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syphilis this christmas regular sexual health checks

DocQ writes about an ancient foe — the sneaky spiral bacterium that continues to infect humans after a history stretching back thousands of years. No one wants the gift of syphilis this Christmas so Dr Fiona Bisshop says – have regular sexual health checks. Early diagnosis means quick and effective treatment. Long-time readers of the …

tips for safe pleasurable sex life condoms stis hiv prevention

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) have been around for centuries. Unfortunately, for most of that time there were few, if any, effective treatments. DocQ, Dr Fiona Bisshop says the treatments for STIs were once “so unpleasant people remarked that if the disease didn’t kill you, the cure probably would!” Advances in modern medicine mean we can …

diarrhoea shigella

Shigella rarely makes the news, but it is lately. You may also notice it mentioned in sexual health literature. It’s a bacterial infection that causes diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and fever. You can catch Shigella from contaminated food or water, or from infected people. Men who have sex with men, are at higher risk of …

quac president peter black HIV transmission rates

QuAC President Peter Black spoke yesterday afternoon with Sarah Howells on ABC Radio’s Afternoons with Katherine Feeney about declining rates of HIV transmission in Australia. New research from the Kirby Institute at the University of NSW released yesterday shows, in 2018, Australia recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses since 2001. Rates declined substantially over …

hiv diagnoses kirby institute

Australia recorded the lowest number of HIV diagnoses in 2018 since 2001. The Kirby Institute reports only 835 new cases. However, the figures leave no room for celebration with no decline in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Rates of infection in heterosexuals also remained static. The Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney released the …

viva glam mac cosmetics hiv/aids

Originally founded by Frank Angelo and Frank Toskan, MAC Cosmetics markets a wide range of cosmetics.  In 1994, they launched Viva Glam lipsticks. They decided then to dedicate all sales of Viva Glam lipsticks to the fight against HIV/AIDS. They’ve done so ever since, as MAC Cosmetics states on their website. “Every cent of the …

poppers amyl

Research by Sydney’s University of Technology found “no correlation between popper use and mental health or psychological stress.” Researchers surveyed 800 gay and bisexual men between the ages 18 and 35 who use the inhalants. They asked the men about “dependency characteristics, including health, social, legal and financial problems.” The results of the research suggest …

Jade Elektra undetectable U=U

Toronto drag queen Jade Elektra brought down the house at the 2019 Toronto AIDS Vigil with her live performance of a Nat King Cole classic. As reported by author and activist Mark S. King at  LGBTQ Nation, Jade changed the title word ‘Unforgettable’ to ‘Undetectable.’ Her performance encapsulated the U=U message perfectly. Jade Elektra, when …

dangerous self-surgery

A report from Amnesty International states that transgender people in China rely on self-medication for hormone treatment. In some cases, they even attempt dangerous self-surgery. Discrimination and laws classing transgender people as having a mental illness drive them to desperate measures. “China is failing transgender people,” said Amnesty International China researcher, Doriane Lau. “The authorities …

sexual health stis

“You can stand under my umbrella.” In Umbrella, Rihanna sings about love as in ‘lurve’ — mad romantic passion. But let’s talk about love as in mad sexual passion — making love. It’s time we talk about sex and taking shelter from STIs. Like most great passions in life, sex comes with risks. Those risks …

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