Every Australian will soon have a My Health Record — an online summary of their health information — unless they opt out before November 15. Brisbane LGBTIQ health specialist and QNews Magazine contributor Dr Fiona Bisshop has put a series of questions about privacy, consent and security to My Health Record and you can read …

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Askdocq

What vitamins and supplements should you be taking? The short version of this article would be one word – nothing! All the ingredients you need for a healthy body are found in a well-balanced diet. But everyone’s taking something – surely there must be something to all these pills, powders and potions? And some of …

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HRT

This week, I’m answering questions from QNews Magazine readers about gonorrhoea, breast cancer in trans women and butt implants. I was recently diagnosed with gonorrhoea, but I never have sex without condoms. How could this happen? Well you are not the first to ask this! Gonorrhoea is a very common bacterial infection, and it can …

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Anal problems are very common, but people are often too embarrassed to get help and let their problems grow before finally going to the doctor. Anal itch is a good example. If you have an itch that won’t go away, it could be due to dermatitis or sensitivity to soap, or it could be a …

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Transgender Teenager

For transgender people, access to hormones and surgery is vital. Traditionally this has often been a long and difficult path, beginning with their first disclosure to a doctor or therapist. This is often followed by many months or years of psychiatric assessment and counselling before they are finally allowed to start hormones and eventually have …

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A man clutches his stomach in pain and discomfort in this stock photo

No matter what time of year, there are always unpleasant tummy bugs doing the rounds, causing stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhoea. There are a few different bugs that can cause this. If you’ve been around a few other people who have had the same illness, especially if it came with fevers and headaches, you’ve probably …

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Stock photo of cigarette smoke

Nearly everyone who has smoked for more than 5 years wants to quit. Being a smoker makes you a train wreck waiting to happen – the slow poisoning of your lungs, your heart and your arteries will likely one day lead to heart attack, stroke, blood clots, lung cancer and chronic lung disease. Have you …

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Syphilis

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 …

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U equals U

Probably the biggest news to dominate the HIV landscape last year was the acceptance by the scientific community and HIV health professionals that U=U – undetectable equals un-transmittable. The message is that a person with HIV who is on treatment and is undetectable cannot pass on the virus to their sexual partner. To be undetectable …

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Prep

Amidst all the press releases and updates on PrEP and HIV, there’s one group that may sometimes miss out, or may think the message is not for them, and that’s transgender folk. Often it can seem like all the talk around HIV prevention is aimed squarely at cis guys who have sex with guys, but …

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