Health & Fitness

OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

OPINION: Forty years on, AIDS is not over

Forty years ago, on June 5, 1981, the first cases of what became known as AIDS were reported in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. national public health agency, reported: “Five cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among previously healthy young men in Los Angeles,” in their Morbidity […]

New Study: Noble False Widow Spider Bites Can Result in Hospitalisation

New Study: Noble False Widow Spider Bites Can Result in Hospitalisation

A team of scientists from NUI Galway have published a new study, showing that Noble False Widow spiders can deliver a bite that requires hospitalisation. The threat posed by the Noble False Widow spider has been debated among spider and healthcare specialists for many years. This new study, published in the international medical journal, Clinical Toxicology, […]

US: Suicidal thoughts for four in 10 young LGBT+

US: Suicidal thoughts for four in 10 young LGBT+

More than 40% of young, LGBT+ Americans say they considered suicide in the past year, laid low by COVID-19 lockdowns and political attacks in the Trump era, a survey found on Wednesday. According to the Trevor Project, a US non-profit dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBT+ Americans, about 70% of the 35,000 young people it surveyed […]

‘Pose’ star Billy Porter announces he is HIV-positive

‘Pose’ star Billy Porter announces he is HIV-positive

Award-winning ‘Pose’ star, Billy Porter, announced he was HIV-positive on Wednesday, adding that he was healthy, and unashamed of having a disease that has long been stigmatised. Porter, who won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying HIV-positive ballroom emcee, Pray Tell, in the hit TV show about New York’s LGBT+ drag ball culture, […]

US: Biden revives LGBT healthcare protections

US: Biden revives LGBT healthcare protections

(Reuters) – Gay and transgender people will be protected against sex discrimination in healthcare, the US health secretary said on Monday, as President Joe Biden’s administration reversed a policy put in place under his predecessor, Donald Trump. Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, said the action restores protections under a provision of the Affordable […]

US: CVS changes vaccine forms after trans anger

US: CVS changes vaccine forms after trans anger

A US pharmacy chain has changed its online registration forms for COVID-19 vaccinations, after transgender people complained about being asked to declare their birth sex, highlighting a heated nationwide debate about trans rights. CVS Health Corp, which has administered millions of vaccines in the United States, said it was scrapping a “sex assigned at birth” […]

Opinion: Disclosing HIV Status after Covid-19 Vaccine

Opinion: Disclosing HIV Status after Covid-19 Vaccine

A Vaccine for My Shame By Jonathan Cohen It has often been said that COVID-19 reveals all manner of injustices, from hazardous work to overcrowded nursing homes to domestic violence. But with the increasing availability of the vaccine in wealthy countries, COVID-19 reveals something else; the intimate details of our pre-existing health conditions. Last month, […]

Cork Gay Project: At Home Fitness Classes

Cork Gay Project: At Home Fitness Classes

The Cork Gay Project are reminding members of the continuing ‘At Home Fitness Classes with Aoife Cooke’, every Tuesday from 7.30pm, on Zoom, to keep you fit during COVID!  For more information, or to attend, go to: ATTEND

Was AIDS ‘Patient Zero’ a World War I soldier?

Was AIDS ‘Patient Zero’ a World War I soldier?

As World Health Organization scientists comb the Chinese city of Wuhan for the first cases of the coronavirus, a Canadian infectious disease expert believes he has found the source of another pandemic, HIV/AIDS, more than a century earlier. In a revised edition of his 2011 book, ‘The Origin of AIDS’, published last month, Jacques Pépin […]

Galway LGBT+ community – Free mental health workshops

Galway LGBT+ community – Free mental health workshops

Free mental health support workshops for Galway LGBT+ community A new course, aimed at equipping members of the LGBTI+ community in Galway with the skills to cope with stress, is kicking off next Wednesday, 17 February. The six-week course will take place online from 7-8pm on Wednesday evenings, and is FREE. The course will be […]