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Well, folks, the day has finally arrived. The SARS-COV2 COVID19 vaccination rollout has begun. So, when your turn comes, get your vacc on. You might know that Australia’s COVID19 vaccination plan includes two different vaccines. The mRNA Pfizer vaccine arrived first and was offered to very high-risk groups including frontline workers. (Who knew that also …

gender diversity

Shame can often prove a roadblock to coming out as gender diverse (or LGBPA+). Fortunately, with a deeper understanding of it and strategies, shame about gender diversity is something that can be overcome! Paul Martin is Senior Psychologist at the Centre for Human Potential (CFHP). Shame is one of the most powerful emotions we have …

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All Australians living with HIV are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine from next week, but GPs have urged patience after an influx of bookings. Phase 1b of Australia’s vaccine rollout starts next Monday (March 22), with around 6 million more Australians eligible. Among them are all people living with HIV. NAPWHA, the National Association of …

be prepared

Dr Fiona Bisshop writes that despite the disruption to the PrEP supply in Australia, users should not panic. Instead, she says, be PrEPared! PrEP is a once-daily pill for pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV. The combination of tenofovir and emtricitabine provides a reliable way to avoid contracting HIV. We generally tend to call it PrEP to …

relationship checkup

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate love. But Paul Martin says it’s also an excellent opportunity to perform a relationship checkup. Paul Martin is the Senior Psychologist at the Centre for Human Potential. Being in love and in a relationship (or multiple relationships if you are polygamous), is one of life’s great joys. It can provide …

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“Nature loves diversity. Unfortunately, society hates it.” This quote from the grandfather of gender diversity Micky Diamond summarises so much about the unnecessary damage done to many in our LGBTIQ+ communities. Gender and sexual diversity is in our species DNA. However, sadly, our brains also hard-wired wariness of others who seem different to ourselves. Consequently, …

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Brisbane’s Stonewall Medical Centre is offering patients in remote areas expert sexual health advice over video consultation with their specialists via their new Tele-Sexual Health service. Do you live in an area away from the big cities? Are you transgender or gender diverse and looking for medical care but wondering where to go? Is your …

syphilis this christmas regular sexual health checks

DocQ writes about an ancient foe — the sneaky spiral bacterium that continues to infect humans after a history stretching back thousands of years. No one wants the gift of syphilis this Christmas so Dr Fiona Bisshop says – have regular sexual health checks. Early diagnosis means quick and effective treatment. Long-time readers of the …

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Almost half of the gay and bisexual Australian men using PrEP have stopped using it during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Kirby Institute. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people. The study, led by the Institute’s Dr Mohamed A Hammoud and Associate …

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Contrary to expectation, a study of PrEP users found that during the course of treatment, participants became less sexually compulsive and used less drugs (excluding alcohol). Researchers undertook the AmPrEP study with clients of one of Amsterdam’s largest STI clinics. NAM Aidsmap reports that the study also showed a significant decrease in some indicators of …

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