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Doc Q: 5 Myths about STIs that doctors see every day

Chlamydia, gonorrhoea & syphilis. Oh my! These sneaky little buggers are all around town and if you’re getting down & dirty, there’s a good chance you might be meeting one soon. There are a lot of myths out there about STIs so let’s break down some of the most common ones that we doctors see …


Doc Q: Everything you didn’t know about herpes explained

In my job, I get to see a lot of STIs! Whenever I see someone with a first hit of herpes I’m always reminded of the massive stigma behind it. There are a lot of myths about herpes. If you think you know about herpes, think again! Dr Rhys Young is a proud member of …

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DocQ Retrospective: Dr Fiona Bisshop’s decade in review

After over ten years of the DocQ column, Dr Fiona Bisshop looks back over a decade of healthcare advances in her DocQ retrospective. I realised when I began to write this, on the cusp of a new decade, that the column is now over ten years old. A lot happened in that time, especially in …

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Stonewall open for HIV & STI FAST testing over holiday break

Stonewall Medical Centre recently launched its pilot Fast Access Sexual Testing program (FAST) on Thursday nights.  Stonewall remains open for HIV & STI FAST testing and other services over the Christmas/New Year break, except for public holidays. [PROMOTION] Faster sexual health screening means earlier treatments and earlier treatments mean earlier resolution with fewer complications. The …

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MSM assume HOT guys less risk of STIs

“Men who have sex with men (MSM) are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but many engage in condomless sex. One factor contributing to condomless sex may be an assumption of low risk of STIs from physically attractive partners.” On average, MSM tend to believe physically attractive men are less likely to carry STIs, …