Stigma towards people who inject drugs and sex workers prevalent, according to new Australian study

Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, July 2020

Priority groups at risk of blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections are still likely to experience negative behaviour from the general public and in healthcare settings according to a recent report from the Stigma Indicators Monitoring Project.

86% of the general public sampled self-reported that they would behave negatively towards people who inject drugs to some extent, as did 56% of healthcare workers and 55% of healthcare students. Additionally, 64% of the general public, and 36% and 31% of healthcare workers and students respectively, self-reported likely negative behaviour (to some extent) towards sex workers.

 

 

Medical Board releases new guidelines for practitioners and students on blood-borne viruses

Medical Board of Australia, 23 Jun 2020

The Medical Board of Australia is encouraging practitioners and students to review the new Guidelines for registered health practitioners and students in relation to blood-borne viruses before they take effect on 6 July 2020.

The Board’s guidelines are for practitioners and students who perform exposure-prone procedures and registered health practitioners who are treating registered health practitioners or students living with a blood-borne virus who perform exposure-prone procedures.

 

 

 

SAMESH cooking class presents: Pam’s Pumpkin & Corn Soup

SAMESH, 26/06/2020

Who doesn’t love a recipe from mum? This week we bring you Pam’s Pumpkin & Corn Soup – made by Paul’s mum especially for our recipe posts!

This recipe is a winter favourite that Pam makes whenever there is an excess of pumpkin in the vegie patch.

Pam is an old school home cook, but is always willing to test her skills trying something new – and come winter it is all about cooking warming meals and soups.

Pam is an avid fan of Masterchef and the Food Network, and she has a cupboard filled with recipe books old and new – which makes Paul’s life easier when he’s looking for a recipe to bring us for the SAMESH cooking class presents series! We continue to present recipes & tips while our face-to-face cooking classes for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk are unable to proceed.

NOTE: If you are a vegetarian, you can swap vegie stock for the chicken stock. Spring Gully Worcestershire Sauce is vegetarian and does not contain anchovies.

Diagnosis and Management of Syphilis in Patients With HIV Co-infection

Khaw, C., Malden, C., Ratnayake, M. et al. Diagnosis and Management of Syphilis in Patients With HIV Co-infectionCurr Treat Options Infect Dis (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40506-020-00225-6

Published

Purpose of review

Syphilis cases are on the increase especially in men who have sex with men (MSM) in urban areas of high-income countries.

There is a strong association between syphilis and HIV infections.

We review the more recent literature regarding the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic investigations, treatment and follow-up of syphilis in HIV infection.

  • Read abstract here (For full text access you can purchase from the publisher or see your librarian)

SAMESH cooking class presents:  Roast Vegetable Patties

SAMESH, 5th June 2020

SAMESH are stuck unable to their monthly cooking class for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk in person, so here is a new recipe from Paul for community members to try at home: patties made from roast vegetables. 

Whether you have some leftover roast vegetables, or whether you roast some especially for this recipe, you will love this delicious and hearty way to get some more vegetables into your diet.

Paul says: “these are healthy, vegetarian-friendly, yummy, and only take minutes to prepare and cook!”

SAMESH cooking class presents: Nourishing Bean Soup

SAMESH, 29/5/2020

This week, in In lieu of SAMESH’s face to face cooking classes for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk, Paul has worked on a soup recipe for community members to try at home. What better in this weather than a warming and nourishing bean soup?!

Paul says: “This week’s recipe is a winter warmer with a healthy angle- it’s perfect for vegetarians too. It is a nourishing bean soup with a rich tomato flavour: and like all soups, you can change the ingredients to suit your tastes or what is in your pantry or fridge.”