The average person is on three HIV drugs of which there are many. Finding out how they interact with other prescription drugs is tricky for those on medication. Well, good news for Liverpool Uni has been on the case thanks to cash from the Elton John Aids Foundation. It's a new iPhone app called "HIV iChart" and it can tell doctors and patients which drug combinations are safe and which must be avoided.
Believe it or not comprehensive hate crime stats have been published for the first time in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In 2009 52,028 crimes were recorded in which the police believe the offence was motivated by prejudice. They were divided up as follows: race - 43,426 (up from 39,300), sexual orientation - 4,805; religion/faith - 2,083; disability - 1,402 and transgender - 312; anti-semitic - 703.
Circus, the fashionista party at the top of Centre point, has its last outing of 2010 on Sunday 19.12. DJs are Riva Starr, Thomas Gandey, Kris Di Angelis, The 2 Bears, Panton and performance art by Scottee. Click here for £12-16 tix.Click the headline for details.
Lesbians just need a good shag, according to an American judge. Yip, in a rather odd application of logic for allowing lesbians to serve in the military, he said it was OK because American soldiers could give them a good seeing to and "convert them". Sounds like the Men that stare at Goats got bored. For the record, it is 2010.
The amount of gay men diagnosed with HIV dropped slightly since 2009. 2,760 in 2009 versus 2773 this year. Gay men are still most at risk and 25% of those with it don't know. The news comes at a time when HIV funding is taking a beating with the whole cottage industry around it being re-evaluated.
Singapore's men's water polo team is in hot water after unveiling their new swimming trunk design.
They'd gone for a patriotic take on their nation states flag - five starts and a don't touch with a barge pole crescent moon. Unfortunately for them the dirty minded sex starved freaks that run the place didn't see their national flag oozing pride but an erect cOck. The team have apologised profusely and said they didn't mean to titillate the under sexed.
Shiny silvery objects of desire maker, Apple, has approved an app that allows people to sign a "declaration" against gay rights, gay marriage and so on. Naturally it's from some Christian fascists and annoyingly it got approved with a “no objectionable content” rating.
You can tell Steve Job where to shove it via a very polite petition (no app!) here...
After the mind f*ck that was anti-gay voting David Cameron saying it's ok to be gay and things get better, comes news from Pixar - the folks behind such animated smash hits as Wall-e and Toy Story. It's a parade of achingly gay American (Apple pie gay, not crystal meth ridden nutters preaching at the altar of cock) employees talking to camera... with NO shots of Wall-E getting it on or anything amusing. It's the latest in a line of vomit comets to crash in gay world from right-on press offices. Even the most desperate and illiterate gay living in No Media Land would find this creepy.
...success in the campaign to get Civil Partnership equality. Peter Tatchell tells us that "A heterosexual Quaker couple, Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, were refused a civil partnership at Bristol Register Office...(on) Tuesday, 23 November. The registrar cited the legal ban on opposite-sex civil partnerships as the reason for the refusal."
That's the lovely couple who don't want a religious wedding to the right.
Ok, best quote of the World AIDS Day season: "These cupcakes are a step towards raising awareness for the HIV/AIDS disease, which affects millions worldwide." Yip, the hyperbolic pr is up and running and our inbox is full of venue owners trying to cash in on HIV/ AIDS - by offering no cash of their own, no acts, just inviting a charity to wave a bucket as a fig leaf for their cashing in.
So, back to cup cakes! £1.50 out of the £4 they cost goes to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. We assume the boys are doing it at cost...
They might be cup cakes but it's real cash for a real charity.
Here's a shout out from the Met re a robber you may have met in Charing Cross that they've caught but need your help with:
"Lambeth Police have recently identified a series of offences committed against members of the Gay community, in particular middle aged men who have met by chance with a younger male, normally in a bar in the Charing Cross area of London and have invited the male back to their own home where the male has spent the night with them...