HEALTH

News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care
asking for help suicide

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 …

trans guy

You see a really cute guy on Grindr and discover he’s a trans guy. Well, you’re only human – trans guys are hot, right?! But you have questions. You’ve never been with a trans guy before, and you wonder if there are things you need to know, and who do you ask? Here are some …

douching

There are a lot of questions that people are too embarrassed to ask, but I wish they would! Anything to do with bottoms can be awkward for people to talk about. However, as a sexual health doctor I do spend a large proportion of the day talking about and looking at people’s bums. This part …

domestic and family violence

Domestic and family violence occurs in LGBTIQ+ relationships at approximately the same rates as in heterosexual relationships. Additionally, people living with HIV may experience specific types of abuse if they are in an unhealthy relationship. However, while living with HIV can cause stress and other problems, it is not a cause of, nor an excuse …

breast cancer

The risk of breast cancer in women increases with age. More than 70% of breast cancer occurs in women aged over 50. However, did you know that lesbians are two to three times more likely to develop breast cancer than straight women?  This is because there are certain risk factors for breast cancer that are …

pap smear trans men

Most people have heard of a Pap smear. It’s a test to check for precancerous changes in the cells of the cervix, the part of the body at the top of the vagina. Anyone who has a cervix and who has ever had penetrative sex (including with sex toys or fingers) should visit their GP …

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 …

depressed young man anxiety mental health suicide lgbtiq lgbti

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 …

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 …

HIV viral load u=u fiona bisshop

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 …

tips for safe pleasurable sex life condoms stis hiv prevention

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 …

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 …

condoms syphilis treatment symptons sti hiv prep

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 …

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 …

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 …

hiv diagnoses kirby institute

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 …

poppers amyl

Research by Sydney’s University of Technology found “no correlation between popper use and mental health or psychological stress.” Researchers surveyed 800 gay and bisexual men between the ages 18 and 35 who use the inhalants. They asked the men about “dependency characteristics, including health, social, legal and financial problems.” The results of the research suggest …

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, …

STI & PREP

Any new story about PrEP seems to prompt social media warfare. PrEPers against anti-PrEPers. Because between politics, sport, religion and Married at First Sight, we just don’t have enough to argue about. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. All that argument is just noise. Individuals will make their own sexual health care decisions. What …

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 …

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 …

MENU

Back