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Nearly everyone who has smoked for more than 5 years wants to quit. Being a smoker makes you a train wreck waiting to happen – the slow poisoning of your lungs, your heart and your arteries will likely one day lead to heart attack, stroke, blood clots, lung cancer and chronic lung disease. Have you …

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Greens senator Janet Rice told the story of Chris, a survivor of gay conversion therapy in Australia

Greens Senator Janet Rice has shared the story of a survivor of dangerous “gay conversion” therapy in the parliament and renewed calls for the federal government to take action on the harmful practice. Senator Rice spoke on Wednesday about Canberra man Chris (pictured, right), who endured the discredited therapy as a teenager and in March …

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Syphilis

I thought I’d write an update on what’s going around in the world of sexually transmitted stuff in Brisbane. And I mean literally going around. I’ve got one word for you – syphilis. These last couple of weeks has been a syphilis convention in Brisbane, and I’ve been jabbing people with penicillin left, right and …

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Trans fair day celebrate diversity

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed being transgender from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), declassifying it as a mental illness. On Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) published the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which moves “gender incongruence” to a new chapter, Conditions Related to Sexual Health. WHO says …

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Trans fair day celebrate diversity

Transgender and gender diverse youth By Carmen Pace, Ken Pang & Michelle Tollit Today the first guidelines specific to the health-care needs of transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents youth have been released in the Medical Journal of Australia. Gender identity is a person’s innermost sense of who they are – male, female, a …

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David Cooper

Immunologist Professor David Cooper HIV Research Pioneer Hundreds have gathered to remember immunologist Professor David Cooper as a pioneer and “global hero” in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Credited with diagnosing some of the first cases of HIV in Australia, Professor Cooper passed away at age 69 in Sydney in March. Professor Cooper was appointed the inaugural …

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U equals U

Probably the biggest news to dominate the HIV landscape last year was the acceptance by the scientific community and HIV health professionals that U=U – undetectable equals un-transmittable. The message is that a person with HIV who is on treatment and is undetectable cannot pass on the virus to their sexual partner. To be undetectable …

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Lesbian women becoming a parent Dr Andy Stamatiou

By Dr Andy Stamatiou Most women plan to have a child at some stage in their lives. For lesbian women, this is no different. Thankfully, science, through intrauterine insemination (artificial insemination), has allowed the process to be more accessible and safe. Donor sperm may be sourced from a known donor or an anonymous donor. This …

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