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Condoms On Graffiti Penises

An anonymous London art director is spray painting condoms on graffiti penises he sees around his city in a bid to promote safe sex. The man accompanies each spray-painted condom with text directing people to a National Health Service website where young locals can access free condoms and sexual health information. “I walk around the …

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PrEP

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations has welcomed a government commitment to make HIV prevention medication PrEP available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme if it wins approval at a key meeting in July. PrEP, short for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to …

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Colton Haynes has shared advice to his younger self about overcoming anxiety in a new video for Mental Health Awareness Month. “I think some advice I would give to myself when I was younger, especially about anxiety, would be that it’s okay to be anxious,” the Arrow star told fans in a video message for …

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Scientists claim to have successfully eliminated HIV from a group of animals using cutting-edge medical technology. The virus’ ability to hide in latent reservoirs in cells has made it impossible to defeat, but in new research published this week in the journal Molecular Therapy, the US scientists demonstrated that they can completely remove HIV DNA …

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Netflix has responded to concerns from mental health experts over its teen suicide drama “13 Reasons Why” by adding more warnings to the show. The show has been both criticised and praised since its release on March 31 for its portrayal of a group of high school students dealing with the suicide of a fellow …

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Netflix has responded to concerns from mental health experts over its teen suicide drama “13 Reasons Why” by adding more warnings to the show. The show has been both criticised and praised since its release on March 31 for its portrayal of a group of high school students dealing with the suicide of a fellow …

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The New South Wales Government has announced $500,000 in new funding to support suicide prevention programs and support services in Sydney’s LGBTI community. The NSW Government has established a Suicide Prevention Fund of $8 million over four years as part of the state’s 2016/17 Budget, which aims to support non-government and community-based organisations to improve …

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Universities in China are offering students affordable HIV tests for sale in soft drink and snack food vending machines. Students at five college campuses in Beijing and the Harbin, Guangxi and Heilongjiang provinces can purchase the self-test kits from the same machines selling food and drink. They pay 30 yuan (just less than $AU6) for …

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LGBTI lobby group just.equal is calling on marriage equality supporters to respond to a federal government survey on aged care by raising the benefits of marriage equality for older LGBTI people. Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has announced a review of national strategies to support the aged care needs of LGBTI people. The strategies …

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LGBTI people in the aged care sector are being encouraged to have their say in the federal government’s review of the national strategies to support their needs. Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has asked aged care consumers and carers from LGBTI and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, aged care providers and peak bodies …

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A new support group for all queer men who have experienced prostate cancer has been established in Brisbane. According to official data, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among males and the group’s organisers say like any chronic condition, the experience of diagnosis can be devastating. For same-sex attracted men, their experience following …

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PrEP

More than 1200 Queenslanders are participating in the state’s PrEP trial as part of efforts to prevent the transmission of HIV, the Queensland government has announced. 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 HIV transmission …

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A new permanent memorial in Canberra remembering those lost to AIDS was unveiled at the National Arboretum on Sunday. The first four of seven new “Gardens of Reflection” were officially opened at the site, which will eventually incorporate 156 new trees, stone walls, sculptures and seating areas. AIDS Action Council ACT chief executive Philippa Moss …

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A petition to reverse federal funding cuts to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs in both Queensland and the Northern Territory has been delivered to the federal government. The petition on Change.org was started last month by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) and the Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) in response …

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Julia Gillard will take over as chair of mental health advocacy organisation beyondblue in July. The former prime minister has served on the board of the depression and anxiety initiative since 2014. She will replace the organisation’s founder, former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett. The not-for-profit service offers counselling and support for people suffering mental illness, …

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Australia and New Zealand intersex advocates have united to write a historic statement declaring their community’s priorities for the future. Intersex people are born with internal or external sex anatomy that doesn’t fit the typical definitions of “female” or “male”, and physical variations in intersex people can include chromosomes, internal organs and genitals. Nearly two-percent …

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Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service will receive $1.117 million over four years to reduce patient wait times at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital gender clinic. A key focus will be to reduce patient wait times regarding access to endocrine treatment. The funding is part of a $5.27 million package for sexual health services …

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The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have joined forces to launch a petition calling on the Federal government to reverse funding cuts to two Indigenous sexual health programs. The Federal Government has told the organisations that both QuAC’s 2Spirits Program and NTAHC’s Aboriginal Sexual Health Program won’t …

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The HIV Foundation Queensland won’t be funded past June this year, the state government has announced. Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick announced on December 21 that as part of the government’s Sexual Health Strategy, a new Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee would be created and that the HIV Foundation, created by the then-Newman Government in …

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Belgian model Hanne Gaby Odiele has become one of the first high-profile celebrities to come out as intersex. The 29-year old from Belgium has walked runways in New York, Paris and Milan since the start of her career in 2005. She’s modeled for brands including Chanel, Dior, Alexander Wang, and more. Now Odiele has joined …

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A change in dating culture has been identified as the likely cause behind a spike in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Queensland. Dr Wendell Rosevear, who runs a Brisbane-based medical centre that specialises in sexual health, told the ABC he “quite frequently” treated patients who had between four and 10 sexual partners a day, and …

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Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates is investing up to $140 million into the research and development of new “matchstick-sized” PrEP implants to prevent HIV. PrEP, also known by its brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people at high risk. But strict …

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