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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.

July 1, 2014

In new research done on the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men, it found gays and bis were twice as likely to be dependent on alcohol

Gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to be depressed than straights, according to new research.

Public Health England have conducted new findings into the health and wellbeing of men who have sex with men (MSM).

The government agency is aiming to improve the way gay and bisexual men’s health is treated in the future, with a plan going up to 2020.

A PHE spokesperson said: ‘Gay, bisexual and other MSM constitute an estimated 5.5% of the male population in the United Kingdom.

June 23, 2014

In the US last year, 21% of bisexual men reported STD treatment compared to 12% for gay men and 2.3% of straight men

Bisexual men are disproportionately affected by HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published the research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

According to study author William Jeffries, bisexual men are facing unique sexual health challenges.

Factors that may affect the sexual health include sex without condoms, forced sexual encounters, an increased number of sexual partners and attitudes toward pregnancy.

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 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 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 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.

April 7, 2014

New Thai HIV campaign TestBKK is targeting men who have sex with men to get more gay Thai men to know their HIV status in the capital Bangkok

Community organizations in Bangkok, Thailand have joined forces to launch the ‘TestBKK’ campaign targeting gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to increase HIV testing in Bangkok.

Using the slogan ‘Suck. F*#k. Test. Repeat’, TestBKK will use its website www.testbkk.org, Facebook, popular websites and mobile applications used by gay men, to spread information and messages designed to encourage more gay men in Bangkok to test for HIV and to be more aware of HIV risks and the importance of using condoms.

April 3, 2014

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging all men who have sex with other men to be vaccinated against meningitis regardless of their HIV status after a jump in cases in West and North Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is giving out free doses of the meningitis vaccine to men who have sex with men (MSM) after four gay men came down with cases of invasive bacterial meningitis in the Hollywood area this year,

Bacterial meningitis, also known as meningococcal disease, has been responsible for the deaths of at least seven gay men in New York since 2010 and at least another three in California and authorities are concerned about what may happen if there is a significant outbreak in Los Angeles.

March 26, 2014

Scientists have discovered that some gay men are attracted to straight men, and would like to sleep with them in order to fulfil a 'fantasy'

One in 10 men who have sex with men are looking for ‘non-gay’ men on a dating site, a study has revealed.

In research published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, it found one in 10 men who use Craigslist M4M section are specifically seeking out ‘sexual partners who do not identify as gay’.

The researchers reviewed 1,200 personal ads posted on Craigslist for analysis.

Researchers believe these men are looking to either fulfill a ‘fantasy’ or because it allows closeted men to seek out others for anonymous sexual encounters.

February 17, 2014

Gangs have attempted to burn down a house, have thrown stones and excrement and stolen from Alternative, an organization for gay and bi men

A 200-strong mob have stormed the offices of Alternative, the Ivory Coast’s leading organization for men who have sex with men, stealing equipment and smashing windows.

The attack on 27 January has just been reported from people on the ground and can be exclusively revealed by GSN.

Claver Touré, Alternative’s executive director, said: ‘They broke windows with stones and stole computers. They left signs bearing anti-gay slurs all over the office. Everything they could take was taken, and the rest was broken.’

February 9, 2014

'If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males'

It's unfair to expect anything logical from Bryan Fischer.

The spokesperson for the American Family Association has a long history of weird, and unreasoned, comments. From gay men being Hitler's storm troopers to a call for the kidnapping of children from gay parents.

January 31, 2014

Health experts are warning gay and bisexual men in the UK are at risk of Shigella, a bacterial infection that can make you feel like you're 'dying'

Oral-anal sex, known as ‘rimming’, has sparked a gut infection outbreak in the UK.

Health experts are warning gay and bisexual men are at high risk of contracting Shigella, a bacterial infection that can lead to ongoing frequent diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fevers.

Normally, Shigella is only contracted when travelling to foreign countries. But in gay and bisexual men, it is being spread through oral contact with feces or via unwashed hands.

December 25, 2013

Naz Foundation is seeking a stay on the Supreme Court’s judgment

The NGO that drove the Delhi High Court to allow consensual adult gay sex in 2009 is now taking on the Indian Supreme Court.

Naz Foundation, an NGO committed to bringing down HIV, filed on Tuesday a review petition in the Supreme Court against its recent ruling that set aside the lower court’s order of decriminalizing homosexuality.

December 10, 2013

Uganda’s Health Minister plans to roll out a series of HIV clinics targeting the needs of LGBTIs and sex workers in the East African nation, but the country’s Minster for Ethics and Integrity is outraged by the plan

18 months after attacking activists for opening a HIV clinic for LGBTIs in Kampala, Uganda’s Health Ministry has announced plans for similar clinics of their own – but the Ministry for Ethics and Integrity is strongly against them, showing a split in the government.

November 29, 2013

The US Center for Disease Control has reported a 20% jump in unprotected sex among gay and bisexual men over a six year period - while it estimates a third of the HIV positive men who have sex with men in the US don’t even know they have the virus

A US Center for Disease Control (CDC) study of data from across 20 US cities has shown a 20% jump in the number of gay men having unsafe sex - but also shows that gay men who know their HIV status are at significantly lower sexual risk of catching or passing the virus.

The report also found that the percentage of gay and bisexual men reporting unprotected anal sex at least once during the past 12 months grew to 57 percent in 2011 from 48 percent in 2005.

November 29, 2013

In response to the dire need of a boost to blood banks, health minister Daniel Bahr agrees something needs to be done

German doctors are calling for the end of a ban on gay men donating blood.

The German Medical Association has said it would aim to do everything ‘within its means’ to remove the ban.

A Europe-wide ban prevents all men who regularly have sex with men to donate blood.

While countries like the UK and Sweden allow gay and bisexual men to donate if they have not had sex in a year, other European countries like Germany rule them out indefinitely.

This is because MSM are deemed to fall into the ‘high risk’ category of potential HIV risk.

November 18, 2013

Young men who have sex with men across Asia and the Pacific are facing a growing HIV epidemic according to the president of the International AIDS Society

Rates of HIV among young men who have sex with men (MSM) in Asia and the Pacific are at ‘epidemic’ proportions, a leading epidemiologist has warned ahead of the start of the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.

Speaking at an event convened by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) earlier today, International AIDS Society president Dr Chris Beyrer said ‘we have an epidemic in this region, among young MSM.’

October 21, 2013

A civil union bill on the Mediterranean island is likely to pass but has raised other issues, including whether gay and bi men should be automatically excluded from donating blood

Malta has reaffirmed it will keep the ban on sexually active gay men giving blood – but the island nation is moving towards same-sex civil unions.

The Mediterranean island archipelago is currently debating a form of ‘gay marriage’ – which could be passed within weeks.

But that has led to questions about other LGBT issues, including about the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.

And last week the Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia answered that question in a way that disappointed some and confused many.

August 30, 2013

Heterosexual sex, not gay sex is the largest transmitter of HIV in China according to government health officials

Only 1 in 5 people with HIV in China contracted the virus through unsafe sex with someone of the same sex, with 70 percent of infections spread through heterosexual sex, new health figures reveal.

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention AIDS Center director Professor Wu Zunyou released the figures during National Health and Family Planning Commission hearings this week.

Zunyou said that as of June, China's reported HIV infections were 90% sexual transmissions while nearly 9% of cases were from intravenous drug use.

August 26, 2013

A sexually inactive 21-year-old gay man in Ireland, where it’s illegal for men who have sex with men to donate blood, has been blocked from donating until further notice

An openly gay man is accusing an Ireland blood bank of discrimination after doctors requested he stop donating even though he’s never had sex.

While Ireland has a lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have sex with men or intravenous drug users to protect blood supplies, 21-year-old Tomas Heneghan claims he’s never had sex with a man before and feels he should still be eligible to donate blood.

August 25, 2013

Rife corruption in interim government sees WHO funds misused to turn Bangkok meet into junket for officials

Nepal’s interim government ignored the country’s growingly visible LGBT community and instead sent three officials to a crucial meet on HIV in Bangkok in a rampant misuse of World Health Organization (WHO) funds, the LGBT community says.

The three-day regional meeting in Bangkok from 21 August was to be an interaction of experts on men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, people working with the community, and MSMs and transgenders living with HIV.

July 25, 2013

Figures show a rise of 21% of HIV infections among gay and bisexual men in the British capital, but health charities say this is likely just due to an increase in testing

Gay people on party drugs and having sex orgies are reportedly fueling a surge in HIV infections in London.

According to The Lancet medical journal, figures show a rise of 21% of HIV infections among gay and bisexual men in London between 2011 and 2012.

In London alone there were 1,720 new infections, with that figure likely to be revised up to nearly 2,000.