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 …

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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 …

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What’s all the fuss about this new STI Mycoplasma? Should I be worried? Mycoplasma genitalium has only recently come to light as an emerging STI. It causes infection in the rectum and both the male and female genital tracts. It is not known what the long-term consequences are (if any) of untreated infection. Symptoms are …

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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 …

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Welcome to Ask DocQ. The Doc has returned for 2018. However, in addition to her regular health updates, Dr Fiona Bisshop is just as interested to find out what’s on your mind. Have you made a health resolution that you’re struggling to keep? Or maybe it’s time to ask about that burning sensation you’ve had …

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It seems another year has bitten the dust, and what a year it was!

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Do you look after your bottom? Is your arse healthy? It’s easy to be embarrassed when talking about that part of the body, but if you’ve got a problem it’s never a good idea to sit on it! But seriously, bumhole problems are usually much easier to treat if you go to the doctor sooner …

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We think of the hospital as a place to go when we’re sick or injured where we will be treated respectfully and compassionately, and our health problems will be managed skilfully and efficiently. But for transgender people, hospitals and other healthcare settings can actually be hazardous to their health and wellbeing. There’s a phenomenon which …

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Are you taking supplements to get bigger muscles and have more energy for workouts? If you have a trainer they have probably already suggested you take creatine and a variety of other products to help you bulk up, and may even have suggested testosterone. There are so many products available, and a lot of gyms …

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Good news for transgender youth – a recently published Dutch study has shown that the use of puberty blockers is a very positive step. Puberty blockers are drugs which suppress the release of sex hormones at the onset of puberty, and this stops the irreversible physical changes that come with puberty – facial hair, voice …

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