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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

One in five say they have been bullied by a teacher or another adult at the school

Gay students are not receiving any information about same-sex relationships or even about their sexual health.

In a new UK study, it found three quarters of 14 to 19-year-old gay students have not been given any advice about navigating adult same-sex relationships.

A third have also said they have not been taught about HIV and safer sex, with many unaware of how the virus is actually transmitted.

The National Aids Trust, who surveyed 1,000 teens, said the lack of proper education was likely fueling the rise in young men contracting HIV.

March 6, 2015

Leading LGBTI activist is urging the government to change

Zimbabwe cannot control HIV and AIDS if it continues to discriminate against LGBTI people, a leading activist has said. 

Director of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) Chesterfield Samba has urged the government to revise the anti-gay laws that stop necessary discussion into urgent health issues.

‘We are saying that there must be a revision of laws that inhibit CSOs [Chief Security Officers] and the government from engaging on issues of key populations’ he said in an interview with The Zimbabwean.

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.

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 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 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 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

The late, great stars who lost their fight against the illness – but will live forever in our memories

To mark World AIDS Day, we celebrate the queer heroes – loved around the world for their talent and achievement – who lost their fight against HIV and AIDS in decades past. Gone, but never forgotten.

Freddie Mercury [right]

November 7, 2014

Installation takes a firm stance on condom use among gay men

An 18m pink condom has been erected in Sydney to promote condom use among gay men in the lead up to World AIDS day in December.

The heritage-listed Hyde Park Obelisk was sheathed yesterday night with a prophylactic printed with the message 'TEST MORE + TREAT EARLY + STAY SAFE.'

Safe sex ambassadors are also on hand offering passers-by free condoms and sexual health information.

The installation is the climax of safe sex education campaign launched by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) last three weeks ago.

November 6, 2014

Thousands attended the funeral of Boston’s greatest mayor and a powerful ally for LGBTI citizens of all ethnicities and backgrounds

Thousands attended the funeral of Thomas Menino on Sunday – one of the best mayors the city of Boston ever had.

Menino was not just Boston’s longest-serving mayor but also a public servant of great integrity who served all his people.

He was possibly the most pro-LGBTI mayor in the country.

October 30, 2014

Mayor John D'Amico: 'Right from the beginning, the people of West Hollywood wept for the dying, cared for the sick, and protested for more action'

The West Hollywood City Council has hired an artist to design a monument to honor HIV/AIDS activists, caregivers and community leaders and those lost to the disease.

The highly-visible monument will be built in West Hollywood Park which recently underwent an $86 Million renovation.

Although HIV is longer has to be a death sentence with the proper treatment, there is a battle to educate the younger generation about the dangers of unprotected sex.

October 28, 2014

West Africans are facing discrimination despite not being infected with Ebola, in an echo of the early days of the AIDS crisis in the US

Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.

‘Presently, the HIV/AIDS scourge is deeply eating into the fabric of our society and there is little being done to bring this to a halt.

October 28, 2014

'Thirty years after the AIDS epidemic began ... one in eight gay men (in the US) is HIV-positive'

Elton John is celebrating the dramatic advances made on the marriage equality front in recent years but he believes it has come at the expense of a life and death issue.

October 17, 2014

'This is potentially the most exciting development in HIV prevention in some years'

The UK is to be offered a pill that reduces risk of contracting HIV by up to 90%.

The daily tablet could soon be offered on the NHS and it is being described as the 'most exciting development in HIV prevention' in years.

A landmark trial in England is to be dramatically sped up after it was found taking a single dose of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), the drug Truvada, provided unprecedented levels of protection.

July 20, 2014

'These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence,' says Obama

The AIDS research community and activists were stunned and horrified to learn that prominent AIDS expert Dr Joep Lange was among those killed aboard a Malaysian Airlines flight which was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.

June 30, 2014

'...Through this comprehensive strategy, we are decreasing new HIV infections to the point where by 2020, the number of persons living with HIV in New York State will be reduced for the first time'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used Gay Pride to announce an aggressive proposal to reduce HIV infections in the Empire State.

Called Bending the Curve, the project is meant to decrease new HIV infections so the number of recently developed infections is below the figure of HIV-related deaths.

May 20, 2014

Come and see the line-up for the Garden of Earthly Delights, this year’s theme for Life Ball: Europe’s biggest HIV and AIDS charity event held 31 May

Sumptuous. Sensual. Soulful.

Try as we might, we can't find enough words to describe what is Europe's largest HIV and AIDS charity event, and one of the world's most exclusive and anticipated parties.

The official party held in Vienna’s grandiose city hall is preceded by an amazing opening show worthy of Olympic cred graced by huge names like designer Vivienne Westwood, amfAR CEO Kevin Frost, Givenchy head Riccardo Tisci and celebrities Lindsay Lohan and Courtney Love. Additional celebrities, artists and performers slated to participate this year include:

May 18, 2014

The 10K walk attracted locals and visitors from California

Sam Binkow was a minor celebrity today, 18 May, at the AIDS Walk New York. He promised to walk in a Speedo if he could get $3,000 (€2,100) in donations.

The Los Angeles man accumulated $9,000 (€6,500) and joined thousands of others in Central Park to walk 10K for AIDS/HIV organizations.

'The Speedo brings out the donations,' Binkow said to GSN. 'I love it and so does my girlfriend.'

The day was a financial success. Organizers announced, via Twitter, participants collected a total of $5.1 million (€3.7).

March 14, 2014

In 2011, it was the number nine killer with 766 deaths. But in 2012, that number is now 609

AIDS is no longer among the top 10 causes of death in New York City.

The city’s top health official has revealed for the first time since the HIV epidemic exploded in 1983, the deaths connected with AIDS have dropped.

In 2011, it was the number nine killer with 766 deaths.

But in 2012, that number is now 609.

City officials say better treatment is allowing New Yorkers with AIDS to live longer.

January 30, 2014

Henry Waxman, whose California district long included West Hollywood, to retire after 40 years in office

It was in 1974 that Henry Waxman announced his first campaign for the US Congress.

The Southern California Democrat won that election and the 19 that followed during a congressional support that included early and steady support for LGBTI issues as well as HIV-AIDS.

Today (30 January), Waxman announced that his current term is his last and he will be retiring from the congress at the end of 2014.

January 30, 2014

Dr Philip Lee has put forward a proposal to stop any immigrants with HIV or Hepatitis B from entering the UK

A group of British right-wing politicians wants to ban immigrants with HIV from entering the UK, a move branded 'draconian' by campaigners.

Dr Philip Lee, a Conservative member of parliament for Bracknell, has put forward an amendment to the Immigration Bill stating anyone wanting to enter the country must state whether they have HIV or Hepatitis B.

On Twitter, he said: ‘I've placed an amendment to tomorrow's Immigration Bill calling for migrants to confirm their Hepatitis B status before permission to enter’

December 17, 2013

Actor plays closeted Wall Street executive in denial about having the disease

Taylor Kitsch had a lot to learn.

The 32-year-old actor is one of the stars of HBO's upcoming film The Normal Heart based on Larry Kramer's play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

'I mean, look: I was born in ’81. I had no idea about the whole AIDS epidemic,' the actor tellsVulture.

The Friday Night Lights star says it was all a bit of a stretch.

December 11, 2013

British pop legend has written an open letter to explain why he decided to go to Moscow and Kazan and speak out against the gay propaganda ban during his concerts

Elton John, the gay British pop legend, has done it. He has gone to Russia to perform, spoken out against the law and has appeared to come back unscathed.

While we do not know whether the promoter, like with Lady Gaga’s tour, will be fined, but for now it seems like the singer has done his job.

Following his performances on 6 and 7 December in Moscow and Kazan, he met with gay and HIV rights activists.

For his charity, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the singer decided to write an open letter about his experiences.

Check it out below: