This is good to see, especially today, which is World AIDS Day. It's been almost 30 years since December 1 was designated World AIDS Day, and for so many it's been a long hard battle. For many the battle continues, but some things have changed.
Europe’s biggest sexual health clinic reported an 80% drop in the number of new HIV diagnoses since a peak in June 2015.
London’s 56 Dean street shows a drastic drop in recorded transmission rates. The Soho clinic sees 12,000 sexual health attendances each month and accounts for one in two HIV diagnoses of gay men in London.
That's pretty significant. You can check that out here.
New York City HIV Cases Hit Record Low
Here's even more encouraging news, right here in the US.
New HIV cases in New York City reached a ‘statistically significant low’ in 2016.
The news comes from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s HIV Surveillance Annual Report.
You can read this, here. I was very young, but I can still remember a time when no one ever thought this would happen.
Portland Gay Bar The Embers Shutters For Good
Here's another gay bar that was once a huge gathering place, shutting down for good.
Portland’s gay club Embers Avenue is going to close after 48 years tonight (30 November).
But it isn’t rising rents or growing disinterest in LGBTI nightlife that is being blamed.
The club have announced it because of a far more tragic reason: the main owner has had a stroke.
You can check that out here. There was a huge gathering and a lot of people showed up to pay tribute to Embers. A lot of gay people felt protected in places like this, and I understand that completely. I remember the first time I went into a gay bar and I realized I really was safe there. I remember it well. It's an interesting feeling when you grow up not feeling safe anywhere.
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