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September 30, 2014

Irish researchers have found that nearly half of HIV positive gay men would still benefit from receiving the HPV vaccine while 77% of HIV negative gay men would benefit

A study of men who have sex with men in Ireland has suggested that vaccinating men who are already sexually active against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may still be beneficial in protecting them against the cancer causing strains of the virus.

Previously cost-benefit analyses around the vaccine have suggested that it is only worth vaccinating children against HPV before they become sexually active.

September 30, 2014

Hemorrhoids – commonly called piles – affect nearly half of the population of the United Kingdom at some point in their lives

Hemorrhoids can seem embarrassing. They’re not talked about in the mainstream media, so you may believe they are a rare condition.

But in fact, they affect many of us. Hemorrhoids – commonly called piles – affect half of the population of the UK at some point in their lives.

Many people are unwilling to seek help so just suffer in silence. For them, bowel movements and sitting on hard surfaces, among other things, are dreadfully painful experiences.

Worst case scenario is surgery, and that means at least an overnight stay in hospital.

September 29, 2014

The youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada are campaigning to end their country’s exclusion of gay men as blood donors if they have had sex with another man in the last five years

The Young Liberals of Canada have begun a campaign to overturn their country’s policy of excluding gay men from donating blood, saying the LGBTI community should be allowed to play their part in ensuring Canada has an adequate blood supply.

Canada currently bans gay men from donating blood if they have been sexually active any time in the last 5 years regardless of whether they practice safe sex or are in a monogamous relationship.

September 23, 2014

Female same-sex couples will now be allowed to adopt babies born of IVF and other medically assisted procedures

France's highest civil court has given married lesbians more adoption rights.

The Court of Cassation has said even though gay couples are still banned from using IVF and other medical ways to assist with reproduction, that is not enough to prevent gay women their legal right to adopt their married partner's child.

As these female same-sex couples are stopped from accessing fertility treatment in France, it has sent many of them to Belgium or Spain.

September 22, 2014

Gay rights campaigners are calling for the gay and bisexual men to receive a vaccine for HPV, claiming current policy is 'homophobic'

Thousands of gay and bisexual men could be saved from cancer if British scientists decide to offer them a simple vaccine today (22 September).

The panel will discuss whether to offer men who have sex with men a vaccine for HPV, the infection which causes 5% of all cancers worldwide. While most known to be a cause of cervical cancer, the often sexually transmitted virus can also cause cancer in the throat, anus and penis.

Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of being infected with the virus, and therefore more at risk of developing cancer.

September 21, 2014

Lifting the ban on blood donations from gay men could increase total annual blood supply in the US by 2%-4%, says UCLA study

Allowing blood donations from gay men could result in more than 600,000 extra pints of blood every year and could save the lives of as many as 1.8 million individuals, says a study by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law at the University of California, Los Angeles.

September 19, 2014

Report finds syphilis is at an all-time high in the country, mostly among gay men

Methamphetamine use is responsible for the rise in HIV infections in the Australian state of Victoria, according to a new survey.

A survey conducted by the Prahran Market Clinic in Melbourne has shown that 84% of its patients living with HIV said ice was a significant cause for contracting the disease.

Dr Beng Eu, director of the clinic, told Gay News Network, 'I think we're surprised to the degree of the ice use that was common, but the infection of HIV was what we were expecting.

September 9, 2014

More than 60 senators and congress members have signed a letter demanding change following the case of a deceased gay teen whose eyes were rejected for donation

A group of Democrat lawmakers have written to the Obama administration demanding that it update its policies with regard to allowing gay men to donate blood, tissue and organs.

The move comes following the widely reported story of a US teenager whose eyes were rejected for donation following his death simply because he was gay.

September 6, 2014

Following similar events in New York and Los Angeles, the Men Having Babies organization will host its first Midwest expo on Saturday 13 September

Gay men in the US’s Midwest interested in starting a family may want to attend a special expo aimed at gay would-be parents. The Surrogacy Seminar and Gay Parenting Expo will take place on Saturday 13 September 2014 between 10am and 7pm.

September 6, 2014

Accused of knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend and potentially dozens of other men to HIV, a 29-year-old San Diego gay man has been ordered by a judge to stop using Internet dating sites

Thomas Miguel Guerra, aka Ashton Chavez, who currently faces one misdemeanor count of spreading HIV, has been ordered by a judge to stop using all Internet dating sites specifically Grindr.

The LA Times reports that officials from the city attorney's office said the investigation is continuing and more victims may be added.

September 5, 2014

A Conservative MP will attempt to pass a parliamentary motion calling for blood donation equality, saying the 12 month celibacy rule is archaic

A British lawmaker will reignite the debate over the gay blood ban in the UK, calling for sexually active men who have sex with men to be allowed to give blood.

Currently, gay and bisexual men can only give blood after not having sex with another guy for a year.

Michael Fabricant, a Conservative MP for Lichfield, will speak on the issue in the House of Commons next month.

Earlier this year, he has warned the UK could face a blood shortage crisis unless the 'outdated, illogical and unequal' rules are reformed.

September 4, 2014

The Australian Government has approved the personal use of HIV home tests so that people can test themselves for the virus but people will need to import them themselves

The Australian Government has removed barriers to the use of HIV home tests in Australia in a move that LGBTI community health groups hope will help Australia reach its goal of ending new HIV transmissions in the country by 2020.

HIV home test devices allow users to perform an initial screening test in the comfort and privacy of their home, involving a mouth swab or finger prick - which produces a result in less than 30 minutes.

September 4, 2014

It’s not uncommon for gay men and straight female friends to discuss the idea of having children together: it’s more unusual when those friends live an ocean apart

When New Yorker Ellen Capon decided that time was running out on her dreams of becoming a birth mother, it was to her gay friend, London-based PR consultant Stephen Ward, that she turned for assistance.

September 4, 2014

From early AIDS fundraisers to marrying couples in the last year of her life, Rivers was a staunch LGBT ally

Like a lot of gays, Joan Rivers considered herself an outsider and an underdog.

But she never let that stop her. In fact, it fueled her.

From her rise to stardom in the 1960s through her final episode of Fashion Police which aired just last week, Rivers kept her legions of loyal gay fans entertained and inspired.

She told Gay Star News in 2012: 'They were the first ones to laugh at me.'

August 28, 2014

A gay couple became dads after using a surrogate mom in California but faced problems when registering the child on the Swiss national register of births

A court in Switzerland has made the historic decision to recognise two men as the legal parents of a child born to a surrogate mom in the United States – despite surrogacy being illegal in the country.

The two men, who live together in a registered partnership, are originally from the St Gallen region of northeast Switzerland. They became fathers through the use of a surrogate mom in California, with the child being conceived through artificial insemination, a donor egg and the sperm of one of the men.

August 28, 2014

Did you know that some gay women may receive free IVF treatment if they are prepared to donate some of their own eggs for the use of others?

Lesbians will typically need some form of fertility treatment if they want to have their own baby, and this is usually through donor sperm supplied anonymously through a sperm bank. However, at the London Women’s Clinic there is also growing interest in egg sharing among lesbian couples.

In return for giving up some of their own eggs they can receive free IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment – and that’s good for them and those who receive their eggs.

August 18, 2014

A crackdown on commercial surrogacy in Thailand has left some intended parents unsure of their legal rights

Thailand’s military government has acted swiftly introduce laws to curb commercial surrogacy in the country.

Until now, commercial surrogacy was not illegal in Thailand but rules and regulations around its practice were unclear. This made it a popular surrogacy destination for couples – both opposite-sex and same-sex – from countries such as Australia, where commercial surrogacy is banned.

August 18, 2014

Discover the cheap, easy, discreet way to get low-price, top quality condoms for people in the UK

Want to make sure you are never without a condom when you need one?

Now there’s a bargain way to stock up and get fantastic quality for people in the UK.

The Freedoms Shop is selling Shag Packs for just £5 – each with 24 condoms in. That’s far cheaper than in the shops.

And there’s a range available, so you can choose the condoms that give you the best fit and feel. Even fruit flavor is on offer.

August 14, 2014

Vicky Beeching has suffered an exorcism, years of loneliness and an illness that could have killed her. And now she's taking the ultimate step

While Vicky Beeching may be a star on the Christian rock scene in the US, she has decided to risk everything by coming out as gay.

The 35-year-old Brit is already being targeted by homophobes who feel ‘betrayed’ by her coming out.

But if she didn’t, as she revealed in her coming out interview with The Independent, it could have killed her.

August 13, 2014

GSN was asked to try out a Skinbreeze facial, a new treatment that claims to give the best results for your skin

Looking into a mirror is not the easiest thing in the world for me.

I spent years battling acne and scarring. Each morning as I looked at my face it was as if an army wearing red and white helmets had spent the night waging war.

So now I’m older, when I was told about a new facial, I was hopeful. After all, if anything can help - go for it. 

I was told the treatment, which combines orbital microdermabrasion with LED Light Therapy and an O2 infusion to deliver the results, would help.

August 12, 2014

For a same-sex couple in Merseyside, adoption provided the answer to their dreams of motherhood

When gay male couples think about starting a family, the options most usually explored are adoption, surrogacy or an arrangement with a willing female friend. When a female couple or single woman wants to have children, then sperm donation or IVF treatment are the methods often utilised. However, not all women want – or are able – to give birth to their own kids, and for them, fostering and adoption are a more likely route to family life.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

August 1, 2014

A new study has shone light on older African American women and how they are managing HIV self medication, particularly when they have other conditions

Imani (not her real name) was 32 when she contracted HIV. Surrounded by sister-friends who died from the virus, Imani did not expect to reach middle age.

Now in her fifth decade, Imani has new and multiple challenges. She self-manages her HIV – along with her diabetes and hypertension – while searching for employment. The result of this stress is depression. All of this has gravely impacted her ability to manage taking her medicines and her will to live.

July 23, 2014

British born porn performer Bruno Knight was arrested at LAX on 16 June after border protection officers found he was carrying half a pound of crystal methamphetamine inside him

British born porn star Bruno Knight has been arrested for trying to traffic half a pound of crystal methamphetamine from the US to the UK.

Knight, who’s real name is Philip Gizzie, had attempted to board a Virgin Atlantic flight at LAX airport in California which was departing for the UK but was stopped by Border Protection officers who had been tipped off by the Drug Enforcement Administration.