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I recently attended a meeting with NAT (National AIDS Trust). Among those present was a nurse from 56 Dean Street, the sexual health clinic in Soho. Besides offering health checks at their premises, many clinic staff undertake outreach work in gay venues, offering HIV testing and advice on sexual health, among other services. Whilst doing such work at a bar in Soho, the nurse said that a young man approached him and said, “So what is this HIV thing that you’re testing for?” Shocking, huh? Then again, it can be so easy to take it for granted that everyone knows everything there is to know about HIV and AIDS. If you’ve been frequenting the gay scene for a few years, and reading the gay press, then you will, hopefully, be clued up about HIV and how the virus is passed on. It can be easy to forget that sexual health education in schools rarely discusses gay sex, and that many young men stumble on to the gay scene with little awareness about gay sex or HIV. Anyway, for that young man, and for anyone else like him, we’re running a feature this month on the most basic information that all gay men should know about HIV and AIDS. Whether you think you know the essentials or not, you can check out the facts on pages 62-64. Elsewhere in the magazine this month, we have a great interview with the one and only Madonna, who also graces our front cover. Larry Flick sat down with the queen of pop to find out all about the recording of her latest album, MDNA – which has remained resolutely stuck on the Out In The City stereo since its release last month. Last, but by no means least, we’ve got a great competition prize for you this month. Courtesy of Iceland Express, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win two tickets to this year’s Bears On Ice festival in Iceland in September – which will include return flights, accommodation and admission to all the festival’s associated events. Check out the details on page 56 – you’ve got until Friday 1 June to email us with an answer to the competition question. Enjoy the issue and keep sending us your feedback.


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06 MY LONDON Diarist Clayton Littlewood gives us his capital highlights

10 MADONNA The queen of pop talks to Larry Flick about the recording of new album, MDNA, and its inspiration…

14 COLUMNIST Gary Nunn is

turning 30... but he already feels old compared to some of the young men he meets!

17 DIARY May’s cultural highlights and arts listings, including the return of

Scissors Sisters and Gossip

30 20 MUSIC

New albums from Paloma Faith, St Etienne and The Cult reviewed

22 FILM The Raid and Angel and Tony reviewed, plus an interview with director JC Calciano about his new fi lm eCupid


Dstrkt in Piccadilly reviewed

28 OUT THERE Scene highlights for May, plus coverage of Zone at Ku Bar and Mouthing Off at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern


38 STONEWALL EQUALITY WALK Final details about

18 LOVEBOX Details about this year’s Lovebox festival line-up in Victoria Park

this year’s upcoming Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk

40 OUTNEWS Gay news from home and abroad - and the London Mayoral Hustings

40 CAREERS Man on Top – PR supremo Nick Ede

44 PARENTING British Surrogacy Centre and London Sperm Bank

50 PROPERTY Up’n’coming areas of London, plus items for the home

56 TRAVEL Win a trip to the Bears On Ice festival in Iceland


Agony uncle, HIV for beginners, and Body Talk


Hudson’s Letter

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