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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:

November 22, 2013

US president calls bill 'an important step in the right direction'

Organ transplants from one HIV-positive person to another may become a reality after President Barack Obama signed the The HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act into law on Thursday.

The HOPE Act ends a decade lifts a ban on research into the possibility of such transplants and received bipartisan support from members of the US Congress.

November 21, 2013

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan, a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, has received a plea for more tolerance for LGBTIs in China from a group of Chinese mothers with gay children

The wife of People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping has received a letter from a group of Chinese mothers with LGBTI children, urging the Asian superpower to do more to encourage acceptance of LGBTI people in order to combat the spread of HIV.

China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan is a World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS and received the letter from the five women Tuesday.

October 26, 2013

Newly launched TV drama cast, crew discuss HIV and LGBT issues with stakeholders

Its first home-grown TV series directly dealing with HIV/AIDS has debuted in the Philippines, raising stakeholders’ hopes that it would generate public awareness as well as sensitivity.

“Positive” is a drama aired by broadcaster TV5 about the discovery by a party hopper that he has AIDS, which leads him on a search to try and discover how he got infected.

October 17, 2013

The European AIDS Clinical Society has condemned Russia’s ban on so-called gay propaganda, saying it has the potential to restrict access to health information, while at the same time a new strain of HIV is spreading ‘at a rapid rate’ in the former Soviet Union

The European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) has strongly condemned the persecution of LGBTs in Russia at the 14th European AIDS Conference as a virulent new strain of HIV is spreading in the former Soviet Union.

In a statement issued on the opening day of the conference in Brussels, Belgium, EACS called on the Russian Federation to abolish its law which imposes substantial fines on Russians accused of engaging in ‘propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations amongst minors,’ which has effectively banned the public discussion of LGBT issues.

September 15, 2013

State-run hospital refuses to admit 24-year-old, saying third-sex patients need judicial permission

A 24-year-old transgender woman with HIV is struggling between life and death in India after a state hospital refused to admit her, saying she needed judicial permission for that.

The woman, who sought treatment for a severe urinary infection, is suspected to have been infected in February when she underwent castration.

The castration was performed by hijras, members of India’s eunuch community, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, using primitive methods that inflict terrible pain and carry a high risk of infection.

September 2, 2013

The number of new HIV diagnoses in the Philippines hit an all time record high in July, beating the previous record set just a month earlier in a further sign that the country is losing control of the problem

The rate of new HIV diagnoses in the Philippines has broken records for the fifth time in seven months, with 449 new infections recorded.

That beat June’s record of 431 new infections, which in turn had broken May’s record of 415.

In April the number of new infections had broken records with 388 cases – topping the previous record in January of 380.

2013’s figures for July were 62% higher than in July last year.

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 19, 2013

The Australian Government has announced a massive boost to funding to fight sexually transmitted infections in its 2013 budget, just weeks before an election that may see it lose office

The Australian Government has signalled a massive increase in funding to fight HIV and other sexually transmitted infections if it is returned to office at 7 September elections.

A $25 million dollar boost to funding was announced last week, with a big part of the package going to fund the rollout of HIV rapid testing after a rise in HIV diagnoses in Australia in the last few years.

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.

May 7, 2013

Openly gay HIV positive lead singer of pop group Erasure says current UK school curriculum doesn’t do enough to educate LGBT youngsters on safer sex

Britain should make sex education compulsory for all school children as LGBT kids are often missing crucial information at present, says singer Andy Bell.

The openly gay and HIV positive singer from pop group Erasure was writing exclusively for Gay Star News today (7 May).

He is supporting the work of the UK’s HIV campaign organization, National AIDS Trust, for whom he will perform a charity gig in London on 30 May.

April 7, 2013

Senior health experts say that sex between men is the main cause HIV infections among Chinese college students rose by 25% last year

Gay sex is to blame for most of 2,000 new HIV infections in China last year, according to health experts.

Over 1,700 college students were infected with HIV in 2012, approximately 65% of which were contracted through sex with people of the same gender, according to Xinhau News Agency.

Most of the 1,700 cases were male students, said deputy director of the National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention Wang Ning.

Ning said that more people getting tested for HIV is one reason for a rise in new cases.

April 6, 2013

Kristopher Sharp said he will not seek legal action against his attackers who printed his HIV status on flyers and posted them around school

An HIV-positive Texas university student only wants an apology from the individuals who papered the school with his personal medical records.

Openly gay Kristopher Sharp, who recently announced his plan to run for student body president at the University of Houston-Downtown, was called into the Dean’s office this week where he was shown a flyer calling his candidacy a ‘homosexual agenda’.

The front side of the flyer showed his photo sandwiched between ‘WANT AIDS?’ and ‘DON’T SUPPORT THE Isaac and Kris HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA’.

February 14, 2013

World celebrities prick their finger and tweet their blood picture along with a message of love to create awareness of the fight against HIV infection and AIDS

A host of celebrities say that AIDS can be overcome through love, by tweeting an image of their blood along with the word 'Love Is In My Blood'.

February 9, 2013

Studies show individuals who experience mental traumas from homophobia, racism and depression are more likely to engage in risky behavior that could lead to HIV infections

Mental stress from poverty and discrimination can contribute to HIV among gay men, a new study reveals.

The findings, published in the journal AIDS and Behavior, revealed a relationship between mental trauma, drug abuse and risky sexual behavior.

'The more burden these men face for being persons of color, economically disadvantaged, homosexual, foreign born, and simply discriminated against, impact their mental health,' said director of the study Perry Halkitis.

February 8, 2013

GSN meets the team at Rainbow House in the capital of Belgium

The offices of Rainbow House in the center of Brussels had been burgled about a month ago. A window had been broken, the door had been forced, and all of the laptops and computers had been stolen. As a temporary measure the staff were all working on their personal laptops to keep everything operating.