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30 years ago, New York Times first reports on disease that would become AIDS pandemic

Sunday, July 3, 2011
On this day 30 years ago -- July 3, 1981 -- under the headline "Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals," The New York Times reported: [ Read more → ]

Study: Gay, lesbian, bisexual teens more likely to engage in risky behaviors

Monday, June 6, 2011
A new study suggests that gay, lesbian and bisexual high school students are more likely than their heterosexual peers to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking alcohol and carrying guns. [ Read more → ]

AIDS — the most destructive epidemic in recorded history — turns 30

Sunday, June 5, 2011
On this day, June 5, in 1981, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta published a report of five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles. All of the men were described as "homosexuals" -- two had died. [ Read more → ]

United Kingdom to allow non-sexually active gay men to donate blood

Sunday, April 10, 2011
British health officials said Sunday that gay men will soon be allowed to donate blood for the first time, provided they are not sexually active. [ Read more → ]

Why Ronald Reagan’s legacy should be vilified, not sanctified

Sunday, February 6, 2011
Today would have been Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday. The American ultra right and Christian conservatives, along with nearly all of the GOP are singing his praises, and in the case of the politico's, either trying to emulate the "Gipper" or [...] [ Read more → ]

German doctors claim they have ‘cured’ HIV through blood stem cell transplant

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Doctors in Germany claim they have cured a man who was infected with HIV. Three years after undergoing a blood stem cell transplant, Timothy Ray Brown, 44, an American patient living in Berlin,44, who was both HIV positive and stricken with Leukemia, now shows no sign of either affliction. [ Read more → ]

Advocacy groups say NYC health department ad demonizes gay men, HIV patients

Monday, December 13, 2010
The Gay Men’s Health Crisis, an HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy group, and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), say the latest ad by the NYC Heatlth Department creates a grim portrait of being an HIV patient, which could further stigmatize victims. [ Read more → ]

NYC Health Dept: How to stigmatize HIV+ gays in the worst way imaginable (Warning: Graphic)

Sunday, December 12, 2010
This ad from the New York City Dept. Of Health is probably the most irresponsible action we have ever seen on the behalf of an public agency and prevention methods regarding HIV infection. It’s just stunning. What the hell were these people thinking? [ Read more → ]

HIV drug found to significantly reduce risk of infection, study shows

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
In a landmark study announced this week, scientists have found that Truvada -- a single daily pill containing two drugs that is currently being used by patients already infected with HIV -- actually reduces the risk of contracting the virus by at least 44%. [ Read more → ]

GMHC launches ‘I Love My Boo’ campaign aimed at Black, Latino gays

Friday, October 8, 2010
Community organizations, activists, local politicians and others joined together in New York City this week to celebrate the debut of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) “I Love My Boo” campaign aimed at increasing the visibility of Black and Latino gay men. [ Read more → ]

CDC study says 1 in 5 gay, bisexual men infected with HIV

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Nearly one in five gay and bisexual men in 21 major U.S. cities are infected with HIV, and nearly half of them do not know it, according to a new study released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Researchers at the CDC studied... [ Read more → ]

GLAAD pressures ‘The View’ to correct statements on HIV, African Americans

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Refusing to be ignored, GLAAD has teamed with the Black AIDS Institute and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), and is calling on ABC's "The View," to correct misleading statements about the spread of HIV among African Americans. [ Read more → ]

Obama administration to expand family, medical leave benefits to same-sex parents

Monday, June 21, 2010
President Obama is taking another step to expand the rights of gay workers by allowing them to take family and medical leave to care for sick or newborn children of same-sex partners, administration officials annoiunced Monday. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to make the... [ Read more → ]

Advisory panel recommends upholding ban on blood donations from gay men

Saturday, June 12, 2010
A government health committee Friday voted against rescinding the ban on gay men donating blood but also called for new research on alternative policies, citing flaws in the current rules. The Health and Human Services Committee, in its recommendations, noted that current policy permits some... [ Read more → ]

Obama orders hospital visitation rights for same-sex partners

Thursday, April 15, 2010
President Obama mandated Thursday that hospitals extend ... [ Read more → ]

Study: 14% of gay men in D.C. are HIV positive

Saturday, March 27, 2010
More than 14 percent of gay men in the District are HIV positive, almost five times as high as the overall rate for the city's adults and teenagers, according to a snapshot of the community released Thursday by the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration. Interviews with 500... [ Read more → ]
In the Life

‘In the Life’ looks at progress and efforts in fighting HIV

Thursday, December 3, 2009
Over twenty million people have died from AIDS since its cause, HIV, was discovered in 1981. Though leading scientists worldwide have dedicated their life's work to understanding the virus, its genetic complexity is unprecedented and a cure is still beyond reach. This month, In the... [ Read more → ]

AMA says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ gay marriage bans leave LGBT families vulnerable

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The nation's largest doctors' group has agreed to join efforts to repeal the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, Associated Press reports: The American Medical Association says the 'don't ask, don't-tell' law creates an ethical dilemma for gay service members and the doctors who... [ Read more → ]

Personalized therapeutic HIV vaccine shows promise

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
An experimental treatment strategy involving a vaccine that is tailor-made from an HIV-positive person’s virus and immune system cells can reduce viral load and improve the function of the immune system, according to a presentation at the AIDS Vaccine 2009 conference in Paris on... [ Read more → ]

Psychologists Reject Gay ‘Therapy’

Thursday, August 6, 2009
The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments. [ Read more → ]
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