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The DocQ COVID-19 update. Fr Fiona Bisshop with the latest on the pandemic and the best precautions we can all take to protect ourselves and our communities. Images: Australian Government Did you know that the Great Plague of the early 1600s in England wiped out one-quarter of the population of London?  That was 100,000 people …

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NYC Health this week posted unusually straight forward and graphic safe sex advice for New Yorkers concerning COVID-19. The advice included, “You are your safest sex partner.” Dr Wendell Rosevear of Brisbane’s Stonewall Medical Centre described the recommendations as ‘sensible and no-nonsense’. Wendell said that in Brisbane all the LGBT clinics continue to see patients …

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Health organisation ACON have encouraged the LGBTIQ community to take social distancing seriously during the coronavirus pandemic. This means reducing physical contact and no casual sex encounters, in a bid to stop COVID-19’s spread. “We know our communities are responsible when it comes to looking after their health and the health of their partners,” the …

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LGBTIQ health organisations have shared advice for people living with HIV to take precautions during the coronavirus pandemic. Thorne Harbour Health, with Living Positive Victoria and Positive Women Victoria, advises people living with HIV (PLHIV) on treatment with an undetectable viral load  – and no other significant health condition – are at no greater risk …

As the COVID-19 pandemic changes our lives in multiple ways, keep up to date with the latest information to protect your health and wellbeing. The World Health Organisation recommends the following basic protective measures against coronavirus. Scroll down for vid of recommended protective measures against coronavirus Most people who become infected with COVID-19 experience mild …

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There’s a new virus causing widespread fear around the world.  Coronavirus causes an illness known as COVID-19. DocQ explains the danger from the potential pandemic and what you should do.  Coronavirus vs SARS and MERS Coronaviruses are a group of viruses, so-called because the viral particle looks like it has a crown or halo.  SARS …

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During an Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) talkfest at Queensland Parliament House last week, a so-called ‘expert panel’ spent most of their time claiming a ‘gay conversion therapy’ ban would create trans kids. Dr. Fiona Bisshop, with on the job experience of hundreds of trans patients, looks at their claims. It’s hard to know where to …

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It was Steve, of course, who noticed first. In early 2017, the TGA had quietly hatched a plan to ban poppers. Next minute, Steve Spencer was shirtless in the newspapers, showing off his poppers tatt and calling the proposal “a war on bottoms”. And yet, on Saturday (February 1), it became legal to sell amyl …

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It’s been a tough start to the year. Bushfires, upsetting stories about the suffering of our native animals and incessant heat. Then, in the last few days, an attack on a drag storytime event and a very public death by suicide of a troubled young man. We need to remember in difficult times, that asking …

DocQ retrospective

After over ten years of the DocQ column, Dr Fiona Bisshop looks back over a decade of healthcare advances in her DocQ retrospective. I realised when I began to write this, on the cusp of a new decade, that the column is now over ten years old. A lot happened in that time, especially in …

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