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Monkeypox Virus (MPV): Public Health Alert, Stigmatising Language Warning, and more

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1. Monkeypox Virus (MPV) Infection Public Health Alert SA Health, 21 May 2022 Monkeypox infection is caused by monkeypox virus. It is endemic in central and west Africa with cases outside Africa usually detected in returned travellers. As of 20 May 2022, 15 countries have reported 27 confirmed and 45 suspected cases of monkeypox. Several countries have reported cases in men who have sex with men...

What makes gay and bisexual men in Australia choose not to take PrEP?

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nam/aidsmap, 14 April 2022 Perceived irrelevance, lack of awareness, problems with access, side effects, negative social impacts, and concerns about lack of STI protection, effectiveness and adherence are the most common reasons for not using PrEP among gay and bisexual men in Australia. This is according to a study recently published in the journal Behavioral Medicine which analysed reasons for...

Chemsex questions: what are we actually asking?

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Crozier Brendan, Sayer Nathan, Varma Rick (2022) Chemsex questions: what are we actually asking?. Sexual Health 19, 76-78. Abstract: Among men who have sex with men (MSM), sexualised drug use (SDU) is related to high risk sexual behaviour and a higher chance of contracting STIs. Chemsex, a subset of SDU, has a particularly high risk factor for STIs. We describe the implementation of a new...

A cross-sectional study of male and female kissing partners among MSM

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Chow Eric P. F., Phillips Tiffany R., Tran Julien, Aung Ei T., Maddaford Kate, Fairley Christopher K. (2022) A cross-sectional study of male and female kissing partners among men who have sex with men. Sexual Health 19, 27-32.  Abstract Background: Kissing may be a risk factor for gonorrhoea. Past studies have focused on male kissing partners among men who have sex with men (MSM). This study...

CONNECTing at risk communities [in Adelaide] with HIV self testing

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SAMESH, Wednesday 23 March 2022  Media Release: CONNECTing at risk communities with rapid HIV testing – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SAMESH, a partnership between SHINE SA and Thorne Harbour Health, has launched CONNECT – a pilot program evaluating the use of vending machines to dispense free Atomo HIV Self-Test (HST) kits to support rapid HIV testing and to strengthen pathways to treatment and...

Gay Asian Proud (GAP) Forum: Dating Amidst COVID and Vaccines

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Gay Asian Proud (GAP) & Thorne Harbour Health,  October 2021 A free online forum on how COVID-19 and vaccination affect and change the way Asian same sex-attracted men date and form intimate relationships. About this event: Apart from triggering mental health concerns, COVID-19 has made a tremendous impact on the way we interact and socialise. The international move towards a vaccination...

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