Posted elsewhere: Well done Gibraltar! “More British than Finchley.”

This week, the Gibraltar Parliament made history. It passed a Civil Partnerships Bill which extends to all couples the right to enter a civil partnership. It is not limited to same-sex couples as currently in the United Kingdom. Any couple may register as civil partners, provided of course that neither party is already either married or in a civil partnership. Earlier this evening, I posted the following on Facebook: It looks like Andrew and I are moving to Gibraltar at just the right time. Well done to the Gibraltar Parliament for passing this legislation which goes even further than that in force in any part of the … Continue reading Posted elsewhere: Well done Gibraltar! “More British than Finchley.”

When there is trouble, we will hear about it, don’t worry.

It has been a wonderful Christmas Day which has been only slightly spoiled by people reading reports on Twitter, fearing the worst, demanding to be told, and forgetting that in the bad old days of the Northern Irish Troubles we heard in the morning. 24 hours a day news has spoilt us. As I have just said on Facebook, if there is anything untoward we will hear about it when we wake tomorrow. For now, let’s enjoy the peace and restfulness of the season.   Continue reading When there is trouble, we will hear about it, don’t worry.

My hearing…

For years I have suggested to my mother that, when she complains that she cannot hear something, she should perhaps get a hearing aid. However, a friend who grew up two houses to the north of us, this evening posted on Facebook that he had just had his ears irrigated. Before this evening, I had no idea that such a procedure could be carried out. However, where it impacts my life, is that I have noticed that I have to have the television turned up higher to hear it; and I have difficulty hearing people when speaking to me on the telephone. I think that I … Continue reading My hearing…

Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

Today is Irish AIDS Day and the news is not good. The largest ever levels of new HIV cases in gay and bisexual men have been revealed. The Irish Health & Safety Executive’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre show that there were 166 newly diagnosed cases of HIV for gay and bisexual men in 2012 in Ireland. These figures are the highest diagnosis rates recorded to date in the State. The figures show that HIV diagnosis rates amongst gay and bisexual men have increased by 160% between 2005 and 2012 and that they now represent just under half (48%) of all new … Continue reading Irish figures reveal sharp increase in HIV among young gay men

62.2% of MSM say barebacking “hotter” than protected sex says recent report.

Community Healthcare Network published a report, Zero Feet Away: Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Unprotected Sex in Men Who Have Sex with Men Utilizing Location-based Mobile Apps, which “found a large sample of gay and bisexual men who are undeniably knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS, possess skills to talk about it, and yet in many cases participate in risk-taking activities.” Although the vast majority of the men surveyed are from the United States of America, it may be a piece of research that should be replicated by charities working in the area in Northern Ireland. The survey on which the report was based has … Continue reading 62.2% of MSM say barebacking “hotter” than protected sex says recent report.

AIDS Warning – Tasteless joke award…

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aids day (Photo credit: max_thinks_sees)

This evening, after a long and tiring week I settled down to chat to a few friends on Facebook, one of the many groups that I am a member flashed up as having a new post… knowing the group to be one where some good jokes are often posted, I hurried across…

AIDS WARNING

To all of you approaching 55 or have REACHED 55 and past, this E-mail is especially for you…

SENIOR CITIZENS ARE THE NATION’S LEADING CARRIERS OF AIDS! Continue reading “AIDS Warning – Tasteless joke award…”

Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help?

As we approach World AIDS Day 2012 there are many ways that you can make a difference to the global campaign against HIV transmission. For anyone who uses social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, leading condom manufacturer, Durex has promised to donate one condom for one share. Watch the video With no cure for AIDS, HIV prevention is a priority. With the #1Share1Condom campaign we’re raising awareness of HIV and AIDS globally. On behalf of every person who gets involved by sharing an HIV message, Durex will donate a condom to an HIV prevention project. These projects are active … Continue reading Durex promises #1share1condom for #worldaidsday to help HIV-prevention charities. Can you help?