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Queensland doctors have launched a survey in a bid to uncover the extent of dangerous “gay conversion” therapies still going in the state. Dr Fiona Bisshop from Fortitude Valley’s Holdsworth House and and Gold Coast sexual health specialist Dr Stuart Aitken set up their Gender & Sexuality Conversion Therapy Survey to gather people’s current experiences …

Once known as “manic depression”, bipolar disorder is actually quite common. If you are bipolar, you may experience depression alternating with periods of mania or hypomania. During periods of mania, you may feel elevated or high, be quite creative, spend a lot of money, and have trouble sleeping. Sometimes this can lead to bouts of …

Syphilis

I thought I’d write an update on what’s going around in the world of sexually transmitted stuff in Brisbane. And I mean literally going around. I’ve got one word for you – syphilis. These last couple of weeks has been a syphilis convention in Brisbane, and I’ve been jabbing people with penicillin left, right and …

Cricket Ball

Most young men would not consider themselves at risk of cancer of any sort, so it might surprise you to know that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 20 to 34. The outcome is usually positive, with 95% of guys surviving, but of course that only happens if you get diagnosed …

Last time, the Doc reported some major research findings presented at the recent HIV conference she attended in Boston.  This time, Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop concludes her round up of some of the key topics. Vaccine Progress There is no doubt that a vaccine is essential if we are ever going to …

I’ve heard there’s a free Hep A vaccine at the moment, do I need it? Queensland Health has made the Hepatitis A vaccine available free for men who have sex with men. This is because there is currently an outbreak of this infection in the southern states of Australia, and there have now been a …

The federal Department of Health has said that it is up to pharmaceutical companies to put forward a replacement drug after popular drug Primoteston was removed from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) this month. Primoteston is an injectable form of male sex hormone, popular among transgender men, which produces male levels of testosterone in the …

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 …

SUPER FOODS

I’m always amazed by the number of healthy people who take vitamins or special “superfood” supplements, in some cases spending more than $100 a month in the interests of maintaining their health.  The truth is that they are for the most part wasting their money, and they have been duped by the industry to believe …

I read a story recently about some teenagers in England who had come up with the concept of a condom that changes colour if a sexually transmitted infection is detected. Their idea was that you could have a different colour for each infection, eg purple for herpes and green for gonorrhoea. It’s unlikely to ever …