Health & Fitness

US eases gay blood ban during Coronavirus

US eases gay blood ban during Coronavirus

The United States on Thursday relaxed its policy on gay and bisexual men only donating blood after a one-year period of celibacy, due to rising concerns about blood supplies during the coronavirus crisis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said it was […]

Are people living with HIV more at risk from coronavirus?

Are people living with HIV more at risk from coronavirus?

As coronavirus sweeps the world, many people living with HIV are asking whether their status counts as an underlying condition and makes them more at risk. Many HIV-positive people in countries such as Britain and the United States are aged over 50, having contracted the virus during the AIDS pandemic in the 1980-90s, making them […]

Uganda: 20 LGBT+ charged with risking spread of coronavirus

Uganda: 20 LGBT+ charged with risking spread of coronavirus

Ugandan police charged 20 LGBT+ people with disobeying rules on social distancing, and risking the spread of coronavirus, on Tuesday, drawing criticism from campaigners who said they were using the restrictions to target sexual minorities. Homosexuality carries a possible life sentence in Uganda, one of the most difficult countries in Africa to be a sexual […]

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India: ‘Invisible’ trans community struggles as coronavirus shuts life down

India’s coronavirus lockdown leaves transgender people at heightened risk of poverty and ill-health, because they exist on the margins of society […] activists and community members said on Tuesday. The warning came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion, where the virus has claimed at least […]

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra set to become latest nation to legalise gay marriage

Andorra, one of Europe’s smallest countries, is set to legalise gay marriage, highlighting that eastern European countries with anti-LGBT laws are ‘on the wrong side of history’, leading human rights specialists said on Monday. A bill presented by the ruling coalition of Andorra, a nation of 80,000 people on the border of France and Spain, […]

LGBT+ homeless fear violence as coronavirus shuts US shelters

LGBT+ homeless fear violence as coronavirus shuts US shelters

The coronavirus is causing the closure of homeless centres across the United States, putting LGBT+ people without housing at increased risk of suicide, health complications or hate crimes, according to homelessness experts. Homeless centres said they have been forced to shut their doors in order to follow safety precautions over social distancing as enforced by […]

UK: Trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

UK: Trial of HIV medicine, steroid as possible COVID-19 treatments

(Reuters) – Scientists at Britain’s Oxford University have started a clinical trial to investigate the effects of an HIV medicine and a steroid drug in UK patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 caused by the new coronavirus. The first patients have already been enrolled for the trial within the country’s National Health Service, the researchers […]