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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.

October 7, 2014

For trans men who opt for genital reassignment surgery, scientists promise a new procedure could be revolutionary

Many transgender men do not opt for genital reassignment surgery. But for those who do want it, the procedure could be set to change following a new breakthrough.

Scientists have reportedly successfully grown half a dozen human penises in a lab and say they are steadily approaching transplantation in the next few years.

In 2008, urological surgeon Anthony Atala and his colleagues attached a bioengineered penis to 12 male rabbits.

All rabbits attempted to mate (like rabbits), eight had ejaculated and four produced offspring.

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.

March 20, 2014

Gay men are more self-conscious than straight men in the locker room, with participants in the study saying they are less likely to change in front of straight guys as it's 'unfair' on them

Straight men are apparently more likely than gay guys to ‘compete’ on penis size in the locker room, according to a new study.

Dr Christopher Morris-Roberts, a senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, has said penis size matters a lot to athletes in the locker room.

In research for his PHD, Dr Morriss-Roberts interviewed eight London athletes who played a variety of sports including football, tennis and rugby.

Half of these men self-identified as gay and the other half as straight.

February 10, 2014

Rainbow Reykjavik, Iceland’s winter pride festival, lived up to its name by showing me Iceland’s gayer side of life

The whale’s penis is taller than me.

At 5’6” tall, I am living proof of the adage 'great things come in small packages,’ but standing next to the 5'7" whale penis I knew there was no adage that would save me from a few jokes.

Even the polar bear chained to one of Reykjavik’s most popular shops seemed to snicker at me as I struggled to take a selfie with him/her.

The Icelandic Phallological Museum isn’t specifically gay, but bring in the 65 gay men and lesbians attending Rainbow Reykjavik, and the puns are just too easy to pass up.

February 9, 2014

A leaked report has revealed the ‘shocking’ questioning refugees face trying to gain asylum in the UK

UK Home Office officials have reportedly been humiliating LGBTI asylum seekers with degrading questions about their sex lives.

A leaked report to the Observer, from October 2013, reveals the extent of the harsh questioning that asylum seekers endured.

One bisexual man underwent five hours of questioning, with no lawyer present, including: ‘Did you put your penis into x's backside?’ and ‘When x was penetrating you, did you have an erection? Did x ejaculate inside you? Why did you use a condom?’

January 18, 2014

The news program which is meant to investigate the rising rate of HIV infections among young Chinese instead featured hidden camera footage and dialogue between a sex worker and an undercover reporter in a hotel room

Gay rights groups are demanding an apology after a TV station aired hidden camera footage of a male sex worker meeting with a male undercover reporter in a hotel room in Guangzhou.

December 19, 2013

Zambian Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has backed plans to provide condoms to male prisoners in the country’s jails to prevent the spread of HIV but critics have claimed it will lead to more gay prison sex

Zambia’s Health Minister Joseph Kasonde has said there is nothing wrong with distributing condoms in prisons and that everything should be done to stop the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the country’s jail system.

‘There is nothing wrong to give condoms to inmates from a medical point of view because we have to give out any preventive measure available to prevent the spread of disease,’ Kasonde said, according to Zambia Reports.

November 6, 2013

A revolutionary anal condom that simulates condom free sex is being trailed in Boston by the US National Institutes of Health in the hopes of encouraging more people to engage in safer sex

An anal sex specific prototype of a new generation of condoms is being tested by Boston’s Fenway Institute as part of a clinical trial by the US National Institutes of Health.

Origami Condoms have developed a new kind of sexual barriers which simulate condomless sex and their anal condom hopes to be a game changer in preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections among gay men.

Insertive condoms for women have been available in the past but the Origami Anal Condom is the first condom designed for use by a passive partner during anal sex.

March 22, 2013

Co-founder of Microsoft is pledging thousands of dollars in a bid to make safe sex hotter than unsafe sex and save millions of lives

Bill Gates will be giving an inventor thousands of dollars if they can invent a more pleasurable condom.

The co-founder of Microsoft and business magnate is looking for a next generation condom that ‘significantly preserves or enhances pleasure in order to improve uptake and regular use’.

Gates is welcoming anyone, from students to scientists, to come up with an idea and submit it in an easy, online, two-page application.

February 19, 2013

In rock carvings dating back at least 3,000 years, it shows men, women and bisexuals in the first recorded images of human sexuality

One of the world’s earliest carvings conveying human sexuality shows bisexuality was normal, even over 3,000 years ago

The Kangjiashimenji Petroglyphs, rock carvings found in a remote region in northwest China, show a fertility ritual.

Archaeologist Wang Binghua discovered the symbols in the late 1980s, but little has been written about them.

In a new report from Mary Mycio, the carvings show 100 figures which abstractly depicts different ways of expressing sexuality.

October 25, 2012

Transgender people in Queens district of Jackson Heights are twice as likely to be stopped and searched by police, report claims

Transgender people in Jackson Heights, New York, have been targeted by police for stop-and-frisk searches at more than twice the rate of the rest of the population, a new study claims.

The report, which spoke to 305 residents in the Queens neighborhood, was conducted by Make The Road New York and the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence project.

'Transgender and gender nonconforming people of color are particularly vulnerable due to their visibility,' the study notes.

August 2, 2012

My mission to bring better fitting, safer condoms to the world through crowd-funding

I'm sure I don't have to tell you that when people don't like condoms, they don't use them – certainly not every time they should.

However, while this may not have been true a few years ago, these days, if you don’t absolutely love your condom, you are simply wearing the wrong one. Let me explain why.

For far too long people have believed that all condoms are one-size-fits-all and that all condoms are created equal.

It is time to bust these widespread condom myths once and for all.

July 30, 2012

Terrence Higgins Trust launch an online guide with tips to teach men the best way to use condoms

A UK sexual health charity has launched a guide to help gay and bisexual men prevent condom ‘mishaps’.

The Gay Men’s Guide to Condoms (Everything they didn’t teach you at school) teaches how men can best protect themselves and their partners from infection.

June 20, 2012

The Ministry of Health removes condoms and lube from an HIV campaign targeted at men who have sex with men

Spain's Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality is omitting condoms from its latest HIV prevention campaign.

The campaign, aimed at men who have sex with men, originally included the distribution of 100,000 condoms and lubricants intended for gay pride and related events throughout the year.

Headed by Ana Mato, the health ministry has unexpectedly changed the contents of the packages that will now only include pamphlets on HIV prevention and testing.

May 15, 2012

'There’s nothing I can do. I just have to laugh it off'

Michael Fassbender, one of the busiest actors in the movie business these days, should have known he'd be asked about his penis when he was profiled for the new issue of of GQ magazine.

It was on full display in the film in which Fassbender plays a heterosexual sex addict who at one point even has sex with a man he meets at a gay bathhouse.

April 27, 2012

Taiwan AIDS Foundation invite Japanese gay pornstars, Koh Masaki and Kong, to pro-safe sex party

Two Japanese gay porn stars will promote safe sex at a party in Taipei tomorrow.

Taiwan AIDS Foundation invited the two actors, Koh Masaki and Kong, to a launch party for a gay health education website and a new centre in Ximenting, a gay area in Taiwan's capital.