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To tackle rising rates HIV Taiwan is making home testing easier

To tackle rising rates HIV Taiwan is making home testing easier

Faced with a dramatic rise in new infections of HIV health agencies in Taiwan are making home testing more easily available. The nation’s Centre for Diseases Control announced on Friday a new scheme that would see blood and saliva based home testing kits being made available via convenience stores. Previously the kits were only available […]

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Could online intervention tools help reduce new cases of HIV?

Could online intervention tools help reduce new cases of HIV?

Researchers in the USA have tackled the challenge of new infections of HIV among young gay and bisexual men by focussing on their behaviour on mobile phone dating apps. In 2016 in the USA gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men accounted for the large majority of new cases of HIV. Sixty […]

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NSW campaign highlights breast cancer awareness for queer community

NSW campaign highlights breast cancer awareness for queer community

A bold new breast cancer awareness campaign targeting LGBTQ people has been released today by ACON. Our United Front aims to raise awareness of breast cancer and increase breast screening rates among LGBTQ people in NSW. Featuring many sporting and social groups within LGBTQ communities in NSW, the campaign adopts an inclusive approach to ensure […]

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Research shows some gay men consider PrEP to be a ‘social problem’

Research shows some gay men consider PrEP to be a ‘social problem’

New research published in the health journal Sociology of Health & Illness has shown that some gay men consider PrEP to be a “social problem”. A series of focus groups held in New York showed some gay men consider people taking the HIV-preventative medication PrEP are lacking morals. The men described those on PrEP as immoral, irresponsible, naïve […]

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Hormone therapy poses increased stroke risk for transgender women

Hormone therapy poses increased stroke risk for transgender women

A new study has found that hormone therapy may lead to an increased risk of stoke among transgender women. One of the largest studies undertaken on transgender women’s health has shown there is a significantly greater risk of developing blood clots in comparison to cis-gendered men and women. The Goodman study was published in the […]

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LGBTIQ+ women’s and femme health and wellbeing

LGBTIQ+ women’s and femme health and wellbeing

Recently I was discussing with a friend “discrete spaces” (for single sexual and gender identities) and whether the need for these exists in the way that it used to. Given what we know about sex, sexuality and gender being on a spectrum and that people can move along this throughout their lifetime, is it not […]

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Study finds gay youth are using hook-up apps

Study finds gay youth are using hook-up apps

A new study has revealed that many teenager boys who are gay or bisexual use hookup apps including Grindr and Scruff to make connections with their surrounding LGBTI community and meet other queer people. The study is one of the first to look into teenagers use of mobile dating apps and is published in the Journal […]

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Minister responds to concerns over LGBTIQ+ health strategy timeline

Minister responds to concerns over LGBTIQ+ health strategy timeline

Health Minister Roger Cook has responded to concerns raised by members of the LGBTIQ+ community regarding the speed at which the state’s LGBTIQ Health Strategy is being developed. Last week several leading health organisations and prominent community groups shared their concern that the Western Australian Health Department had set a timeline for the development of […]

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Dept of Health seek Expressions of Interest for LGBTI Health Strategy

Dept of Health seek Expressions of Interest for LGBTI Health Strategy

The Western Australian Department of Health is developing an LGBTI Health Strategy and are seeking Expressions of Interest from community organisations to support the development of the project. The goal of the strategy is to provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of LGBTI people. “The development of […]

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Western Australia’s surrogacy laws to be reviewed

Western Australia’s surrogacy laws to be reviewed

Western Australian Health minister Roger Cook has announced that the government will review Western Australia’s laws regarding reproductive technology, a move which may open a pathway for same-sex couples to use surrogates to create families. The government said it was clear that Western Australia’s laws were out of step with other Australian states, promoting the […]

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