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April 13, 2015

'The goal is a once-a-year shot for prevention and a combination for cure'

A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found.

Their work was published in the journal Nature on 8 April and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans.

'We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for HIV-1 prevention, therapy and cure,' wrote the study's lead author, Michel Nussenzweig.

April 13, 2015

Looking to travel abroad for surrogacy? Mark Heppinstall, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, explains the options for UK parents

Surrogacy arrangements are becoming ever more popular.

Although official statistics remain hard to come by, recent research suggests that people from the UK are statistically the most likely of our European counterparts to enter into commercial surrogacy arrangements abroad.

The legal position varies widely from country to country and there is little consistency across different legal jurisdictions.

April 12, 2015

If you are serious about your coffee then this is one of London's best

There are a huge range of coffee options in London, but if you are looking for more than just a big, foamy cup of hot flavored milk then you will most likely be a bit fussy about where you get your caffeine fix.

You will be searching for the independent cafes who are using quality beans and highly-trained staff to ensure that you are getting the kind of coffee experience that keeps you coming back again and again.

April 11, 2015

Jair Bolsonaro wants patients to be able to reject blood by gay donors if it makes them uncomfortable

A Brazilian politician claimed patients receiving blood transfusions should be able to demand ‘heterosexual blood’.

Congressman Jair Bolsonaro said his party, the far-right Progressive Party, wants to introduce a policy which would see people be made aware if they are receiving blood from a gay donor.

Patients should also be allowed to ask to not receive the blood if it makes them uncomfortable and, instead, request blood donated by a heterosexual person, according to the controversial 60-year-old.

April 9, 2015

Chad Allen was regular on TV's Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and went on to play many gay roles

When Chad Allen was in the middle of a six-year run playing Jane Seymour's son on the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, he was cruelly outed when photos of him kissing a guy were sold to a tabloid in 1996.

But instead of going away, Allen spent nearly two more decades working on television, in movies and on the stage as an openly gay actor.

This week, Allen publicly said goodbye to that part of his life - on his terms.

April 8, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years. In that time I’ve had my share of sexual and romantic rejections on the basis of my HIV status.

While these don’t make up any of my happiest memories, I’ve tried to take it on the chin.

I’ve always been a firm believer that individuals have a right to work out the sexual strategy that is right for them – and that included rejecting people on the basis of their HIV status. But, you know what – I’ve had a change of heart. It’s bullshit.

Firstly, as a safer sex strategy, it just doesn’t work.

April 3, 2015

'Would you want an ex-porn star who has tried to commit suicide by HIV representing you?'

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has questioned HIV positive Lib Dem candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett's credibility. 

During an interview with Buzzfeed this week, Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, revealed how his clinical depression as a student led him down a self-destructive path to become purposefully infected with HIV. 

March 31, 2015

Lib Dem candidate admits to making a pornographic wrestling film at the height of his depression

A gay UK politician has said he deliberately caught HIV in a suicidal act.

Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Lib Dem candidate, is the first parliamentary candidate to come out as HIV positive and the first political figure to do so in 10 years. Chris Smith, of Labour, was the last in 2005.

He is hoping to win the seat in Vauxhall, the gay area of south London infamous for the popularity of drugs  and deaths from overdoses.

Hyyrylainen-Trett has some experience in this area, having battled depression, drug addiction, overdoses and suicidal attempts.

March 27, 2015

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he will ask medical regulatory bodies in the province to prohibit attempts to ‘cure’ young LGBTI people of their sexual orientation or gender identity

Ontario looks to become the next North American jurisdiction to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ therapies aimed at ‘curing’ young people of their sexual orientation or gender identity after provincial Health Minister Eric Hoskins said he would move to ban the practice.

Hoskins said he would write to medical regulatory bodies to instruct them to prohibit the practice after New Democrat lawmaker Cheri Di Novo introduced her own bill to ban the practice earlier this month.

March 27, 2015

Film's subject and producer Shane Bitney Crone invited group of 'prayer warriors' in for Q&A

Shane Bitney Crone has been through a lot in his young life.

The love of his life, Tom Bridegroom, died after accidentally falling from a rooftop during a photo shoot. Despite their having been together for six years, Bridegroom's family did not invite Crone to the funeral and tried to erase any evidence that their son was gay.

But the evidence is for the world to see in the acclaimed documentary Bridegroom which Crone brought this week to the University of Texas at Tyler for a screening.

March 19, 2015

'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything'

Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have backtracked after calling IVF babies 'synthetic children.'

Their comments led to a social media spat with Elton John who is calling for a boycott of their brand.

Gabbana said he did support IVF and that his business partner and former lover had chosen 'the wrong words.'

'We love gay couple. We love gay adoption. We love everything,' he told CNN on Wednesday (18 March).

March 19, 2015

'There is nothing synthetic about a soul So how can we dismiss IVF and surrogacy?'

Madonna has a message for designers Dolce and Gabbana: 'Think before you speak.'

The Material Girl, who has been extremely high profile in recent weeks promoting her new album Rebel Heart, took to Instagram to deliver a message to the gay designers who have infuriated many.

They stated last week that 'the only family is the traditional one' and labeled as 'synthetic' children born through in vitro fertilization.

March 19, 2015

Three in ten lie about their age, height or weight

A new survey has revealed how often gay men lie on dating apps and their online mating habits.

Nearly 4,000 gay men aged 18 to 65 participated in the grabhim.net survey over four weeks in February.

Some 83% of respondents admitted to sending pictures of their penis, which could explain why only 3% said they exaggerate their size when asked.

March 17, 2015

The surprising facts prove we have bigger things to worry about

We all know that penis size is one of men’s greatest obsessions but most don’t know the surprising truth behind the size myths.

Did you know, for example, that humans are better endowed than all our primate cousins? You may expect a gorilla to be better hung than you but you would be wrong, both in terms of absolute and relative size.

The subject has been firmly on the agenda with a couple of big stories over the last few weeks.

March 13, 2015

Decision to vaccinate gay and bi men to protect them delayed

A decision to start a vaccination program to stop gay and bi men getting anal cancer has been delayed by UK health officials.

The reason? Because it may not be ‘cost effective’.

All girls aged 12 to 13 already get the vaccines which stop them getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) and developing genital warts and cervical cancer.

The idea was to extend that to all boys of the same age. But that decision has been put off until 2017.

March 13, 2015

National AIDS Trust ‘deeply concerned’ by cuts
 

A 50% cut in a HIV prevention project funding could have grave consequences, the UK's National AIDS Trust (NAT) has warned today.

The funding for the programme HIV Prevention England (HPE) has been halved from £2.4 million ($3.5 million €3.4 million) to £1.2 million ($1.8 million €1.7 million),with a further £1.2 million allocated to a mixture of testing services and grants.

 

 

NAT CEO Deborah Gold said today (13 March): ‘We are deeply concerned about the level of upheaval to HIV prevention provision across the country.

March 12, 2015

FDA approve trial expansion after promising results

A therapy that involves modifying DNA cells has proved effective in controlling HIV without drugs, and trials have been expanded and extended.

The treatment works by infusing patients with a dose modified white blood, or 'T cells’, so the patient becomes largely resistant to HIV.

Although current HIV regimens can control the virus, they can have side effects and a number people are resistant to certain drugs. 

March 12, 2015

Defendant bragged about giving people his 'positive load'

A San Diego man faces six months in jail and a $1,000 fine after pleading no contest to willfully spreading HIV.

Thomas Miguel Guerra, 30, lied about his positive status when he started a relationship with another man in 2013, according to the city attorney's office.

They dated for several months in 2013 and had unprotected sex at Guerra's urging.

March 10, 2015

Gemma Whitchurch, of family law solicitors, Irwin Mitchell, looks at some if the legal issues around surrogacy for those in the UK

Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a baby for the couple who want to have a child. For many childless couples and same sex partners it can enable them to have a baby when it would otherwise have been impossible.

There are two types of surrogacy:

1. Full surrogacy (also known as host or gestational). This involves the implantation of an embryo created using either:

• the eggs and sperm of the intended parents;

• a donated egg fertilized with sperm from the intended father; or

March 9, 2015

'Not nearly as many people will ever get sick from Ebola as we lost to AIDS'

It's not been lost on Larry Kramer that the reaction to Ebola was far different then when the AIDS epidemic began killing gay men more than 30 years earlier.

The outspoken author and activist, whose The Normal Heart was made into an HBO film last year, is certain he knows why.

'Well, because it wasn’t happening to us; it was happening to them,' he tells The Advocate in a cover story posted Monday (9 March).

March 9, 2015

'I’m actively showing them what it would look like if that became law and how completely ridiculous it is'

A transgender woman in Canada has launched a social media campaign to show how 'ridiculous' bathroom bans are.

Brae Carnes, 23, is posting photos of herself in men's toilets to protest a proposed law that would make it illegal for trans women to use female bathrooms.

'As a trans woman I'm not even safe from discrimination at the pub or public transit. What's going to happen if I'm forced into a men's changeroom?,' she wrote on Facebook.

March 9, 2015

Natalie Gamble, the surrogacy lawyer who advised single gay dad Kyle Casson, who used his mom as a surrogate, explains the significance of the UK High Court's decision – and what it means for UK surrogacy

The Daily Mail near exploded with excitement with Saturday's front page headline about 'A Mum, her son and their baby'.

The story was about gay single dad Kyle Casson, whose mother, acting as a surrogate, carried a baby for him conceived with his sperm and a donor egg.

March 7, 2015

Volunteers are lining up to help first-time dads adjust to caring for their daughters

Being a new parent can be daunting at the best of times.

But when first-time dads Shannon Sanderson and Peter Trigg received an unexpected email telling them they were having not one baby, but three, they knew they would have to enlist some help.

The couple welcomed their surrogate babies, Chloe, Maddison and Dior, into their lives on November 6 2014, after three failed IVF attempts.

While Mr Trigg has returned to work to support the family financially, Mr Sanderson has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad.

March 7, 2015

The biological father is reported to be the first single man to have a child through surrogacy in the UK, and the first to do so using his own mother as a surrogate

Desperate to become a father and having been turned away by surrogacy clinics across the country, the then 24-year-old gay man decided to approach his mother to be a surrogate to carry his child after plans to have another female relative do so fell through.

Kyle Casson's mother Anne-Marie, then 45, gave birth to her grandson, Miles, eight months ago via C-section, according to media reports.

She became pregnant via IVF after an anonymous donor egg – arranged through a fertility clinic – was fertilized with sperm from her son, Kyle.