HEALTH

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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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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I’m finally over the jetlag and have caught up (mostly) with clinical duties, so here is my brief summary of the key messages from the Boston HIV conference I attended.  There’s a lot to cover, so I will focus on the most important and interesting areas. New Drugs for HIV Treatment The new single tablet …

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Imogen, a transwoman in her early 30s, came to me for help with what she called her “social awkwardness”. At first, she was easily irritable with me because “everyone I’ve talked to about my problem keeps telling me it’s social anxiety.” She expected that I would do the same. “I’m not anxious around people and …

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Allowing transgender young people to use their chosen names significantly reduces their risk of depression and suicide, according to a new study by the University of Texas. Researchers interviewed 129 US transgender young people aged 15 to 21, asking if they were able to use their chosen names when at school, home, work, and with …

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By Edwina Wright, Monash University On Sunday, April 1, Australia joined only a handful of other countries in the world whose governments have made HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) readily available to populations at risk of HIV infection. This step forward takes Australia much closer to achieving its pledge, made in 2014, to end new HIV …

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A new study has warned of just how dangerous it can be for LGBTIQ young people to hide their sexuality. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that 46% of the closeted teenagers reported suicidal thoughts or behaviours, compared to 22% of those who were open about their sexuality. The researchers …

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