Trans Women

I recently received some questions about the risk of breast cancer for transgender women on HRT, so I thought I would try to present the current most up-to-date knowledge in this area. We simply don’t have enough population data to be able to give an accurate risk, but we can look at cohort data. The …

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Brisbane LGBTIQ specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop

Silly season is in full swing again, and it’s all office parties, Christmas parties, NYE parties and big club events. Whilst it’s wonderful to be able to let your hair down and enjoy your hard-earned fun, it’s important not to let your health take a back seat. Sometimes at such events you might end up …

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Gay conversion fiona bisshop

“Gay conversion” therapy is in the news again, with concerns that the practice is again on the rise. In the past, this kind of reparative “therapy” was offered as a cure for homosexuality, but the practice fell out of favour after being condemned by the UN, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Psychological Association. …

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domestic violence

Healthy relationships work best when they are built on love and mutual respect, but sometimes people can find themselves stuck in a relationship that is more about abuse and control… this is domestic violence. It can happen to anyone – including LGBTIQ people, and it doesn’t have to be your partner, it could be a …

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WPATH transgender conference

Hola amigos! I’m back from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I attended the 25th meeting of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), an organization formed back in 1979. WPATH is most famous for their Standards of Care, a set of guidelines for the medical management of trans and gender diverse people. These guidelines have …

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Once known as “manic depression”, bipolar disorder is actually quite common. If you are bipolar, you may experience depression alternating with periods of mania or hypomania. During periods of mania, you may feel elevated or high, be quite creative, spend a lot of money, and have trouble sleeping. Sometimes this can lead to bouts of …

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My Health Record

Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out before November 15. Last month, Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop put a series of questions to the Australian Digital Health Agency regarding issues that have arisen around the …

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My Health Record

Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out before November 15. Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop has put a series of questions about privacy, consent and security to My Health Record and you can read …

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Askdocq

What vitamins and supplements should you be taking? The short version of this article would be one word – nothing! All the ingredients you need for a healthy body are found in a well-balanced diet. But everyone’s taking something – surely there must be something to all these pills, powders and potions? And some of …

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HRT

This week, I’m answering questions from QNews Magazine readers about gonorrhoea, breast cancer in trans women and butt implants. I was recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea, but I never have sex without condoms. How could this happen? Well you are not the first to ask this! Gonorrhoea is a very common bacterial infection, and it can …

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