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Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has approved the use of wonder drug Truvada for HIV prevention, in what has been described as a major breakthrough following years of advocacy from health organisations. The drug is a tablet HIV negative people at high risk of infection can take once a day as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, …

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Masturbation Save Your Life

Men who ejaculate regularly have a lower risk of prostate cancer compared to their peers who get off less often, according to a decades-long US study. The study, recently published in the journal European Eurology, looked at 32,000 male participants, beginning in 1992. By following the men’s masturbation and sex habits in their 20s and …

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HIV Foundation Qld 2020 Film Ji Wallace

Olympic silver medalist Ji Wallace wants this generation to be the one which ends HIV, he says in a new video launched today by the HIV Foundation Queensland. The HIVFQ’s short film, titled “2020,” features a number of real Queenslanders who are affected by HIV in one way or another, whether they identify as part …

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New HIV Drug Approved By US Food and Drug Administration

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug, Descovy, to treat HIV. Descovy is a combination of drugs for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, the most common type of HIV in adults. Descovy is a combination of two already-approved drugs and contains a newer version of a key ingredient called tenofovir, the …

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Scientist Stock Photo

The Zika virus has been in the news lately as there is an outbreak in South America and some travellers have tested positive upon their return to Australia. So what is it? Zika is a virus which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, specifically the species Aedes aegypti, the same type of …

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Emojis

Last time, I wrote about the role of emotions and, more specifically, how emotions are helpful even when they are unpleasant. Even though emotions are generally a useful tool, people can run into problems with them when they experience too much or too little of an emotion; or when they experience an emotion at an …

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Get Pep Campaign

The HIV prevention medication PrEP is the one you’ve been hearing about the most lately, but if you’ve had high-risk sex you mustn’t forget about PEP as a prevention tool. PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a month-long course of HIV treatment that can prevent a person becoming infected with HIV after a recent exposure. The sooner …

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PrEP Medication

Israel’s ministry has reportedly approved the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs to prevent HIV infection. Israeli news site Haaretz reports that Moshe Bar Siman Tov, Isreal’s ministry’s director general, accepted a HIV/AIDS subcommittee’s recommendation that PrEP medication regimes like Truvada be implemented in Israel. The PrEP programs involves people at high risk taking daily …

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Rectal Chlamydia

We need to talk about an uninvited guest you may have lurking in your back passage.  You might have a funky discharge, or some bleeding or pain in your arse, or there may be no clues it’s there at all. That’s right, it’s rectal chlamydia. Usually (but not always) if you get this infection in …

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How well do you really understand your emotions?

In the work that I do, I spend a lot of time talking to people about emotions. One thing that comes up frequently as part of these discussions is the value and importance of different emotions. Although emotions are a central part of human life, we are explicitly taught very little about what emotions mean …

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