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Rainbow Baby

If you’re a gay couple and have made the decision to start a family but aren’t sure where to begin, Brisbane fertility speciality Dr Andy Stamatiou has the answers. Dr Stamatiou, from LGBTIQ-friendly fertility practice Genesis Women’s Health, shares the important steps you require to start your family-building journey. There are three key elements you …

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Red Wine

Same-sex attracted women have higher alcohol and mental health problem rates than heterosexual women but many do not access treatment, a new Australian study has found. The University of Melbourne-led study of 521 same-sex attracted women found that 70 per cent of those aged 18-25 reported problematic alcohol use that exceeded national guidelines, but only …

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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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Meth

Gay and bisexual men who use drugs while having sex are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV, hepatitis C and other STIs, a new study has found. The study, published in the medical journal HIV Medicine, reviewed information from 1,840 gay and bisexual men who used two sexual health clinics in London between 2014 …

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DocQ

Did you know that the influenza world pandemic of 1918 killed more people than the entire First World War? Nearly 40 million people died from the flu virus and its complications, and most of the victims were young people, because they were the people most likely to catch it, being out and about. You see, …

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Courtney Act

Australian drag superstar Courtney Act has joined the New Zealand AIDS Foundation for a new campaign raising awareness of HIV treatment and “undetectable viral loads” in people living with HIV. According to the latest research, people living with HIV who are on successful treatment are incapable of passing HIV on to their sexual partners if …

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Cricket Ball

Most young men would not consider themselves at risk of cancer of any sort, so it might surprise you to know that testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 20 to 34. The outcome is usually positive, with 95% of guys surviving, but of course that only happens if you get diagnosed …

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lesbians

The other day, one of my friends in the Singaporean LGBTIQ community lamented that he could not get to really know people. Paraphrasing him, he said that all people wanted to do was to get into “each others’ pants”. While this might be an exaggeration, it is not that far from the truth in Singapore …

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super gonorrhoea

Two cases of multi-drug-resistant “super gonorrhoea” have been detected in Australia for the first time – one in Queensland and another in Western Australia. A Queensland Health spokesperson confirmed two cases of gonorrhoea resistant to multiple antibiotics had been detected in the past month. Evidence suggests that one of the Australians acquired their infection in …

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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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