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Highly contagious sexually transmitted ringworm reported in US

Clinicians have reported the first case of a sexually transmitted form of ringworm in the US. Experts warn the fungus is highly contagious. Increasing cases of the ringworm TMVII have been seen in Europe, but this is the first in the US, and there are no known cases in Australia. Dr Avrom Caplan, an assistant …

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Anal fissures: A real pain in the butt

Dr Rhys Young gives the low down on anal fissures: what causes them, how they can be treated and if you can still have sex.  Sitting down for a number two should be a relaxing experience where one can catch up on some TikToks (or Instagram reels if you’re over 30). Anal fissures can turn …

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LGBTQ+ at higher risk of cancer – what to do

The 2024 Cancer Facts and Figures Report of the American Cancer Society includes a section dedicated to documenting cancer data related to the LGBTQ+ community. The report says LGBTQ+ people are at higher risk of cancer because of ‘minority stress’. Minority stress refers to “the conflict that arises between the values of a historically minoritized …

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Doc Q: Rethinking your weight loss goals

WORDS Dr Rhys Young Already this year, I’ve seen a wave of folks eager to shed some kilos through weight loss. It’s that post-New Year’s buzz – you know, the one that makes you think that this is the year you’ll finally start flossing daily. But just like every other year, February is where most …

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AMA calls for ‘urgent’ improvements to gender-affirming care

Australia’s peak medical body has called for urgent improvements to gender-affirming care access and to protect the doctors who provide it. The Australia Medical Association published its 2023 position statement last week. The statement addresses a wide range of LGBTQIA+ health areas. The AMA calls on the federal government to “urgently enhance access” to gender-affirming …

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Take a Chill Swill at City Cave Darlinghurst and Balmain

Taking Australia by storm, City Cave’s popular suite of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments puts the “ahhhhh” in R&R. Providing Float Therapy, Infrared Sauna and Massage, City Cave is perfect for those looking to switch off and soak up the goodness. The Float GOAT “We will work very closely with our guests to work out what …

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Regret rate for gender-affirming surgery less than 1%.

While bigots continue to bang on about ‘trans regret’, the facts continue to reveal that very few people regret undergoing gender-affirming surgery.   < 1% experience trans regret In an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, three researchers from John Hopkins University state that — after examining all available evidence — they find …

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I found out I’m neurodivergent – how do I feel about this?

Resident clinical psychotherapist, Andrew Macdonald explores the reactions of people diagnosed as being neurodivergent.  First up, what are we talking about when it comes to being neurodivergent?  Depending on which side of the science fence you sit on, it can be explained as having an atypical way of thinking and processing information.  Hang on, I …

Ok Drunk Santa – What damage are the Xmas/NY drinks doing?

It’s that time of year again. Alcohol flows like water and there’s a lot of temptation to be a very naughty and drunk Santa. It’s all too easy to make bad choices when there’s free/cheap booze on offer. But hey! It is fine to let your hair down and enjoy a drink. However, remember that …

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Calls to get tested this summer as STI rates rise

A new report from the Kirby Institute has shown Australian diagnoses of gonorrhoea have doubled and diagnoses of syphilis have tripled over the past 10 years, leading experts to call for more STI testing this summer. The Kirby Institute at UNSW in Sydney put out the annual report this week, lead by epidemiologist Dr Skye …

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For 10 years, QLife has helped thousands of LGBTIQ+ Aussies

Australia’s national LGBTIQ+ helpline QLife has celebrated its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of delivering peer support to thousands of community members. Every day from 3pm to midnight, volunteer peer supporters take calls on QLife’s free and anonymous national number – 1800 184 527 – and online. Between July 2022 and June 2023 alone, QLife’s …

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NSW signs pledge to end HIV epidemic by 2030

NSW has signed on to a global pledge to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, following other Aussie states as well as hundreds of cities worldwide vowing to eliminate HIV transmission. Friday, December 1, is World AIDS Day, honouring those affected by HIV. NSW Health Minister Ryan Park has today signed the global Paris Declaration …

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The HIV myths that need to take a hike

Stigma can overshadow the truth when it comes to HIV. Dr Rhys Young breaks down some common myths.  How much do you know about HIV? Do you limit your sexual partners based on their HIV status? Are you confident in your HIV & STI prevention?  Unfortunately, stigma can often overshadow the truth, and HIV still …

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New hope for gender-affirming surgery coverage on Medicare

The Health Department will next month consider an application to subsidise gender-affirming surgeries under Medicare in a major push to cut costs and improve access for transgender Australians. In 2021, over 148,000 people signed a petition calling for public funding of gender-affirming surgery. The petition explained for some people, the procedures are essential for their …

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Creating the new gay men’s health service: Hey Fella

QNews chats with Dr Cris Quitral and his partner Luke Fuller who have created Hey Fella, a revolutionary new online gay men’s health service. Dr Cris Quitral, who is originally from Canada but moved to Queensland to study in 2011, was six years into his medical career in chaotic but rewarding emergency departments when he …

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Switzerland ends gay blood donation ban

Gay and bisexual men will now be able to donate blood under the same rules as heterosexuals in Switzerland after new donation criteria came into effect on November 1. Under the new Swiss blood donation regulations, a four month waiting period will apply to all people after their last sexual encounter with a new parnter, …

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New Australian guidelines back Doxy-PEP to stop syphilis

The Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) has released new guidelines for the use of the antibiotic drug Doxycycline as a “morning after” pill to prevent bacterial sexual infections in men who have sex with men. “Doxy-PEP” involves taking 200mg of Doxycycline up to 72 hours after a sexual act …

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R U OK? Mental Health Resources for LGBTQIA+ Australians

R U OK? Day is a national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to  ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life. Although most lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) Australians …

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DocQ: Doctor’s guide to edging

Dr Rhys Young is back with a toe-curling guide to the wonderful world of edging.  Have you ever been listening to a remix of a song where the DJ keeps building to the chorus, but then they take it back and start building again? It’s fun; you were expecting the beat drop so you could …

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Blocked: The battle over youth gender care

Patricia Karvelas breaks open the feud over transgender youth healthcare on FOUR CORNERS. Blocked: The battle over youth gender care. ABC Monday 10 July 2023 at 8:30 pm. The battle over youth gender care Monday night, ABC’s FOUR CORNERS takes on the latest culture war. RN Breakfast presenter Patricia Karvelas examines the battle over youth …

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New study looks into how prostate cancer affects bottoms

A professor in the U.S. is calling on all bottoms who have undergone a prostatectomy to take part in a new study. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in the gay and bisexual male community. One in seven gay men will receive a diagnosis in their lifetimes. Though many men can live with it …

LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day

DocQ: How to talk to your GP about domestic violence

May 28th is LGBTQ+ Domestic Violence Awareness Day, a day to bring attention to the issue of domestic violence in queer relationships. DocQ is back to chat to us about healthy relationships and how to chat to your GP when you’re feeling unsafe. As a GP, it’s important for me to remind my patients that …

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