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A new report into the health of Australian lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women has offered a rare insight into their unique health needs, researchers say. The biennial Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) survey is a collaboration between New South Wales LGBTI health organisation ACON and the University of Sydney, looking at LBQ …

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LGBTI parents-to-be have been invited to attend a free information night in Spring Hill in Brisbane next week. Two experts on same-sex parenting will address the forum at the Watkins Medical Centre in Spring Hill to give prospective parents insight into their journey ahead to parenthood and give them valuable advice on some of the …

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HIV prevention medication PrEP has been added to the World Health Organisation’s list of “essential medicines”. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known by brand name Truvada, is a once-daily pill that has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of HIV transmission in people at high risk, in conjunction with other prevention strategies including condoms. The World …

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A transgender dad has revealed his joy as he and his partner prepare to welcome their first biological child. Oregon couple Trystan Reese and Biff Chaplow told parenting podcast The Longest Shortest Time that they’re expecting a baby boy next month after suffering a miscarriage last year, when trans man Trystan became pregnant for the …

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A US court has delivered a “groundbreaking” decision in favour of a transgender student’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with his gender in a case that advocates say can help trans students across the country. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which presides over the US states Illinois, Wisconsin and …

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The country’s peak medical body, the Australian Medical Association (AMA), has called on the federal parliament to legislate for marriage equality and end the “protracted and damaging” public debate over the reform. AMA President Dr Michael Gannon (pictured, left) has written to both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to urge a …

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Two AIDS Candlelight Memorial events will be be held in the Northern Territory this weekend. Around the world, people come together on the third Sunday in May for memorial services and events to remember those who have died and to push for global action to end HIV/AIDS. The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council will …

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An anonymous London art director is spray painting condoms on graffiti penises he sees around his city in a bid to promote safe sex. The man accompanies each spray-painted condom with text directing people to a National Health Service website where young locals can access free condoms and sexual health information. “I walk around the …

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