Blued join forces with Gay Star News to uncover Chemsex, and other LGBTI news

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By Tris Reid-Smith

The LGBTI world is talking about falling HIV diagnoses in London, our global chemsex survey, and Vogue Italia’s new cover.

Good news from London this week, where the biggest sexual health clinic in the UK is seeing a fall in the number of people being diagnosed with HIV. Meanwhile, Gay Star News and Blued want to learn about your chemsex experiences. And Vogue Italia has gorgeous September covers of same-sex couples kissing.


Could we finally see an end to new HIV diagnoses?

The UK’s biggest sexual health clinic for gay and bi men has seen a fall in new HIV cases for the second year in a row.

56 Dean Street in Soho, London usually diagnoses one in every nine new HIV cases.

But so far this year, new diagnoses at 56 Dean Street are falling by more than 40%.

The experts there think this is down to intensive testing, swift access to anti-retroviral therapy and medication like PrEP.

Firstly, we should all thank the team at 56 Dean Street for their amazing work for our community and congratulate them on their success so far.

Perhaps their dream of reaching zero new cases is possible – providing we all pull together.

What do you think? Can we end new HIV diagnoses? And what do we all need to do to achieve that.


We want to know more about chemsex

Blued and Gay Star News are working together to conduct the first global survey into chemsex and our community.

Our initial research has suggested that the myths about who is doing chemsex, what they are doing and who with may be wrong.

We want to know how big chemsex really is? Has it been hyped up by the media? What are the real problems?

Our survey will take a snapshot of what’s happening and we will use the results to spark debate. We also hope to empower people who choose to use drugs for sex.

And you don’t have to be one kind of person. Straight people, pansexuals, bi, gay, lesbian. Whoever you are, your answers will help us get a better understanding of what’s going on.

We want you to do our short survey (it only takes a few minutes) to help. From the number of people who’ve already taken part in the first few hours, we reckon we’ll get some useful results. But the bigger the figures, the more people will take the survey – and the issue – seriously. So your contribution can really help us make an impact.

You can do the survey here.


Vogue tells Italy ‘It’s just a kiss’

We’re loving the September cover of Vogue Italia – and the message it is sending across Italy.
New editor-in-chief Emanuele Farnati has celebrated fashion’s biggest month with two covers, one same-sex male couple and one same-sex female couple.

Two women, Lily Alridge and Vittoria Ceretti lock lips on one cover. The male version of the cover shows real-life couple Edoardo Velicskov and Pablo Rousson. And there’s a third cover, featuring Maria Carla Boscono and Federico Spinas.

The simple caption translates as ‘It’s just a kiss.’

The Catholic Church has so far blocked same-sex marriage equality in Italy. And there is still a strong anti-gay tradition in the country. So to see this icon of Italy, and one of the most important fashion magazines in the world, take this stance is very welcome.

What do you think?

Let Blued and me know what you think. You can read more about all these stories, plus loads of new articles, photos and videos every day, on Gay Star News

Read more about Blued and Gay Star News survey here.

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