HEALTH

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risk of stis sexually attractive

“Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but many engage in condomless sex. One factor contributing to condomless sex may be an assumption of low risk of STIs from physically attractive partners.” On average, MSM tend to believe physically attractive men are less likely to carry STIs, …

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Drummond Street servcies mental health services queerspace

More than half of the LGBTIQ community access mental health services according to new research by Melbourne’s Drummond Street Services. Markedly, cis women and trans people show up as most likely to access help. The Queerspace Survey Results 2019 show some concerning findings and a need for more research into different cohorts of the LGBTIQ …

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Amnesty International transgender people China

A report from Amnesty International states that transgender people in China rely on self-medication for hormone treatment. In some cases, they even attempt dangerous self-surgery. Discrimination and laws classing transgender people as having a mental illness drive them to desperate measures. “China is failing transgender people,” said Amnesty International China researcher, Doriane Lau. “The authorities …

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vaccination vaccine injection shot measles flu

There’s currently a spate of infectious disease outbreaks around the world, including a measles outbreak. So now is the perfect time for a reminder about the benefits of vaccination, writes Dr Fiona Bisshop. Measles is making the headlines after a series of outbreaks across the world, including a string of cases in Brisbane. Most local …

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sexual health stis

“You can stand under my umbrella.” In Umbrella, Rihanna sings about love as in ‘lurve’ — mad romantic passion. But let’s talk about love as in mad sexual passion — making love. It’s time we talk about sex and taking shelter from STIs. Like most great passions in life, sex comes with risks. Those risks …

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Bisexual pride flag

The world’s largest study of bisexual people to date, led by La Trobe University in Melbourne, has examined why bisexual Australians experience higher rates of psychological distress than their heterosexual and homosexual peers. The Who I Am study, findings of which were recently published in the Australian Journal of General Practice, surveyed more than 2,600 …

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drugs and drug use concept stock photo

The QuIHN Group – comprising QuIHN, Better Access Medical Clinic and QuIVAA – is undertaking a survey seeking ideas on how to expand and revitalise their many links with the local rainbow community. “If you use substances — in any way — regularly, or occasionally, or if you’re a family member or ally and believe …

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transgender chest binder

Chest dysphoria is one of the most significant contributors to depression in transgender men. Most trans masculine people would prefer flat chests, not surprising in a world where people’s brains automatically gender someone based on physical outline. Many trans guys have such strong dysphoria regarding their chests that they cannot stand to look in the …

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U equals U U=U hiv prevention

A person with HIV who is on treatment and is undetectable cannot transmit HIV to their sexual partner. There is no risk. Zero. Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop explains why. I need to have a rant about U=U and HIV.  I’ve written about this before, and sorry for repeating myself, but every time I think …

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hiv self tests

Australia’s first HIV self-testing device to receive TGA approval goes on sale today. The Atomo Self Test is a finger-prick blood test that allows people to test themselves for HIV at home, providing them with a result in as little as fifteen minutes after performing the test. The testing kits go on sale today through …

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HIV AIDS red ribbon

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has said the federal government’s allocation of $45 million in Tuesday’s budget to prevent, diagnose and treat sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses will greatly aid efforts to fight HIV. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) said the funding over four years will foster nationally consistent HIV prevention …

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prep hiv prevention

Australian Steve Spencer has become the seventh person worldwide known to have contracted HIV while taking prevention drug PrEP, out of an estimated 450,000 users around the globe. The medication has proved to be a highly effective HIV prevention strategy and has dramatically reduced rates of infection, writes Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop. …

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sydney man steve spencer

A Sydney man has become the second gay Australian to contract HIV while taking prevention medication PrEP. Steve Spencer returned a positive diagnosis in December during one of his regular sexual health tests, a requirement for people taking the pre-exposure prophylaxis pills. “It was a surprise and a shock,” the 27-year-old told ABC News. “I …

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The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney

Young LGBTIQ women in New South Wales are reporting experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress, according to new research from the periodic Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) released this week. The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney, collected data from nearly 1300 participants in 2018, ranging …

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You might have heard about the story that broke last week — a second person “cured” of HIV. Nicknamed the “London patient,” he underwent a cancer treatment which prevented the virus from re-infecting his donor cells, thus effectively clearing his immune system of all trace of HIV. Newspaper front pages loudly proclaimed that he is …

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mardi gras survival guide

It’s Mardi Gras season, when the eastern seaboard of Australia is inundated with rainbow-festooned tourists, and there’s a mad rush for tickets to the parties and after-parties and pool parties and recovery parties. If you’ve spent the last few months working on your abs and butt to show off those new shorty shorts you’ve bought, …

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queensland health safe sex

No one wants an STI (sexually transmitted infection), nevertheless STI rates have increased in Queensland, particularly in men who have sex with men. It’s time to say no and Stop the Rise of STIs like chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. PrEP is great. One daily pill decreases the risk of contracting HIV and its introduction has …

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healthy relationship

It’s easy to know you’re in a healthy relationship. You feel happy, safe, supported and respected. Your partner does not tell you what you can do or who you can see. They do not monitor your behaviour to ensure compliance. Domestic and family violence is not about conflict. It is about power and control. In …

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Poppers amyl nitrite therapeutic goods administration tga

Recently there has been talk of changing the laws on poppers, rescheduling them as a serious illicit drug and criminalizing their possession. But banning them would criminalise the normal sexual practice of many thousands of gay men. Thankfully, a public outcry has prompted a reconsideration. So, what’s all the fuss about? Poppers are a group …

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My Health Record stock photo supplied by federal government

Australians have been reminded they have until Thursday (January 31) to opt out of the government’s My Health Record scheme after the deadline was extended over concerns about privacy and security. Medical records will be stored on a national database under the federal government scheme, to be viewed by patients, GPs, specialists, pharmacists and hospital …

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HIV antibody

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that the medical records of over 14,000 HIV-positive people from all over the world have been leaked. The sensitive information was leaked by an authorized person authorities have identified as Mikhy K. Farrera Brochez, an American who was deported from Singapore last year. Information included in the leaked …

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HIV transmission

By Nicholas Medland, UNSW Australia aims to “virtually eliminate” HIV transmission by 2022, according to the health minister’s new national HIV strategy. This ambitious goal has been made possible by biomedical HIV prevention, a new and highly effective way of preventing HIV using medications. But new inequalities are emerging between those who can and can’t …

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