The recent birth of a child in South Australia with congenital syphilis, despite the mother being previously diagnosed and treated for the sexually transmitted infection, has prompted SA Health concern about the quality of the treatment.
[A] public health alert [sent by SA Health] “reminds and advises health practitioners of their responsibilities” in managing syphilis cases and contacts.
General practitioner at not-for-profit sexual health service SHINE SA Amy Moten said the case was “significant” because it was an avoidable outcome.
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!”
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.”
International Sex Workers Day on June 2 provides an opportunity for us to support the rights of sex workers in South Australia and advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.
Sex work is criminalised in South Australia which means that those engaging in relevant sex work activities can be prosecuted for criminal offences. SIN, SIDAC (Sex Industry Decriminalisation Action Committee) and Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Workers Association) advocate for decriminalisation which is seen as a best practice model by sex workers and supportive community-based organisations.
The decriminalisation of sex work would improve the safety, sexual health, emotional wellbeing and financial security of sex workers. Whilst sex workers may be more vulnerable to assault and exploitation, research shows this vulnerability is impacted by the policing, stigma and lack of labor rights which current sex work laws encourage.
In a recent statement SIDAC said:
“Sex work will always exist, but is up to us to determine and guarantee, the conditions and safety of those involved. South Australia must decriminalise the industry in the best interests of both sex workers and the broader community.”
On this International Sex Workers Day we continue to support the decriminalisation of sex work in South Australia and its potential for positive impacts on the human rights of sex workers and the health of sex workers and the general public.
NOTES:  Platt, L., Grenfell, P., Meiksin, R., Elmes, J., Sherman, S. G., Sanders, T., Mwangi, P., & Crago, A. L. (2018). Associations between sex work laws and sex workers’ health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative and qualitative studies. PLoS medicine, 15(12), e1002680. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1002680Bottom of Form
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SAMESH have still not been able tor resume their face to face cooking classes for PLHIV & older LGBTIQ+ folk, so Paul is continuing to develop recipes for you to try at home. This week he indulges the sweeter side with a tangy crumbly blueberry cake!
Paul says: “This blueberry cake is very easy to make, and is surprisingly light – and tasty too! You can use fresh or frozen berries, and you can use any kind of berry you choose (or a mix).
Depending on how sweet your tooth is, you can also cut the amount of sugar in the cake mix by half, as the crumb topping adds further sweet sugary goodness.
Serve it on its own with a cup of coffee or tea – or have as a dessert and top it with a warm custard and cream.”