HEALTH

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I’ve been seeing lots of cases of syphilis in recent weeks. This nasty bug has been causing strife amongst gay men for quite a while. Plenty of famous people throughout the ages have suffered from it, including Oscar Wilde and Henry VIII. It’s transmitted through sex or even just very close physical contact, so it’s …

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People often talk about going to the doctor to get a ‘check-up’, and have a lot of different expectations about what this actually means. Many patients believe this means an examination and a series of tests that can give them a ‘clean bill of health’. This is actually a myth. There are so many things …

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For the past few years, the big news about HIV prevention has all centred around a new and sometimes controversial prevention method called Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, better known as PrEP. This method sees people who do not have HIV take a pill daily to reduce their risk of contracting HIV. The pill is called Truvada and …

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The stats regarding the mental and physical health issues in our gay and lesbian communities are horrific. This includes being twice as likely to have a very high level of psychological distress, almost 3 times as likely to have had suicidal thoughts. This is, of course, a result of the damage that so many have …

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As a trans* man, it can be very confronting to talk about things like Pap smears.  For some guys, any discussion of what they have “downstairs” can bring up a resurgence of dysphoria regarding their genitals.  And as for letting anyone see their junk, that’s a big ask. This is why it’s so important to …

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For years I have had a “love-hate” relationship with my vulva, it has a large mound, large voluptuous lips and can vary from being very bald to el natural depending on my energy level. The “hate” side of this relationship could be the reaction from some sexual partners… lesbians seem scared of it. My vulva …

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There has been a recent spike in Shigella infections in Brisbane recently with men who have sex with men (MSM). Shigella is a bacterial infection that is easily spread by poo particles entering the mouth. Should I be worried? While Shigella is not considered a Sexually Transmitted Infection, it is easily passed between MSM and …

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You may have heard of a drug called NBOMe, also known as 25I or Cimbi-5.  You may even have been offered it at a club or gig with promises of a wildly fun hallucinogenic trip, like a cheaper version of LSD.  It’s sold as either a liquid which you put in your nose or mouth, …

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