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July 9, 2014

Smoking is now deadlier for LGBTIs than HIV as gay Americans continue to smoke at higher rates while advances in medicine have seen a decline in deaths from HIV

Smoking tobacco is now a bigger killer for people in the LGBTI community than HIV and the US Surgeon General has released a video campaign specifically targeting them to encourage them to quit.

According to the US Network for LGBT Health Equity having HIV as a non-smoker takes an average of 5.1 years off one’s life but people who smoke and have HIV will die 12.3 years earlier on average.

November 12, 2013

Researcher discovers isolation and depression makes lesbians, gays and bisexuals an easy target for drugs and alcohol consumption

Gays, lesbians are bisexuals are more likely to be dependent on drugs and alcohol compared to straights, a new report has revealed.

The five year-long project 'Part of the Picture' was conducted by the Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) and the University of Central Lancashire, and sampled over 7,000 people within the LGB community of England.

Answers reveal over a quarter of respondents are substance dependents on drugs such as cannabis, ‘poppers,’ – an inhaled liquid nitrite - as well as powder cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine and amphetamines.

January 8, 2013

ProGay Philippines welcome final passage of Reproductive Health Bill, but are still concerned that LGBT people are being ignored

A gay rights group in the Philippines has responded to Congress finally passing the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.

After a 10 year battle between Catholic conservatives and modern pragmatists desperate to tackle the Philippines' high birthrate and poverty, Congress passed the RH Bill at the end of December.

ProGay Philippines lauded the passage of the bill, but said that impoverished LGBT people will continue to suffer.

November 21, 2012

Pastor of LGBT-friendly church in Metro Manila says the people are ready, but the Catholic church is blocking same-sex marriage in the Philippines

A gay pastor who has performed dozens of same-sex marriage ceremonies across the Philippines said in an interview with Gay Star News on Sunday that Filipinos are ready for gay marriage.

‘I performed a lesbian wedding in a province in September, and usually provinces are very conservative, but the whole community was there celebrating, even the town mayor!’ said Reverend Ceejay Agbayani of LGBTS Christian Church in Quezon City, Metro Manila (the ’S’ is for ‘straight’).

November 10, 2012

Promising to stop transgender people from avoiding debts, the Californian city has voted to offer free operations

San Francisco is going to become the first US city to provide and cover the cost of sex reassignment surgeries.

The Californian city’s Health Commission has voted to create a program for treating transgender people fully, as reported by the Associated Press.

Barbara Garcia, Public Health Director, said San Francisco already provides transgender residents with hormones, counseling and routine health services, but stopped short of offering surgical procedures.

August 12, 2012

A safe sex campaign that was pulled down after complaints from Christians and then reinstated will return in the Australian state of Queensland from this month

A controversial safe-sex campaign targeting gay men has returned in the Australian state of Queensland a year after it was removed from billboards and bus shelters following an orchestrated campaign against it by Christian activists.

The Rip & Roll campaign resulted in 222 complaints, making it the most complained about advertisement in Australia in 2011, after the far-right Australian Christian Lobby urged its members to complain about it.

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 28, 2012

A Northern Ireland court has heard how a ban on gay men giving blood is ‘irrational and unlawful’

Lawyers representing an unidentified man have pressed the Northern Ireland health minister to lift a ban on gay blood donations.

The ban, in place since the 1980s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2011. However health minister, Edwin Poots, has maintained the ban saying it is to ensure public safety.

June 22, 2012

Gay Justen Schafer tells his story of surviving testicular and colorectal cancer and why he now runs a charity screening women for the disease

Balls, arse, tits and the vajayjay. Sounds like an average night out on the town.

June 17, 2012

Edwin Poots suggests people who have sex with prostitutes and Africans should also be banned from giving blood

Health Minister Edwin Poots is standing by his decision to ban gay men in Northern Ireland from donating blood.

Speaking on the BBC Sunday Politics NI programme today (17 June), Poots said he received two new pieces of research this week that strengthened his position.

However Poots has said he does not want the ban to apply to gay people only.

He said: ‘I think that people who engage in high risk sexual behaviour in general should be excluded from giving blood.

June 14, 2012

Gay and bisexual men around the world are still banned or restricted from giving blood, even when risk is low

Campaigners are marking World Blood Donor Day by calling for the ban and restrictions on gay men giving blood to be lifted globally.

Today (14 June), the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging people to be a 'hero' and give the 'life-saving gift' of blood.

On its website, the UN agency states that 'every one of us can become a hero simply by giving blood'.

However, gay and bisexual men in most countries around the world are banned entirely from donating and in many where it is allowed, are required to abstain from sex for at least a year.

June 12, 2012

Senator John Kerry urges health officials to rely on 'science of today not the myths of 20 years ago'

Senator John Kerry wants the US Department of Health to end its policy of banning gay or bisexual men from donating blood.

Kerry and US Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois on Monday (11 June) sent a letter to the department urging it to move forward with a study that looks at ending the ban which has been in place since the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s.

May 31, 2012

A game of bouncy beds and scoring promotes the idea of getting checked regularly

In response to the new data released by the Health Protection Agency today (31 May), which showed an increase in the number of sexually transmitted infections in gay men, The Terence Higgins Trust (THT), the UK’s HIV and sexual health charity, has launched a platform game on Facebook.

The game, called Man Up, sees players bounce their way from bed to bed without either falling off the screen or being knocked off by a love bug.

May 31, 2012

Health experts point to rise of apps for increase in sexually transmitted infections

UK health experts are urging gay men to practice safe sex after alarming new figures reveal a sharp increase in sexually transmitted infections.

According to new data released by the Health Protection Agency today (31 May), there has been an upsurge in the number of new STI diagnoses in England in 2011, with the biggest increase seen among men who have sex with men.

May 18, 2012

A new report on transgender people in Asia says in some areas 49% are HIV positive

A new report into the rights and HIV vulnerability of transgender people has found that in some areas of Asia 49% of trans women are HIV positive. The report blames the alarmingly high prevalence rates on ‘stigma and prejudice’.

April 30, 2012

Memorial quilt for the first victims of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand handed to museum in church ceremony

The national museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, accepted the country's AIDS memorial quilt in a church ceremony yesterday.

The quilt, a memorial to the first victims of the AIDS epidemic in New Zealand, was created with the motto: 'Remember their names, cherish their memory, celebrate their lives'.

The first panel was sewn in memory of Peter Cuthbert, the first person to die of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand in 1988.

April 11, 2012

amfAR gives cash prizes to seven gay, bi and trans HIV and AIDS groups in Africa

The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), have announced the recipients of their fifth round of Africa community awards, which aim to curb the AIDS epidemic among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and men who have sex with men.

Designed to provide funding for HIV and AIDS prevention, testing and treatment, the awards of between $10,000 and $20,000 (€7,610 to €15,220) go to groups that conduct outreach and advocacy, often in countries where same-sex sexual activity is illegal. The awards are given through amfAR’s MSM Initiative.

March 14, 2012

Delhi Supreme Court hearing into the decriminalisation of gay sex continues

There are 2.5 million gay men in India, 0.2% of the 1.2 billion population , according to figures from the National Aids Council.

The figures were presented to Delhi Supreme Court yesterday in response to an affidavit during the current case re-examining the high court 2009's decriminalisation of gay sex

January 23, 2012

NGO report warns of impending HIV crisis among gay and trans in Latin America.

Experts are warning of an impending HIV crisis among gay men and transgender people in Latin America as a result of vital funding cuts.

Millions of people will have to go without HIV services and many may die waiting for treatment as a result of the Global Fund's cuts to grants, according to a report by The International HIV/AIDS Alliance.