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News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care
Anxiety

Anxiety is an important emotion as it keeps us physically safe. When a psychotic rabies-infected emu threatens to maul you, anxiety will prompt you to flee the danger. But that doesn’t happen often. Unhealthily high anxiety levels are generally not helpful. Words: Paul Martin is the Senior Psychologist at the Centre for Human Potential. Anxiety can severely …

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A new study out of the World Health Organization has determined those living with HIV have a significantly higher risk of dying of COVID-19. The WHO’s report is based on clinical data from 37 countries and almost 270,000 people. The researchers examined the risk of poor COVID-19 outcomes in people living with HIV (PLHIV) hospitalised …

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The US Food and Drugs Administration has issued a warning to consumers about poppers, citing an increase in hospitalisations and deaths from the popular sex aid. “The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use nitrite ‘poppers‘,” the FDA said in a recent statement. “They can result in serious adverse health effects, including death. …

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Have you had your COVID-19 jab yet? If you haven’t then you’ve probably got some questions, and rather than watching a dodgy internet news show about vaccination or waiting for another announcement by Scotty from Marketing, why not ask DocQ! Dr Rhys Young is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and has a special …

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Over 9,000 gay and bi men in New South Wales who took HIV prevention pill PrEP over three years had an HIV transmission rate 90% lower than otherwise expected, researchers say. PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission for HIV-negative people. A new research study from …

lube

No matter how you like to play, squirting some lube on during sex is always a great idea. Don’t get me wrong, when things are heating up our bodies are designed to make things a little moister. But this shouldn’t stop you from reaching into that top draw for that bottle of sweet sweet lube. …

recreational drug use

Clutch your pearls and hose off your powdered apricot crotchet short shorts. It is party season! For some in our communities, a central element of partying is recreational drug use. While this can add a sense of fun to the festivities, there are obvious risks including addiction. Being human and given the way our brains …

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Dr Rhys Young asks has COVID increased or decreased your libido? Do you feel hot, or not? How’s your sex drive? Doc Q has the answers. Dr Rhys Young is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and has a special interest in LGBTQ+ individual & family health. He believes in the importance of good …

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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 Kirby Institute’s Dr Mohamed A Hammoud and …

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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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PrEP is a prevention strategy where HIV negative people take medication to prevent HIV infection. Taking PrEP is as simple as taking one oral pill a day. ComePrEPd is a community-driven HIV prevention campaign by the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health to increase awareness of PrEP. To find out more, visit the ComePrEPd website here. …

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The New York City Health Department which offered refreshingly frank safe sex and COVID-19 advice about three months ago, this month updated the advice. Glory Holelujah! Among the advice, the NYC Health recommends glory holes, masturbation, both solo and with a partner at distance and face masks but definitely no orgies. NYC Health begins by …

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A new long-acting HIV prevention drug injected once every two months as an alternative to a daily pill for PrEP has seen success in a major trial. Currently, people who are at high risk of HIV can take a daily pill that’s 99% effective at stopping transmission. But drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced promising …

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Chinese researchers have found traces of COVID-19 in the semen of some severely infected men, including some who were recovering, in a small study. The researchers examined semen samples from 38 hospitalised COVID-19 patients at Shangqiu Municipal Hospital in China. Fifteen of the men were still in hospital and 23 had recovered. They found six …

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