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The Tanzanian government has reportedly banned the import and sale of personal lubricants as part of an ongoing crackdown on the country’s LGBTI community. “It is true that the government has banned the importation and use of the jelly to curb the spread of HIV,” the country’s Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu (pictured, inset) is reported …

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NT Northside Health Dr Dani Stewart WEB

Brisbane GP and LGBTI health specialist Dr Fiona Bisshop will travel to Darwin at the end of this month to participate in Darwin’s first LGBTI health clinic. The clinic was started last month by Dr Danielle Stewart (pictured), known to locals as Dr Dani, who opened her own practice, Northside Health NT, in the Darwin suburb …

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QIMR Berghofer Associate Professor David Harrich

A Brisbane scientist says he’s developed a protein that appears to “switch off” HIV in cells, potentially paving the way for a cure for the virus. Associate Professor David Harrich (pictured) is the head of the HIV Molecular Virology lab at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Herston and he made the antiviral protein, …

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Prince Harry is following in his mother’s footsteps in removing the stigma surrounding HIV. Princess Diana reached out to people with HIV in the 1980, being photographed shaking hands with an HIV-positive man and hugging children with AIDS. The red-headed royal took the opportunity to break down the barrier by taking an HIV test while …

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Scientists have declared that the war on AIDS is over in Australia – but HIV remains an ongoing battle. Researchers from the Kirby and Peter Doherty institutes and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) say AIDS cases have plummeted since the advent of antiretroviral medication in the mid-1990s, which stops HIV from progressing to …

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QuAC Come Prepd Housemate Is Out Skit

Has this ever happened to you? A Brisbane guy gets caught mid-hookup when his housemate returns early to get his wallet in the Queensland AIDS Council’s newest ‘Come PrEP’d” campaign video. The message of QuAC’s videos is “It’s less awkward to Come PrEP’d” and they say the campaign is designed to increase awareness of the …

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UK NHS Refuses To Support PrEP

The UK’s national health provider NHS England has confirmed it won’t roll out HIV prevention medication PrEP in the country, shocking health advocates. Also known by its brand name Truvada, the costly medication can be taken daily by HIV negative people at high risk of infection to dramatically reduce that risk. But in a statement …

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Queensland Age of Consent Laws - Health Minister Cameron Dick

The Queensland government has finally moved to equalise the ages of consent in Queensland to correct an “archaic” and decades-old discrepancy in the legislation affecting gay teenagers. Under the current law, the age of consent for vaginal sex is 16 but anal sex, still referred to as “sodomy” in the Criminal Code, is illegal until …

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