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Brotherboy Sistergirl Youth

Brisbane’s Open Doors Youth Service has launched a new alcohol and other drug support program to assist LGBTIQ Brotherboy and Sistergirl young people. Open Doors Acting General Manager Chris Pickard said the much-needed program “aims to provide better social and emotional wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQAP+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl youth.” “Open Doors Youth Service had the …

testicular cancer

Most young men would not consider themselves at risk of cancer of any sort. But,  testicular cancer remains the most common cancer in men aged 20 to 34. The outcome is usually positive. 95% of guys survive. However, that relies on early diagnosis and treatment. One in twenty guys does not survive because treatment comes …

super gonorrhoea

Two cases of multi-drug-resistant “super gonorrhoea” have been detected in Australia for the first time – one in Queensland and another in Western Australia. A Queensland Health spokesperson confirmed two cases of gonorrhoea resistant to multiple antibiotics had been detected in the past month. Evidence suggests that one of the Australians acquired their infection in …

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 …

depressed young man mental health depression anxiety

A new study has warned of just how dangerous it can be for LGBTIQ young people to hide their sexuality. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 46% of the closeted teenagers reported suicidal thoughts or behaviours, compared to 22% of those who were open about their sexuality. The researchers …

pbs listing hiv prevention PrEP The Game-Changer

The cost of HIV prevention pill PrEP will drastically reduce after it finally received approval for PBS listing (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on Friday. PrEP, which stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis, is a once-daily pill. Studies show that it dramatically reduces the risk of HIV transmission in HIV-negative people. Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) In its decision …

Masturbation Save Your Life

Men who ejaculate regularly enjoy a lower risk of prostate cancer compared to peers who get off less often, according to a decades-long US study. Therefore, masturbation might potentially save your life. The study, recently published in the journal European Eurology, looked at 32,000 male participants, beginning in 1992. Researchers followed the men’s masturbation and …

anal cancer get ya bum checked

Recently I spoke with my gay-friendly doctor colleagues about the high incidence of anal cancer in men who have sex with men. It’s very worrying.  So I say to my readers, one and all, get ya bum checked! You may not realise it, but simply being a man who has sex with men puts you …

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