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News and resources relating to LGBTIQ health and medical care

I recently got acquainted with a young Asian man in his 20s. He had struggled with social anxiety since his teens. He feared people and their harsh judgments and found himself avoiding social interactions at all costs. In the last few years, he had worked hard to overcome his social anxiety and had made great …

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What’s all the fuss about this new STI Mycoplasma? Should I be worried? Mycoplasma genitalium has only recently come to light as an emerging STI. It causes infection in the rectum and both the male and female genital tracts. It is not known what the long-term consequences are (if any) of untreated infection. Symptoms are …

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The Queensland AIDS Council has urged at-risk Queenslanders not to wait for cheaper PrEP through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, and to sign up for free medication through places still available on the state’s QPrEPd trial. PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been …

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The cost of HIV prevention pill PrEP will drastically reduce after it finally received approval for addition to the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on Friday. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, in conjunction with other safe …

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New Zealand has become one of only a few countries in the world to publicly fund PrEP and the price per month for eligible men will likely be incredibly cheap. PrEP, which stand for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill that has been found to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people, …

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If you are someone who takes regular testosterone then you may be aware of some recent changes to the availability of Primoteston, the short-acting injectable form of testosterone, which has been removed from the PBS. It will still be available on a private script, and the cost is about the same. The big hit will …

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Welcome to Ask DocQ. The Doc has returned for 2018. However, in addition to her regular health updates, Dr Fiona Bisshop is just as interested to find out what’s on your mind. Have you made a health resolution that you’re struggling to keep? Or maybe it’s time to ask about that burning sensation you’ve had …

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Queensland Suicide Rates

Community events have been held throughout Queensland to mark World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for the day (officially Sunday, September 10) was “Take a Minute, Change a Life”, aimed at emphasising the importance of having a supportive conversation with someone if you are concerned about their well-being. The increasing suicide rate is alarming, with …

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trans youth suicide

A landmark Australian study has found transgender young people are at high risk for suicide and are approximately 10 times more likely than other young Australians to experience serious depression and anxiety. Trans Pathways, by the Telethon Kids Institute, is the largest ever survey conducted into the mental health of Australian trans youth and the …

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Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners.

Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

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HIV Treatment

Queensland Positive People (QPP) and HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) have announced the continuation of the Queensland HIV Emergency Treatment Fund. The fund was established to provide emergency funding for HIV-related treatment and services to people living with HIV in Queensland, who are experiencing financial hardship and have exhausted all other avenues of support, and it’s …

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PrEP

Decision-makers have deferred an approval for HIV prevention medication PrEP to be subsidised on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, prompting “frustrated” advocates to call for talks to be fast-tracked. PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of …

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HIV stigma

Queensland Positive People has launched a new series of short films calling on people to unite against HIV stigma. In the four films, Australians living with HIV share their stories of stigma, vulnerability and resilience, to shine a light on how the virus is often perceived and to call on the community to tackle that …

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PrEP

Australia could become the first country to end HIV transmission with extra government funding of only $32.5 million a year, according to a new plan from a leading Australian HIV organisation. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) has released its HIV Blueprint, which charts a course to stop around 2,025 HIV transmissions in the …

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marriage equality

More than 35 leading health organisations across Australia have united to call on the Federal Government to legislate for marriage equality and put an end to marriage discrimination. “The longer we delay marriage equality, the longer people in LGBTI communities will experience the negative health impacts of being denied access to the same rights, privileges, …

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Lesbian

A new report into the health of Australian lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women has offered a rare insight into their unique health needs, researchers say. The biennial Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) survey is a collaboration between New South Wales LGBTI health organisation ACON and the University of Sydney, looking at LBQ …

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Rainbow fertility

LGBTI parents-to-be have been invited to attend a free information night in Spring Hill in Brisbane next week. Two experts on same-sex parenting will address the forum at the Watkins Medical Centre in Spring Hill to give prospective parents insight into their journey ahead to parenthood and give them valuable advice on some of the …

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PrEP

HIV prevention medication PrEP has been added to the World Health Organisation’s list of “essential medicines”. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known by brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in people at high risk, in conjunction with other prevention strategies including condoms. The World …

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Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow

A transgender dad has revealed his joy as he and his partner prepare to welcome their first biological child. Oregon couple Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow told parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time that they’re expecting a baby boy next month after suffering a miscarriage last year, when trans man Trystan became pregnant for the …

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Ash Whitaker Transgender

A US court has delivered a “groundbreaking” decision in favour of a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender in a case that advocates say can help trans students across the country. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which presides over the US states Illinois, Wisconsin and …

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AMA Marriage Equality

The country’s peak medical body, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), has called on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality and end the “protracted and damaging” public debate over the reform. AMA President Dr Michael Gannon (pictured, left) has written to both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to urge a …

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Aids Candelight

Two AIDS Candlelight Memorial events will be be held in the Northern Territory this weekend. Around the world, people come together on the third Sunday in May for memorial services and events to remember those who have died and to push for global action to end HIV/AIDS. The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council will …

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