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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 21, 2014

The appearance of a 'condom-less' movie where actors really did use protection has sparked controversy among safe-sex activists. The UK's Terrence Higgins Trust encourages producers to inform viewers the lack of condoms is due to digitalization

Falcon Studios, who’s maintained its commitment to filming condom-only porn movies, has stepped into controversial territory by announcing a ‘safe’ condom-less porn film.

In California Dreamin’ 1, already available for purchase, Falcon Studios has found a loophole in its condom-only credo: digitally remove the condoms from the scenes.

While younger porn studios like Sean Cody and Bel Ami continue to produce bareback content, Falcon/Raging Stallion along with older studios like COLT and Titan have reiterated their position to only film safe-sex scenes.

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.

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 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.

October 23, 2013

Gay saunas have hit out at the proposed condom ban proclaiming it 'unfair' while HIV experts warn it will stop safer sex and be a 'public health own goal'

Edinburgh gay saunas are facing the possibility of having to remove condoms after police complaints.

Police Scotland have written to the city council arguing if it grants licenses for saunas it should be on condition that no items of a sexual nature are allowed on the premises.

The authorities are focusing on five saunas in particular in an effort to crack down on the sex trade.

A spokesman for gay sauna Steamworks described the proposal as ‘unfair’.

Speaking to Gay Star News, he said: ‘I don’t understand why they want to take away condoms.

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.

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.

June 5, 2013

Gonorrhea, genital warts, herpes and chlamydia all up in England among gay and bisexual men and young people

Gay and bisexual men are making up 79% of all syphilis cases in England and have seen a 37% rise in gonorrhea.

They also make up 58% of gonorrhea cases in the country – a total of 10,754 men were diagnosed with the bacteria, known as ‘the clap’, which causes burning pain during urination and discharge from the penis.

The new official figures, released today (5 June) come from government agency Public Health England (PHE).

May 5, 2013

Data from the US National Surveys of Family Growth has shown that gay Americans have become less promiscuous over the decade that same-sex marriage became available to them

Data from the US National Surveys of Family Growth appears to show that American gay men have become less promiscuous over the decade that same-sex marriages first began to become available to them.

Researchers compared data from gay men aged between 15 and 44 who took part in the National Surveys of Family Growth in 2002 to those who took part between 2006 and 2010 and found a statistically meaningful drop in the numbers of sexual partners they reported having in the last year.

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.

March 26, 2013

Diagnosed infections up from 69 men who have sex with men (MSM) in 2011 to 87 in 2012

New Zealand's AIDS Epidemiology Group has released figures for new HIV diagnoses in 2012 and has found they are up from 2011.

In total 170 people were diagnosed with HIV in 2012, of which 87 are believed to be MSM (men who have sex with men). In 2011 69 MSM were diagnosed with HIV - the lowest number for ten years in New Zealand.

In 2010, 100 men were diagnosed with HIV, the highest number since the virus first hit the country.

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 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.

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.

December 25, 2012

Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust urges gay men to bring a pack of condoms to the Christmas party

Gay festive partygoers are being warned not to add HIV to their list of unwanted Christmas presents.

UK-based sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is urging revelers to be vigilant this holiday season and not to forget about practicing safe sex.

‘Christmas – a time for loving and giving. But some unwanted presents can’t just be dropped off at the charity shop,’ warns Lisa Power of THT.

November 30, 2012

Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, veteran LGBT activist Peter Tatchell says Britain is failing to tackle the spread of HIV among gay and bisexual men

New diagnoses of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the UK have been increasing since 2007, with 3,010 infections recorded in 2011, according to figures released this week by the Health Protection Agency.

The HPA reports that prevalence of HIV among the general population in 2011 was 1.5 per 1,000, but among men who have sex with men the rate is 31 times higher, 47 per 1,000.

November 7, 2012

AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said this was a massive victory for safer sex

Voters have decided gay porn stars must wear condoms in Los Angeles, it was announced today (7 November).

In perhaps one of the least publicized voters of the US elections, 55.9% of LA County people approved the law.

Speaking to the LA Times, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said this was a major referendum on the subject of safer sex.

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.

September 18, 2012

The UK’S largest HIV charity has launched two guides available online aiming to provide advice for transgender people.

The UK’S largest HIV and sexual health charity has launched two guides available online aiming to provide health and wellbeing advice for transgender people.

The guides have been launched with the hope of pushing down the high rates of HIV, specifically among trans women, which is estimated to affect between 11.5% to 57% in Europe.

Michelle Ross, Trans Awareness Facilitator at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: ‘It’s becoming increasingly clear that trans people today face a range of issues that place them at increased risk of infection.

September 11, 2012

Last quarter saw the highest ever numbers of new HIV infections in Hong Kong, AIDS Concern say the popularity of Grindr is contributing to the rise

AIDS Concern, the oldest HIV awareness group in Hong Kong, has blamed gay hook-up app Grindr for the highest number of new HIV infections in the former British colony.

In April to June this year there were 131 new cases of HIV in Hong Kong, the most in a quarter since records began in 1984. Of those, 65 were from MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) and 37 with source undetermined.

August 31, 2012

Hepatitis C rates among HIV positive gay men in Switzerland have jumped by eighteen hundred percent over 14 years and researchers are calling for better education campaigns targeting men who have sex with men

Hepatitis C infections have increased eighteen fold among HIV positive Swiss men over a 14 year period, according to a study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, with half of those infections occurring since 2008.

In comparison infections decreased among injecting drug users and remained stable among heterosexuals.

Troublingly, over 80 percent of the Hepatitis C infections among gay men were of the hardest strains of the virus to treat.

August 25, 2012

New Zealand doctors say the average age of men contracting the STD has dropped from 46 to 24

Gay dating app Grindr is being blamed in New Zealand for the rise in sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis.

Christchurch Sexual Health Clinic’s Heather Young said gay men would usually contract syphilis while clubbing or visiting saunas, TVNZ reports.

She said: ‘In 2011, sex-on-site venues were associated with 50% of syphilis cases but in 2012 it is more commonly found after use of internet dating sites or the Grindr app.’