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Syphilis

In the nineteenth century, hospitals used donkeys to breastfeed foundling babies born with syphilis. It’s true! They did it to protect wet nurses from catching the highly contagious disease. Syphilis, often thought of as an ancient disease, is on the rise again globally. There is currently an outbreak in the north of Australia mainly affecting …

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The National LGBTI Health Alliance has said more must be done to address suicide rates in the Australian LGBTI community. Speaking on World Suicide Prevention Day today, the Alliance’s executive director Nicky Bath said suicide was “a universal challenge” and is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally. The Australian Bureau of Statistics …

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ghb chemsex

A party drug is being used to rape and film comatose gay and bisexual men at “chemsex” parties, according to a shocking new documentary. The documentary by BuzzFeed and UK’s Channel 4 found shocking rates of sexual assault among users of the drug GHB. In some cases, footage of the rapes is then broadcast on …

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You’ve been cruising along with an undetectable HIV viral load for years. Suddenly – the horror – you go to your routine appointment and your doctor tells you there’s an actual detectable number for your virus. Maybe 30, 50 or 100, instead of the usual <20 result. It’s OK your doc says, it’s nothing to …

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Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) have been around for centuries. Unfortunately, for most of that time there were few, if any, effective treatments. DocQ, Dr Fiona Bisshop says the treatments for STIs were once “so unpleasant people remarked that if the disease didn’t kill you, the cure probably would!” Advances in modern medicine mean we can …

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Steroids And You

Are you someone who uses performance enhancing substances? Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying steroids from a trainer or an online shop? Many guys use non-prescription testosterone and other substances to build up their muscles and get more out of their training sessions, sometimes “stacking” multiple anabolic androgenic steroids in a cycle. The levels of …

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The curable bacterial infection syphilis can be life threatening if left untreated and new infections more than doubled in Queensland in the last five years. Gay, bisexual men and other men who have sex with men represented 59% of all new syphilis infections in Queensland in the ten years from 2008 until 2018. The biggest …

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diarrhoea shigella

Shigella rarely makes the news, but it is lately. You may also notice it mentioned in sexual health literature. It’s a bacterial infection that causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and fever. You can catch Shigella from contaminated food or water, or from infected people. Men who have sex with men, are at higher risk of …

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quac president peter black HIV transmission rates

QuAC President Peter Black spoke yesterday afternoon with Sarah Howells on ABC Radio’s ‘Afternoons with Katherine Feeney’ about declining rates of HIV transmission in Australia. New research from the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW released yesterday shows, in 2018, Australia recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2001. Rates declined substantially over …

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Australia recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses in 2018 since 2001. The Kirby Institute reports only 835 new cases. However, the figures leave no room for celebration with no decline in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Rates of infection in heterosexuals also remained static. The Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney released the …

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