Tag Archives: health

Bi men, self-harm and depression

Yet another research study has linked bisexuality in men to higher rates of depression and self-harm. The report in the Journal of Public Health looked at 5,799 men’s experiences in the UK, in the 2011 Stonewall Gay & Bisexual Men’s Health Survey. Research subjects were all attracted to men – most were only attracted to men but around one in […]

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Blood ban: Ireland next?

The Republic of Ireland may be about to follow Great Britain and other countries by relaxing their life ban on blood donation for bisexual and gay men. The Irish Independent newspaper reports that a decision will be made by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar following a national conference at the end of this week. The Irish Blood Transfusion Service Board […]

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NHS flip-flops on PrEP

Last month the NHS announced it was to end consideration of funding PrEP treatment (pre-exposure prophylaxis) as an HIV prevention programme in England.  Today they rowed back from that position following the threat of a legal challenge. The National AIDS Trust (NAT) decided it had a strong legal case to challenge the NHS England decision. NAT began legal action on […]

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Bi Health Awareness Month 2016

Two years ago American bi organisation the Bisexual Resource Center declared March to be Bi Health Awareness Month, to highlight the additional health challenges bisexual people face. This year the month throws the spotlight on issues facing young bi people.  Here in the UK there has been little work on young bi people’s support from within the community since BabyBiCon […]

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HPV Vaccine for bi men

The NHS in Wales will begin to offer the HPV vaccine to bisexual and gay men, it was announced today. A vaccination programme began in 2008 for young women to be immunised against the human papilloma virus, which can cause various kinds of cancer. For several years campaigners have argued that this should be extended to bi and gay men, […]

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World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day, marked annually since 1988, and this year’s theme message is Kissing Doesn’t Spread HIV. Ignorance Does. It’s a response to National AIDS Trust research which shows 16% of people wrongly think you can get HIV from kissing, up from 4% ten years ago. With over 36 million people living with HIV worldwide, in 2014 […]

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World Record attempt?

As election fever suffuses the nation, a quick rewind to the end of 2014 – when we saw the first ever debate in the House of Lords on bisexual, trans and lesbian women’s health. Baroness Liz Barker opened the debate saying: “My Lords, in 1999, shortly after I became a Member of your Lordships’ House, I met Lord Campbell of […]

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