PrEP: HIV drug trials expanding to 2,000 men in Qld after ‘brave’ government decision

ABC News, 27/04/16, 5:12pm

A groundbreaking new drug tipped to stop the spread of HIV within just a few years will be available to more than 2,000 Queensland men under a $6 million trial program.

The trials make Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) available to men who have sex with men, as a means of preventing HIV transmission.

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Queensland’s worst outbreak of syphilis in 30 years rampant in state’s north

Brisbane Times,

Queensland’s worst outbreak of syphilis in 30 years has spread across northern Queensland with 500 new cases since 2010.

Only four years ago the Medical Journal of Australia predicted syphilis – which causes lesions in the brain and blindness – would be eradicated in remote Queensland with screening and basic penicillin shots.

The escalating rate of syphilis in Queensland’s far north is 300 times more frequent amongst indigenous people, than among the non-indigenous community.

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Sex workers concerned by impact of possible new legislation in NSW

news.com.au, November 8, 2015 3:35pm

FLEUR* is worried. Worried she will be blackmailed into sex, worried she will be forced underground, most of all, worried the police will turn from her protector to her persecutor.

Her worries have risen due to a recent NSW inquiry into the regulation of brothels which is due to hand down its recommendations next week. Currently the state is one of the few places worldwide where sex work is completely decriminalised.

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Outdated abortion laws create ‘medical tourism’ for interstate procedures

The Guardian, Monday 26 October 2015

Improved technology has made testing for foetal abnormalities easier and more accurate, but inconsistent state legislation means women do not have equal access to abortion should they choose to terminate their pregnancy as a result, an editorial published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday says.

With the exception of Victoria, doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion did not have to refer patients. These factors were leading to extensive medical tourism to Victoria.

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Sexual health through the eyes of Indigenous youth

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National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, 2014

A Community-Based Participatory Research framework was used to develop a qualitative study of young people’s perspectives on blood borne and sexually transmitted infections. Staff from the Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services (TAIHS) worked together with researchers from the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research (NCHECR) to engage with young Indigenous people to design and conduct a qualitative research project with young people living in and around Townsville, far North Queensland.

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