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A new study out of the World Health Organization has determined those living with HIV have a significantly higher risk of dying of COVID-19. The WHO’s report is based on clinical data from 37 countries and almost 270,000 people. The researchers examined the risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes in people living with HIV (PLHIV) hospitalised …

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Netflix has released a trailer for documentary Pray Away, featuring former leaders of the gay “conversion therapy” movement who have now denounced the movement they started. In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a bible study to help each other leave the “homosexual lifestyle.” After receiving thousands of …

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The US Food and Drugs Administration has issued a warning to consumers about poppers, citing an increase in hospitalisations and deaths from the popular sex aid. “The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use nitrite ‘poppers‘,” the FDA said in a recent statement. “They can result in serious adverse health effects, including death. …

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Reading newspaper articles from the time of the Spanish Flu feels depressingly familiar. Indeed, it’s déjà vu all over again. Anti-vaxxers, deniers, conspiracy theorists, profiteers, and quacks grabbed the headlines then, as they do during the COVID pandemic. “People were different back then,” apologists love to chant about days gone by. But, if those know-nothings …

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Canadian lawmakers have passed a bill to outlaw harmful LGBT conversion practices. “Conversion therapy” refers to discredited practices of changing or suppressing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, using psychological or spiritual means. The Canadian government’s bill passed its first vote 263 to 63 this week. The legislation will now go to the Senate …

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Greens senator Janet Rice has lashed “ridiculous” blood donation rules affecting Australian transgender women with male partners. In Australia, our Lifeblood donation service makes men who have sex with other men wait three months after sexual activity to donate blood. Transgender men and women must also wait three months after sex with a male or …

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This month, the world is marked 40 years since the first five cases of AIDS were officially reported in the United States. On June 5, 1981 the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) included a now-historic report in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). It described five cases of rare Pneumocystis carinii …

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Reverend Fred Nile will introduce legislation in New South Wales to restrict transgender children from accessing gender-affirming treatment before the age of 18, the retiring MP’s successor Lyle Shelton says. Rev Nile, the longest-serving New South Wales MP, is retiring from state politics this November. Former Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton will take over …

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Patrick O’Connell, an AIDS activism icon who is widely credited with creating the iconic red ribbon symbol, has died. He was 67. O’Connell passed away on March 23 in a New York hospital, four decades after receiving a HIV diagnosis in the 1980s. Active in the New York arts community at the time, he and …

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Arkansas has become the first US state to legislate a ban gender-affirming treatments for transgender children under the age of 18. The laws, passed this week, prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment and puberty blockers to anyone under 18 years old. The bill also outlaws gender affirmation surgery for children, which doctors don’t currently …

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