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Hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane’s CBD last night to recognise World AIDS Day at a touching candlelight vigil held in Reddacliff Place. With candles being lit for lost loved ones, the emotional vigil heard the personal accounts of what it is like to live with HIV in 2015 as well as invaluable local history …

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Homophobia is something that everyone in the LGBTIQA community has likely experienced at some point in their lives. It is a frustrating and damaging phenomenon that is born from a cultural assumption that non-heterosexuality is inherently bad, or somehow inferior to heterosexuality. Often times, homophobia comes from the straight community (albeit often unintentionally!). But sadly, …

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You’ve heard all the health messages. You can’t smoke anywhere these days anyway. You feel like a leper standing outside having a quick one. You know it makes sense to quit, but you keep thinking it’s just too hard. How many times have I heard smokers say “I can’t do it on my own doc, …

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Queensland has kicked of AIDS Awareness week with the launch of a new series of HIV awareness short videos at Brisbane’s Jade Buddha Lounge & Bar overlooking the Story Bridge which was brightly lit in red lights to mark the occasion. The ‘Talking About Treatment’ films feature local Queenslanders both gay and straight discussing their …

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Charlie Sheen addressed the rumours that have been swirling around in Hollywood that he is HIV positive. Sheen, appeared on NBC’s Today show.  He confirmed that he was HIV positive after  there were a number of controversial news reports in recent weeks from publications of varying credibility discussing Sheen’s HIV status. The most salacious of which have been …

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When it is an internal condom, of course! Is the term “female condom” outdated? While it can be difficult to advocate for changes at the higher level, we can do our bit and adopt the term “internal” over “female”. We can also advocate the use of internal condoms for all receptive partners, not just those …

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The Netherlands have become the latest country to relax their blood donation policy for gay and bisexual men. Previously all men who have ever has sex with another man were banned from ever donating blood in the Netherlands, with the policy now being changed to allow donation provided the donor hasn’t had sex with a …

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For many, “coming out” to family and friends is a stressful experience. And if doing once is hard enough, spare a thought for Tina Healy who has to come out to her mother every couple of weeks. Tina, 54, is a transgender woman and feared that revealing herself as female might be too stressful for …

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