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.

“Durban 2016: the changing narrative of HIV/AIDS” – free forum

SAMESH, 26/10/2016

Invites you to their upcoming forum, “Durban 2016: the changing narrative of HIV/AIDS”.

The forum is a fantastic opportunity to hear from guest speakers who attended the 21st International AIDS Forum 2016. They will discuss the current successes and challenges in their respective fields and their thoughts on the future of HIV/AIDS advocacy and research in Australia.

Free event.

Guest speakers include:

Darryl O’Donnell: AFAO CEO
Dr Jennifer Hoy: Key researcher for HIV & HIV-related illnesses
Brent Allan: Living Positive Victoria CEO
Enaam Oudih: Manager Multicultural Services RASA
Roxana Baratosy: SIN Representative

When: Thursday 17 November, 6 – 7.30pm

Where: 57 Hyde St, Adelaide SA 5000

RSVP: Monday 14 November 2016 via 7099 5300

Wine and cheese provided.

Please see attached flyer for full event information: samesh-forum-nov-17-2016-2

Forum and discussion: Drug use, chemsex, and supporting marginalised communities

SAMESH, October 2016

Join us at a forum and discussion featuring Dr Adam Bourne From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Drug use, chemsex, and supporting marginalised communities

  • When: Wednesday, 26 October at 3:00 pm
  • Where: SAMESH, 57 Hyde Street Adelaide

Helping people manage their drug and alcohol use poses a number of unique challenges. This is especially true for people who belong to marginalised communities, from LGBTI people, to refugees, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

With the ideas of chemsex and a supposed ice epidemic being talked about more and more, it is important to get the facts, and to talk about how to support the people most affected by them.

The Victorian AIDS Council (VAC), in partnership with SAMESH, is proud to host a forum and roundtable discussion featuring Dr Adam Bourne, a top researcher in the use of alcohol and other drugs, and how they affect people in marginalised communities. He will be providing an overview of his research, and will participate in a Q&A about alcohol and other drug issues and the health and wellbeing of affected people.

The forum will kick off at 3:00 pm at SAMESH, located at 57 Hyde Street in the Adelaide CBD. Light refreshments will be served following the event.

Please RSVP at samesh-enquiries@samesh.org.au. If you have any questions, please contact SAMESH at (08) 7099 5300.

Download flyer here drug-forum

‘Five days after’ contraceptive pill launched by RU486 supplier

Sydney Morning Herald, April 27, 2016 – 12:01AM

An emergency contraceptive that works up to five days after unprotected sex has been launched by Australia’s sole supplier of medical abortion drug RU486.

The EllaOne pill, from non-profit pharmaceutical group MS Health, is available from Wednesday.

Read more here

Australia’s annual report card on HIV, hepatitis and STIs

Guardian, 14 September 2015

Australia’s HIV contraction stabilises but 1,000 a year still return positive tests:

The number of Australians contracting HIV has stabilised but about a thousand people a year are still returning positive tests, and about a quarter of those people have had the virus for at least four years without realising it.

The latest report card on the nation’s sexual health, by the University of New South Wales’s Kirby Institute, is a mixed bag. It is the nineteenth annual review of available surveillance data pertaining to the occurrence of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia.

  • Read more here
  • Download 2015 Annual Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs here
  • Download 2015 Aboriginal Surveillance Report of HIV, viral hepatitis, STIs here


Mental health issues may increase HIV risk among gay, bisexual men

Reuters, Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:03am EST

Gay and bisexual men are at increased risk of acquiring the [HIV] if they have mental health problems, according to a new study.

Read more here