Introducing AOD Media Watch

AOD Media Watch, 

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Media Watch is based on the same premise as the ABC show Media Watch. AOD Media Watch is run by a group of researchers and clinicians who work in the field, that aims to highlight poor examples of journalism regarding AOD-related issues in the hope that they can assist journalists to report more objectively using science and evidence rather than perpetuating myths, opinions and moral panic.

Research has found moral panics in the media can actually be detrimental, by counter-intuitively leading to increased drug use since it increases the perception that more people are using the drug than actually are. It has also been found that moral panics reduce the degree to which some people believe that the drug being reported on is harmful. It also reduces the credibility of AOD information in the media.

 

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STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

nam/aidsmap, Published: 22 February 2017
A study of PrEP users presented last week showed that PrEP users had very high rates of STI diagnosis – in the order of 20 times higher than among HIV-negative gay men in the general population. The evidence that STIs increased further while people were on PrEP was, however, a lot more ambiguous.
The problem in proving that PrEP has any causal relationship to STIs is that STIs among gay men were, in general, rising before well before PrEP, and also that PrEP usually involves regular testing for HIV and STIs. Since many STIs are asymptomatic and self-limiting, more tests will result in more diagnoses.
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Legalising same-sex marriage linked to drop in youth suicide

ABC Hack, Tue 21 Feb 2017, 1:29PM;  Updated Wed 22 Feb 2017, 11:25am

The legalisation of same-sex marriage in some US states has been linked with a drop in the number of gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers who attempted suicide, according to new research published in JAMA Pediatrics (Journal of the American Medical Association).

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SA police ‘cleaning up’ sex work industry ahead of decriminalisation, parliamentary committee told

ABC News, 22/02/2017

Police have seized cars, computers, phones, and loose change belonging to people suspected of working in the sex industry, a South Australian parliamentary committee has heard.

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Working with a transgender man who is pregnant

The Nurse Path blog, February 10., 2017

Some men have vaginas. 

It probably wouldn’t happen very often but if you are a health professional who cares for people during pregnancy and birth (ie a Midwife or Doctor), you may come across a transgender man who is pregnant.

This can be really challenging for people who may not have come across transgender people or issues. This is a guide to maybe help you in that situation. You’re welcome.

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