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News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care

Ask the experts: reciprocal IVF with Dr Ee Min Kho

Dr Ee Min Kho from Queensland Fertility Group is back to chat all about reciprocal IVF and egg sharing. If you’re ready to grow your family, there’s an array of wonderfully diverse ways it can happen. For same-sex couples who both produce eggs and have a uterus, there is an option called reciprocal IVF, or …

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Let’s Treat Syphilis: Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary People

STIs don’t discriminate. Syphilis can affect everyone. Anyone who is sexually active can contract syphilis, including members of the Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary (TGDNB) communities. Let’s Treat Syphilis is a collaboration of Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) and Queensland Positive People (QPP). Spread through oral, anal, and genital contact, syphilis sometimes displays no …

Body positivity at a low ahead of WorldPride 2023

As the LGBTQIA+ community gear up for Sydney WorldPride 2023, pressures to conform to societal beauty standards are at an all-time high – leaving body positivity on the decline. New research from the Butterfly Foundation reveals the affect that the “Mardi Gras shred” phenomena is having on community. Harmful effects The study indicates that: More …

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Ask the Experts: Fertility facts with Queensland Fertility Group

Are you ready to take the next big step to grow your family? Dr Melissa Luckensmeyer is here to dispell common fertility myths while Dr Ee Min Kho provides all the info on reciproval IVF. Fertility myths with Dr Melissa If you’re thinking about starting your family and require donor sperm to do so, there …

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Aussie advocates welcome US move on gay blood ban

The Aussie Let Us Give campaign today welcomed a proposal from US blood authorities to remove that country’s gay blood ban and adopt individual risk assessment. The group called on Australia’s Red Cross Blood Service to move quickly to adopt the same policy. Previously, the Red Cross said it will take two years to review …

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Seeing a psychologist could change your life – here’s why

Seeing a psychologist could be one of the most life-changing things you ever do for yourself. But it’s hard to know if it’s right for you if you aren’t sure how it works. So, grab a coffee and slip into your most comfortable lemon-scented canary yellow rubber G-string worn backwards. Now, let’s do a bit …

‘Let’s Treat Syphilis’: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources

The syphilis outbreak has been progressively creeping through our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, resulting in communities being disproportionately affected by this infection. These high rates of infection occur for multiple reasons. One significant factor is the limited access to healthcare that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities experience. Many Aboriginal and Torres …

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Resilience: bouncing back from adversity

Resilience is the ability to function well in the face of adversity and bounce back. Similar to a drag queen losing a lip-sync-for-your-life but still laughing as she rips her tucking tape off. Resilience is an important life skill and Paul Martin has strategies to help you build yours. The resilience mythbuster Let’s dismiss the …

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Martina Navratilova diagnosed with throat and breast cancer

Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with stage one throat and breast cancer. The retired Czech-American tennis great previously underwent treatment for breast cancer in 2010. Martina Navratilova wrote in a statement to the Women’s Tennis Association that she will begin treatment this month. “This double whammy is serious but still fixable. “I’m hoping for a …

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New Year’s Resolutions with Paul Martin

How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution such as losing weight, reading more, or doing interpretive dances to “Born This Way” in the work lunch room each day, only for it to only last a month or so before you give up yet again? You are not alone, this it the experience …

DocQ: Top surgery with Dr Rhys Young

As we approach the top of 2023, let’s talk about top surgery. It’s summertime, the sun’s out, and the beach is calling your name. For many transmasc or non-binary folk, this can be a big trigger for chest dysphoria. While some people use tapes or binders to help manage their dysphoria, some people will choose …

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Shame, stigma and the slutty little pill: the PrEP experience

The PrEP experience often proves a double-edged sword for users: an effective preventative medicine but one that carries a stigma. So, let’s talk about sex, PrEP and slut-shaming. Times change, medical knowledge increases, and how we deal with HIV evolves. Our community regularly confronts the need to reflect on the changing circumstances and the cultural …

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Ask the Experts: Ageing and rejuvenation with Ascot Dermatology

Dr Laura Wheller is here to explain the process of rejuvenation and how it can help you age gracefully. How does skin ageing occur? With age, our skin structure naturally changes. The biggest contributor to skin ageing is sun exposure. Other factors (eg. smoking, genetics, nutrition and general health) can also influence skin ageing. The …

Let’s Treat Syphilis: Queensland campaign announces re-launch

Queensland Council for LGBTI Health has collaborated with Queensland Positive People to launch the second phase of their Queensland campaign, Let’s Treat Syphilis. To commemorate it, QC is here to break down the basics of syphilis for us: How is the infection contracted, what are the different stages of infection, and how is it treated? How …

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40,000 more monkeypox vaccine doses arrive in Australia

More than 40,000 more vials of monkeypox vaccine have arrived in Australia, as LGBTIQ+ health advocates urge those at high risk to get vaccinated in the lead-up to summer. Since May, Australia has reported more than 140 cases of monkeypox, including 69 in Victoria, 55 in New South Wales, seven in Western Australia and five …

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Wins for LGBTIQ health and HIV prevention in federal budget

Australia’s peak LGBTIQ+ health bodies have welcomed funding in the federal budget for LGBTIQ+ health services and renewing the fight against HIV transmission in Australia. Federal treasurer Jim Chalmers handed down the Albanese Government’s first budget in Canberra on Tuesday night. In it, the federal government has allocated $1.3m over two years to national consultations …

Ask the Expert: Get past your limiting beliefs with Will Andrews

Hello, I’m Will! I’m a life and mindset coach, working predominantly with gay men. Through coaching, I want to inspire you to live a better life; to uncover what is important, what is going to bring meaning to your life and challenge you. Limiting beliefs Limiting beliefs can be something we’ve heard, or something we’ve …

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Sorry terfs – most trans youth continue treatment as adults

A new study shows that most trans youth who begin gender-affirming treatment as teens, continue those treatments in adulthood. Terfs love to bang on about caring for trans youth. Despite their hateful rhetoric, they claim they just want to protect kids from making choices they’ll later regret. Who woulda thought that in 2022, we’d still …

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Wired for survival: why relationship attachment styles matter

Since John Bowlby introduced it in the 1950s, Attachment Theory has arguably become the most utilised tool in the Relationship Counsellor’s toolkit. Understanding your own ‘attachment style’ is a vital step towards building healthy, happy relationships. From the moment we are born, we are hardwired for a relationship. We attach to our primary caregiver and …

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Are you and your partner struggling with resentment? Address it now

Would you rather do a liturgical dance in a burnt apricot taffeta evening gown with puff sleeves in front of your homophobic Uncle after he’s had 17 stubbies on Xmas day than have sex with your partner? Are you distancing yourself from people you used to be close to? If so, you may have an …

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Queer podcasters want to give you the sex ed lessons you wish you had

Listen to the story behind the podcast [sonaar_audioplayer playlist_type=”predefined” albums=”102167″ artwork=”https://qnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Sex-Ed-2.0.png” artwork_id=”102180″ player_layout=”skin_boxed_tracklist” hide_progressbar=”default” display_control_artwork=”false” hide_artwork=”false” show_playlist=”false” show_track_market=”false” show_album_market=”false” hide_timeline=”false”][/sonaar_audioplayer]   ANDREW: Sex ed was never sexy. My Dad gave me ‘the talk’ about sexual health at 13 and left me with a book to fill in the gaps. It had hand-drawn illustrations and closed …

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The ‘holy trinity’ of relationship myths, and how to avoid them

Three powerful relationship myths, left unexamined, will invariably sabotage our intimate relationships, writes relationship counsellor and life coach Chris Pye. But the good news is that all three relationship myths are entirely avoidable. Myth #1: If our partner loves us enough, they will read our thoughts and emotional needs. It can be quite the shock …

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