Saturday, 21 November 2015

Telegraph: ‘This is what it’s really like to live with HIV’
Theo Merz 17 NOVEMBER 2015 • 10:32AM


Charlie Sheen is expected to make a "revealing personal" announcement today, following reports in the US that he is HIV positive. If correct, the anticipated disclosure will confirm that the actor is one of 35 million people worldwide who live with the virus.

Charlie Sheen pictured in 2013 CREDIT: AP

HIV is rarely out of the news, and yet, because of continuing developments in treatment, few of us understand what life with the condition is like now.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Times: The concealed faces of HIV...
Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:25

In 1986, every haemophiliac in Malta was asked to undergo a blood test. There were no explanations, simply a devastating result – all 28 patients had been infected with two life-threatening viruses, hepatitis C and HIV. Just seven remain alive today. Ariadne Massa speaks with a survivor.
Clyde* walks with a slight limp and his eyes are bloodshot, but there are no other visible indicators of the ravages that three serious diseases have had on his body.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Times: A boy and his pet called HIV: one man’s story

Monday, October 5, 2015, 11:28 by Ariadne Massa

Leonard*: “Today I’m open about my orientation but I forever struggle with issues of self-esteem and self-worth.”

Growing up, Leonard* was weighed down under shame and sadness as he struggled to come out. He yearned for acceptance and love, but he contracted more than he had bargained for.

"At first I didn’t want to write to you, not because of the fear of being exposed but because I didn’t want you to turn me, or my story, into a piece of news. Just another over-glamorised, sensational piece of media.

Our Wedding: You had me at Hello: Christian & Clayton

Hot on the heels of their recent Civil Union, Christian Vella and Clayton Mercieca share memories from their special day with OurWedding, as well as what it means to them to be recognised as a couple by the State following the introduction of the Civil Unions Act.
November 2015

A one-time virtual chat between Christian, a research and programme officer at the International Institute on Ageing, and Clayton, a manager in investment promotion at Malta Enterprise, quickly revealed that the two had lots in common. It wasn’t until a year later, however, when Christian returned to Malta after a year-long internship in the UK, that they bumped into each other at a party.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bay: POUT Tour LGBTIQ Film Festival
November 2015

Some of the world's best gay and lesbian theme films will be showing at the Eden Cinemas in St Julian's this week.

The Poutfest Tour 2015 is a week-long film festival with movies based on LGBTIQ storylines.

The event will start on Wednesday and will feature a series of contemporary, socially challenging and eye-opening movies.

Films to be exhibited include: Soft Lad, Dressed as a Girl, A Girl At My Door, Futuro Beach, and a collection of 10 new, award winning short films.

As part of the festival, Eden Cinemas will also be holding on-screen Skype interviews with directors and cast members.

The audience will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with them and discuss the movie and the concepts behind it.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Times: More than 60% of Maltese are OK with a gay PM

38% not comfortable with a Muslim colleague
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12:45 by Philip Leone-Ganado

A total of 58 per cent of the population would be comfortable or indifferent to a transgender person leading the country, the survey found. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

More than 60 per cent of Maltese people would be comfortable with a gay prime minister but only 40 per cent would accept a premier who was not Christian, a new Eurobarometer survey shows.

The European Commission report, based on surveys carried out in May and June this year, says that 50 per cent of the population would also be comfortable with a transgender person leading the country.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Times: ‘Gay books’ will not be distributed in schools
Friday, October 16, 2015, 07:14 by Keith Micallef

[Click on the hyperlink above to watch the Video by Mark Zammit Cordina]

Textbooks donated to the government a few weeks ago by a gay lobby group will not be distributed to pupils, the Education Minister said yesterday.

“I don’t blame parents who have expressed concern on this matter but I want to assure them that these books have not and will not be distributed to their children,” Evarist Bartolo said.

The Education Minister made this assurance in the wake of criticism that State schools were being used for “gender indoctrination” by the Malta Gay Rights Movement. In July the MGRM donated several copies of 14 publications to the Education Ministry, focusing on different forms of families and same-sex relationships.

Independent: Gay rights: Malta in top place in Rainbow Map for first time
Monday, 5 October 2015, 16:51

For the first time Malta reached the top place on what is known as the Rainbow Map, which is a classification of countries according to the rights enjoyed by the LGBTIQ community.

Malta occupied the third place among the 49 nations listed in the classification, but moved up two places above Belgium and the United Kingdom since the last list was published four months ago, the government said in a statement.

Monday, 5 October 2015

iNews Malta: Malta kklassifikata l-ewwel fost 49 pajjiż fil-qasam tad-drittijiet ta' persuni LGBTIQ
17:07 | 05.10.2015

Pajjiżna kompla javvanza ’l fuq fl-indiċi fil-qasam tad-drittijiet tal-persuni LGBTIQ għall-2015 maħruġ minn ILGA-Europe fejn għall-ewwel darba Malta rnexxielha titla’ fl-ewwel post minn fost 49 pajjiż differenti.

F’aġġornament li ħarġet ILGA-Europe aktar kmieni llum dwar l-andament ta’ pajjiżi differenti fil-qasam tal-libertajiet ċivili, jirriżulta li Malta rnexxielha tavvanza żewġ postijiet oħra ’l fuq biex mit-tielet post li kisbet f’Mejju, issa tinsab fil-quċċata f’temp ta’ erba’ xhur. Dan ifisser li fl-aħħar xhur pajjiżna rnexxielu jaqbeż kemm lill-Belġju kif ukoll lir-Renju Unit li kien ilu jokkupa l-quċċata għal diversi snin.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Times: Dating app blamed for HIV surge
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 07:52 by Ariadne Massa

Grindr, a men-only dating app used for casual sexual encounters, is one of the factors fuelling the record surge in new HIV cases this year, according to Mater Dei Hospital’s infection specialist.

Forty-six new HIV cases were registered in the first nine months of this year – three more than all of 2014 – and 90 per cent of these were gay men, mainly aged between 30 and 50.

“People are having unprotected casual sex, and these geosocial apps, where you can seek an anonymous partner close by… are contributing to it. This is a phenomenon being witnessed across Europe and the US,” Dr Charles Mallia Azzopardi said.

Times: Majority of clinic visitors did not use condoms
Saturday, October 3, 2015, 00:01 by Ariadne Massa

Just over half of those visiting the GU Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital this year played Russian roulette and indulged in unprotected sex, while another 35 per cent admitted to only “sometimes” using a condom, according to the latest figures.

Health Parliamentary Secretary Chris Fearne said in the first eight months of this year, 1,942 patients visited the Genitourinary Clinic.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Medical Daily: New HIV Vaccine Proves Successful In Phase 1 Human Trial
Sep 4, 2013 10:55 AM By Susan Scutti

Canadian researchers have developed the first genetically modified, whole-killed HIV vaccine, which has successfully passed Phase 1 human trials. 
Robert O'Dell, US Navy

A vaccine for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has proved successful in a Phase 1 clinical trial with no adverse effects in human patients, Sumagen Canada Inc. and Western University of Ontario announced today. The vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang and his team, is the first genetically modified, whole-killed vaccine to be approved for testing in humans.

Times: Homosexuality not a disease
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:48 by Ramona Depares

Patrick Pullicino’s opinion piece on today’s issue of the newspaper (read here: shocked and disgusted me. Masquerading as an objective analysis of ‘gay conversion’ – I thought we had all agreed this is not actually a thing? – Mr Pullicino’s piece reads like it is taken straight out of a medieaval Malta, when witch-doctors ruled the day and rhino testicles were used to cure anything from the common cold to gangrene.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Weddings-Malta: Stylish Civil Unions & Honeymoons
September 2015

Stylish Civil Unions & Honeymoons
On the 10th and 11th October 2015 at Stylish Civil Unions & Honeymoons you will meet gay-friendly vendors who are ready, willing and able to make wedding dreams come true whether its bride-bride or groom-groom! In addition, you will be able to save money too.
Civil unions carry the same needs as traditional weddings and the Stylish Civil Unions & Honeymoons is an excellent opportunity for attendees to meet face-to-face with many businesses that provide the professional services you need in planning this special occasion.
Our exhibitors will be offering planning ideas, free samples, and much more! – from gowns, suits, planners, caterers, florists, cake companies, rings, venues, invitations, photographers, entertainers, financial and legal consultants, transport, honeymoon destinations and other professional wedding services, you will find everything you are looking for to prepare for the big day in style.
Many of the exhibitors will have special packages available for this event.
To enquire about stand prices and to receive a copy of the floor plan please contact Chrystelle Doublesin on +356 22911061 or email
CLICK HERE to know more about the carefully selected exhibitors for the 2015 edition of Stylish

Stylish Civil Unions and Honeymoons will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Phoenicia, entrance from Great seige road.
Hotel Phoenicia
The Mall

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Malta Today: 1980s ban on gay blood next taboo in line of fire

The issue was recently raised by the government’s LBTIQ consultative committee in an action plan that proposes to address the ban, originally introduced because men having sex with men had a higher risk of HIV infection than heterosexuals. 

29 August 2015, 7:30am by Martina Borg

The lifetime ban on sexually active gay men remains a controversial aspect of medical norms in a society that is otherwise now geared towards more equal rights for gay people, and scuttling the prejudice they face in daily life.

The issue was recently raised by the government’s LBTIQ consultative committee in an action plan that proposes to address the ban, originally introduced because men having sex with men had a higher risk of HIV infection than heterosexuals.

Monday, 24 August 2015

MGRM: Celebrating Difference
Monday, August 10, 2015, 00:01 by Gabi Calleja

In his opinion piece of August 4, Ivan Fenech reacted to the donation of a number of educational resources by MGRM to schools. Most of these resources involved storybooks that are aimed at kindergarten and primary school children but they also included library books for adolescents and a teacher training DVD.

Fenech’s claim was that such storybooks were confusing to children and an assault on traditional models of the family. However, in no way did he substantiate his views.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

BBC News: HIV flushed out by cancer drug
31 July 2015, By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC News website

HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show.

The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves "HIV reservoirs" untouched.

The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was "highly potent" at reactivating hidden HIV.

Pink News: Comment: Why we shouldn’t judge African countries by their anti-gay laws
12th August 2015, 9:39 AM by Oliver Kasin

Oliver Kasin feared coming out in Malawi - but felt liberated when he did (Oliver Kasin)

Oliver Kasin writes for PinkNews about coming out in Malawi and the reaction he received from its people.

Malawi doesn’t do particularly well in the press in relation to its LGBT rights. In fact, it was only in April 2015 that another law called the “Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law” came into effect, a law that stigmatises the LGBT community by defining what marriage is and strengthening the notion that cohabiting relationships should be between a man and woman only.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Times: No child’s fairyland
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 00:01 by Ivan Fenech

Two of the books donated to government schools by the Malta Gay Rights Movement.

When things reach a point where you cannot send your children to school without fear that they may have their minds confused, you know that something has gone terribly wrong with this country’s education system.

Last week, as it has been saying it would do for months, the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) presented books to Education Minister Evarist Bartolo for distribution in government schools, including kindergartens.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Times: Male prostitution seen as a major cause in HIV increase
Sunday, July 26, 2015, 12:01

The number of HIV cases confirmed so far this year has already reached the annual average, with drug abuse, male prostitution and migration highlighted as major causes.

Figures compiled by the Health Ministry show that while an average of 30 HIV cases is diagnosed each year, 31 cases have already been confirmed since January.