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Queensland doctors launch ‘conversion therapy’ survey

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 …

AskDocQ: The Highs And Lows Of Bipolar Disorder

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

AskDocQ: The STI Going Around That You Might Not Even Know You Have

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 …

#AskDocQ: Is PrEP Driving Up The Rate Of STIs?

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 …

Companies’ Role To Replace Primoteston On PBS, Says Health Department

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 …

SUPERFOODS

ARE SUPERFOODS ALL THEY ARE CRACKED UP TO BE?

I’m always amazed by the number of healthy people who take vitamins or special “superfoods” supplements, in some cases spending more than $100 a month in the interest of maintaining their health.  The truth is that they are for the most part wasting their money. The health food industry dupes them into believing these additions …

ARE CONDOMS STILL RELEVANT?

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 …