when the woman in the photo, only identified as Thanradaporn, told the Morning News TV show that she was a pre-op transgender woman.

February 26, 2015

General Medical Council accused of ignoring real trans concerns while wasting time on investigation they have now dropped

One of the leading doctors advising transgender people in the UK is in the clear after almost four years under investigation into alleged professional misconduct.

The General Medical Council (GMC) started looking into Dr Richard Curtis in 2011 but throughout the investigation he has been widely supported by the trans community.

February 24, 2015

Their secret is to do less and not start too early, says top expert

Just how much plastic surgery work have the celebrities on the Oscar’s red carpet actually had?

Leading expert Dr Tracy Mountford of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic discusses this below.

Her advice? There is nothing wrong with a few lines, less is more and non-surgical treatments are increasingly popular to give a fresh look without the ‘weird’ over-worked feel of yesteryear.

And she also offers some advice to men and women to reduce the risk of non-surgical options too.

February 24, 2015

Johnstone, an NHS Leadership & Talent Programme Manager, reflects on the importance of role models, and encouraging people to be themselves at work

The National Health Service is the UK's largest employer, and perhaps its most diverse and dynamic. The Commonwealth Fund recently named it the world’s most efficient healthcare system.

Not only do we have a huge duty of care for our staff, but also for the tens of millions of people that we care for across England.

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 19, 2015

Video launches effort to change rules from being based on sexual orientation to exposure to risk

Tony winner Alan Cumming has a big problem with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.

'If you're gay and you want to save lives, the FDA will let you. You just can't have sex for a year,' Cumming points out in a video released today to raise awareness about the policy.

So Cumming suggests everyone try 365 days of celibacy and introduces a series of activities like yoga and pottery class 'to make your year without sex fly by.'

February 19, 2015

Claims God gave her the free choice to not look after the young patient

A doctor will not look after a six-day-old baby because she has lesbian parents.

Krista and Jamie Contreras, from Michigan, has said Dr Vesna Roi had initially agreed to be the pediatrician to their daughter Bay.

But they were dumbfounded when they received a letter from the doctor, saying after 'much prayer', Roi had a change of heart.

The couple had went to Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville to get a check up for Bay, and were told another doctor would have to see their daughter.

February 19, 2015

A gay dad himself, Families Through Surrogacy founder Sam Everingham takes a look at current surrogacy options for gay men ahead of the organization’s London consumer conference this March

The last decade has seen a huge increase in gay men creating families through surrogacy.

Once restricted to fairly expensive USA options, recent years have seen parents-to-be working with surrogates here in the UK, as well as India, Thailand and Eastern Europe – sometimes running into legal complications in the process.

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 16, 2015

With the law in the UK now requiring sperm donors to disclose their identity to the authorities, more and more patients are choosing donation from someone they know and trust, says Venessa Smith, of the London Women’s Clinic’s Sperm Bank

The change of law in 2005 with respect to the identity of sperm donors has had a dramatic effect on public attitudes towards donation. What changed in April 2005 was the freedom of donors to remain anonymous.

The change of law now means that anyone who has been born using donated sperm, eggs or embryos has, at the age of 18, the right to ask the government’s fertility watchdog (the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: HFEA) for information about the donor.

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 3, 2015

The proposed law will only be used to treat women with specific genetic disorders and will not be open to same-sex couples

British MPs have today voted in favor of passing controversial legislation that will allow children to be conceived using genetic material from three different people: two women and a man.

It makes the UK the first country in the world to introduce such a law.

January 28, 2015

Buzz around TV's Cucumber, Banana, Tofu has raised the sensitive issue of male erection problems

When you stop and think about it, erections are fairly fascinating things. When a guy is sexually aroused, blood flows into the chambers within his penis, engorging it, making it hard.

When you’re in the mood, ready for action, the clothes have come off and it’s go-time, getting an erection shouldn’t really be something you’re consciously thinking about – your body knows what to do.

However, for a lot of guys it’s not that simple.

January 26, 2015

The truth about drugs, addiction and decriminalization will surprise you, writes Hari

A few weeks ago, somebody asked me a strange question, about how my sexuality informs my attitude to drugs, and at first I was a little bit offended.

It is now a century since drugs were first banned in the US and Britain, and as this anniversary approached, I set off on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to try to understand what the War on Drugs is really all about.

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.