International consensus on testosterone treatment for women

Jean Hailes, 2 September 2019

The first Global Position Statement on the use of testosterone in the treatment of women, led by the International Menopause Society (IMS), was published in four leading international medical journals today.

The statement has been authored by a diverse team of leading experts based around the world and has been endorsed by internationally-esteemed medical societies.

It follows years of debate regarding testosterone therapy for women and, for the first time, provides agreement among experts and medical societies about how testosterone could be prescribed for women.

Access the statement: 

What to know about bipolar disorder and sex

Medical News Today, 

Bipolar disorder causes a person to experience intense shifts in moods, sometimes from a manic state to a depressed state, for example. These shifts can occur with changes in sexual desire, confidence, or sexual function.

Though the symptoms vary from person to person, bipolar disorder can disrupt several aspects of a person’s life, including their sexuality.

In this article, we discuss sexual symptoms of bipolar disorder and ways to manage them.

Special issue of Drugs and Alcohol Today: ChemSex – Apps, drugs and the right to pleasure

Emerald Publishing Limited, 2019

This special edition of Drugs and Alcohol Today, entitled “Chemsex – Apps, drugs and the right to pleasure”, acknowledges an aspect of drug taking that is often ignored in the discourse on the “scourge” of drug abuse – that drugs enhance pleasure.

Amidst the pleasure brought on by “chems”, there has been pain. Drug overdoses and deaths fuelled by a prohibition that supports an illicit market of unlabelled, often adulterated drugs and fear that calling an ambulance will implicate you in a crime

Chemsex is a unique phenomenon, requiring unique public health responses. The melding of smart phone apps, spatial data and real time “personal adverts requires a significant re-think and re-design when developing public health responses”.

This issue publishes work from experts that help gay communities to mobilise their own responses. It takes the onus off public health policy to respond, and respectfully recognises the agency and resilience within gay communities, to formulate culturally and contextually competent community responses to chemsex.

Free access to this special issue until March 31st

 

 

 

Free Art Therapy at SHINE SA

Charli Hope is an Art Therapist offering FREE Art Therapy services to clients of SHINE SA as part of a student placement. Art Therapy is a great way to explore yourself through guided art and creativity-based activities!

WHO:

Anyone 12+ years old is welcome, and no previous art experience or
skills are required.

WHERE:

SHINE SA Woodville and Davoren Parkartart

WHEN:

Mondays 10am-5pm (SHINE SA Woodville)
Wednesdays 10am-5pm (SHINE SA Davoren Park)
Thursdays 10am-5pm (SHINE SA Davoren Park)
Fridays 10am-5pm (SHINE SA Davoren Park)

All bookings are by appointment only

WHAT TO BRING:

Yourself and an idea of something you would like to explore in session.

SESSION DETAILS:

Private individual sessions are available and are 60-90
minutes long.

Group sessions – Details are to be advised once group numbers have
been confirmed

COST:

Free!

HOW TO BOOK:

Email Charli Hope or call the SHINE SA reception desk
(and mention Charli Hope) on 1300 794 584

Download flyer: SHINE_Art_Therapy_Flyer_1018

Smoking Highly Dangerous for HIV-Positive Patients

Specialty Pharmacy Times,  Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Patients with HIV who smoke may have an increased risk of lung cancer mortality compared with the risk of dying from HIV, according to a new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine. 

These findings suggest that healthcare providers should strongly advocate for smoking cessation and cancer screening for patients with HIV.

The abstract concludes with: Those PLWH who adhere to ART but smoke are substantially more likely to die from lung cancer than from AIDS-related causes.

 

Spread the Cure – Wipe Hep C off the Map – Free webinar

 Merck Sharp & Dohme

According to estimates, Australia can completely eradicate hep C in about 10 years. But your involvement is needed.

This practical webinar will allow you to gain knowledge and get involved in this important public health initiative.

After attending this webinar, you should be able to:

  • Understand benefits of highly effective new hep C treatments for your patients
  • Understand rationale of a treat-to-prevent strategy for hep C
  • Define GPs’ central role in screening, diagnosis and treatment of hep C
  • Screen, diagnose, assess and treat hep C patients based on the tools provided.

Speaker: Dr Stephen Pianko, is Head of Clinical Trials at Monash Health in Gastroenterology. Stephen has been involved in the treatment of hepatitis C for the past 25 years.

Webinar details: 14th September 2017.

NSW/TAS/ACT/VIC/QLD: 8.00-9.45 pm
SA/NT: 7.30-9.15 pm
WA: 6.00-7.45 pm

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The webinar is  aimed at doctors and nurses interested in treating Hepatitis C, although anyone can dial in.