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So Loquacious: Matthew Bacon discusses safe sex, HIV and men’s health

So Loquacious: Matthew Bacon discusses safe sex, HIV and men’s health

Matthew Bacon from the WA AIDS Council is the latest guest on our So Loquacious podcast. As the newly appointed Gay Men’s Outreach Officer, Matthew works with different sections of the community to increase awareness about HIV and promote a holistic approach to health and positive discussions about sexuality. Matthew joins Leigh Hill and Graeme Watson for […]

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Clinical trials for inject-able PrEP treatment start

Clinical trials for inject-able PrEP treatment start

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment has made a major difference to the number of people contracting HIV in developed countries. Currently people can take a daily pill, usually the brand medication Truvada, and protect themselves from acquiring the virus. The medication has been shown to have a 99% effectiveness rate in stopping the virus from being […]

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HIV is still here: Start the conversation

HIV is still here: Start the conversation

Talking about relationships and sex can be difficult for some in the wider community. Many people feel embarrassed, shamed or nervous talking about sex, and may not be used to using the type of language needed to talk openly. For the queer community, talking about sex seems to come more easily. Gay men – compared […]

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US doctor records second case of PrEP resistant HIV strain

US doctor records second case of PrEP resistant HIV strain

A man in the USA who has been taking pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment Truvada has shown evidence of contracting a hyper rare, drug resistant strain of HIV. The patient is now the second recorded case of a patient contracting the resistant strain of the virus, after a report in February noted a case exhibited in Toronto. […]

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How do you tackle the challenges of Chemsex?

How do you tackle the challenges of Chemsex?

The confronting documentary Chemsex is screening in Perth this month.  The film dives deep into the largely underground gay subculture that pursues the hedonistic, often unsafe thrills of drug driven sex. GHB and crystal meth are the drugs of choice. Tackling the health challenge is David Stuart, the substance abuse lead at London’s 56 Dean […]

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New NAPWHA representative continues to fight HIV stigma

New NAPWHA representative continues to fight HIV stigma

Western Australia has a new representative for the National Association of People Living With HIV/AIDS (NAPWHA). Ryan Oliver has taken over from the previous representative*, while Paul Baines has been re-elected for a second year long term. Oliver told OUTinPerth he decided to stand for the role because he wanted to be proactive in reducing […]

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M Clinic: Itching (and scratching) for the holidays?

M Clinic: Itching (and scratching) for the holidays?

In the past few months, the M Clinic has seen the rates of HIV, Gonorrhea and Syphilis increasing in Perth gay men. Even if you practice safer sex (by wearing condoms during anal or using PrEP), you could still be at risk of picking up a sexually transmitted infection (STI). And remember, not all STI’s […]

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Cipri Martinez heads up NAPWHA

Cipri Martinez heads up NAPWHA

Local HIV/AIDS advocate Cipriano Martinez has been elected president of the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA). It’s the first time someone from Western Australia has held the role.  The state’s NAPWHA representatives are Paul Baines and Izaac Buckley Speaking to OUTinPerth on World AIDS Day Martinez said stigma remained a big […]

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Positive Advocate: HIV 2014 Has Arrived!

Positive Advocate: HIV 2014 Has Arrived!

Making a bold move, this month the USA Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people who are “at substantial risk for HIV” consult their doctor about starting a daily pill (Truvada) to prevent HIV. Although condom use along with other prevention methods are also recommended the New York Times (NYT) reported […]

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