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Standing Up For People With Mental Illness - The Healthy Bear

Standing Up For People With Mental Illness - The Healthy Bear | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
Do you know how to care for a friend in a mental illness crisis. Suicide can be dangerous. Click to learn how you can save a life.
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Despite mental illness being so common, huge stigma is attatched to depression, anxiety and suicide. Click to watch a video on how you can help stop the suffering in silence.

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HIV Testing FAQ Powered by RebelMouse

HIV Testing FAQ Powered by RebelMouse | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
In this article I hope share and answer some of the more common questions related to HIV testing. There are a lot of myths and inaccurate information circulated about HIV so I hope that these may serve as a way to help reduce anxiety and encourage people to get tested, and if HIV positive to conside... Powered by RebelMouse
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Get A Rapid HIV Test: Can You Get HIV From Oral Sex?

I know I have covered this question multiple times however one of the most frequent questions I am asked is "Can I get HIV from oral sex?".
To be clear, the answer in almost all cases is no.... There are some potential causes and you can hear and see me talk about them here in this video: https://vimeo.com/117363956

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I've covered this many times however it's important to be able to reassure people that it's very difficult for HIV transmission in oral sex.
By far the biggest cause of HIV transmission in the western world is unprotected anal sex, anal sex without a condom with a HIV positive partner.
The sad fact is that almost a third of people living with HIV don't even know they are living with HIV. This is why it's so important to get a regular sexual health check.
All patients that come to see me for a rapid test I always encourage to get other sexual health checks and these can include gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and hepatitis testing.

Take control of your sexual health and ensure you are looking after the health of your partners.

Get tested every year or sooner if you have more than 10 partners.

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现在就在墨尔本市中心得到快速HIV测试 - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests

现在就在墨尔本市中心得到快速HIV测试 - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
Era Health很高兴能够在墨尔本市中心提供快速HIV测试。您可以检测HIV,并在30分钟内得到结果。 George Forgan-Smith医生可以为寻找HIV或艾滋病检测的男性和女性们提供一个全方位的保密服务。他也提供全面的性健康及其它医疗检查。 快速HIV检测是第四代Alere™快速HIV检测,可提供精准可靠的测试结果,因此您可以在较短的时间内知道自己是否有HIV感染。 如果您正在寻找独立的,保密的医生一定要致电到位于墨尔本市中心的Era Health,10分钟步行至墨尔本唐人街。 请致电(03) 9944 6200,与Forgan-Smith医生预约您的测试。
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Common Questions: What Are The Symptoms Of AIDS - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests

Common Questions: What Are The Symptoms Of AIDS - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
One of the most common consultations I have is when people have recently had a potential exposure to HIV and they are worried they may have the symptoms of AIDS. Aids.gov has a great summary: What are the symptoms of AIDS Within 2-4 weeks after HIV infection, many, but not all, people experience flu-like symptoms, often described …
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While early HIV can have some severe symptoms it's important to note that these can also be caused by a variety of other viruses or other medical causes. For this reason I have always recommended seeing a doctor to talk about HIV risks and concerns.

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What To Expect In A Men’s Sexual Health Exam | Men's Health Doctor

What To Expect In A Men’s Sexual Health Exam | Men's Health Doctor | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
In the same way you have your car in for a regular tune up it’s an important that all guys who are sexually active get a regular men’s sexual health exam. While some sexually transmitted infections may have obvious signs, some sexual infections can have mild or even unnoticeable symptoms. Left untreated some infections can …
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A quick guide to men's sexual health checkups and what to expect when visiting your men's sexual health doctor.

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A Guide To Getting A Men's Health Checkup

Many men live busy lives and can find making time to see the doctor a difficult proposition. I wanted to share some information on what to expect and how to prepare for a men's health checkup.
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Sadly many men avoid getting a regular health checkup. Today I wanted to share a quick guide on what to expect when you get a mens health check up. Included are:



There are many health issues that can be resolved if detected early which is why I encourage all men to get to know a regular doctor they feel comfortable with.


If you are a gay male it's expecially important to find a gay friendly doctor who you feel comfortable with. Gay men have some additional health issues that it's important are not neglected with regular health reviews.


Dr George Forgan-Smith

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Men's Health Problems: What Are The Symptoms Of Prostate Cancer? | Men's Health Doctor

Of the many men’s health problems, the biggest concerns some men have is prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a disease where the prostate gland’s cells start to replicate and grown in an uncontrolled manner. This can then spread to other parts of the body if left undetected. The other main condition of the prostate is “benign prostatic hyperplasia” or BPH for short. 

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A quick guide to the most common symptoms of changes in the prostate gland, a common men's health problem.

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What To Expect In A Men's Health Checkup? | Men's Health Doctor

What To Expect In A Men's Health Checkup? | Men's Health Doctor | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it

Imagine you had a car. Now you loved that car but you’ve noticed a loud clunk that happens whenever you changed gears. Almost all car owners would go to see their mechanic straight away, let’s face it, catching a clunk early can mean the difference between a $200 trip to the mechanic rather that losing thousands of dollars spent on preventable damage to the engine.


While most men are more than happy to see their mechanic early, why not the same for their health? 

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A quick guide on what to expect in a men's health checkup

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What Does Undetectable Viral Load Mean? - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests

What Does Undetectable Viral Load Mean? - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
In a recent article from Poz Magazine: With the news spreading across the Web of the PARTNER study showing that no HIV-positive individual with an undetectable viral load has transmitted HIV within the first two years of the study, HIV-positive men are tossing out their condoms and celebrating. All online profiles are immediately being changed to …
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Undetectable viral load has been shown to have huge benefits for HIV positive people's health. Recent studies have shown that a person with undetectable viral load is not able to transmit the HIV virius.

While this is fantastic news HIV prevention still needs to be in place with safe sex practices and regular HIV testing.

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Giant inflatable 'sex toy' sculpture in Paris is meant to be a Christmas tree

Giant inflatable 'sex toy' sculpture in Paris is meant to be a Christmas tree | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
This inflatable “Christmas tree” erected in Paris is making passers-by feel a little uncomfortable.
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Well if nothing else it may help raise the awareness of butt plug safety. :) 

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What Is The HIV Window Period?

HIV can be tricky to detect in its early phase. Most HIV testing technology tests not directly for the HIV virus but the reaction your body has to infection with the HIV virus. The window period is the time between infeciton with HIV and the ability for this infection to be detected.
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Understanding the HIV window period can be tricky and it's important to know the limits of modern tests when it comes to detecting HIV infection early. You can learn more about HIV's window period by review this video & article: Understanding The Window Period Of HIV

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How Accurate Are Rapid HIV Tests? · drgeorgefs · Storify

The new 4th generation rapid HIV tests are highly accurate when used in the clinical setting. When used outside of the window period, more than 90 days after exposure to HIV, a negative result is 100% accurate. Larn more about rapid HIV testing by visiting http://www.melbournerapidhivtests.com.au
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If you are considering getting a HIV test but find the wait a little too stressful, Dr George Forgan-Smith a gay GP in Melbourne is now able to offer screening HIV tests and a result in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to contact Era Health to learn more.

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Dr George Forgan-Smith Gay Doctor In Melbourne

Dr George Forgan-Smith is a gay doctor in Melbourne Australia.

Dr George has created a practice base on Bourke St in Melbourne's CBD offering comprehensive care for men's health, gay men's health, mental health and HIV care.  http://thehealthybear.com/about

 

 

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Dr George is a proud gay doctor in melbourne caring for many issues of health within the gay community including mental health, sexual health, STI testing, rapid HIV testing and HIV care.

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Get A Rapid HIV Test: A Quick Guide To Rapid HIV Testing

For many people they have two questions that are most important to them. First is "how accurate is the rapid HIV test" and second is "what is the window period".
I feel it's important to understand window period to gain a better understanding to how accurate a HIV test can be. Without knowing when to get tested results can be very skewed.

Please visit this page if you wish to book an appointment with myself, Dr George Forgan-Smith

http://melbournerapidhivtests.com.au/rapid-hiv-test-melbourne/booking-appointment/

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Many people believe that they can rely on things like the symptoms of AIDS to know if they or their sexual partners are living with HIV. In western society this is a fallacy.
What we know is that many people are living with HIV with no symptoms at all. For this reason it's vital to make sure you are having regular HIV testing as well as full sexual health screening.


Thankfully the Alere 4th generation rapid HIV test is a very accurate and useful tool when it comes to early HIV infection detection. One of it's key features is its a sensitive test that can detect HIV infection as early as 14 days.


We know that around one third of people currently infected with the HIV virus are not even aware of their infection. Again this is why regular HIV testing is important for all sexually active men and women.


Sure the cost of a HIV test can be a visit to the doctor and fee for HIV test, however knowing your status, knowing your sexual health is vital to lead a happy and healthy sexual expressive person.


I urge you to get tested on a regular basis and learn as much as you can about HIV and sexual health.


http://thehealthybear.com/hiv-faq is a fantastic resource for information about HIV.



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Get A Rapid HIV Test: What Is The Window Period Of HIV?

A quick guide to what the window period is for rapid HIV testing in particular how early the Alere 4th generation rapid HIV test can detect HIV infection noting that there often needs to be a second test done to ensure a person is not HIV positive.

http://rapidhivtest.blogspot.com.au/

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The Alere 4th Gen rapid HIV test is good in that it can detect HIV infection as early as 14 days however as every body is different there will always need to be a second test done at 90 days confirming a person is HIV negative.

Of course if a HIV test comes back positive, further blood needs to be drawn to be sent for laboratory confirmation. The Alere test does have a rare false positive.

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Can I Get HIV Via Oral Sex?

One of the most common questions I am asked as a doctor is based around the risk of oral sex and the transmission of HIV. Today I wanted to address this question and help reduce the fear of catching HIV via oral sex. http://melbournerapidhivtests.com.au
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I have many patients who have significant concerns based around the transmission of HIV via oral sex. I hope these posts can help reduce the anxiety and help people be able to enjoy oral sex with less concerns about the HIV virus. 

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Common Questions: Can I Get HIV From Oral Sex? - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests

Common Questions: Can I Get HIV From Oral Sex? - Melbourne Rapid HIV Tests | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
One of the more common questions I am asked is “Can I get HIV from oral sex?” As noted from the CDC website: Oral sex involves giving or receiving oral stimulation (i.e., sucking or licking) to the penis (fellatio), the vagina (cunnilingus), or the anus (anilingus). HIV can be transmitted during any of these activities, …
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I have many patients who are concerned about the risk of HIV from oral sex. As this article notes the risk of HIV is very low and there are some tips on how you can help reduce your risk of HIV from oral sex.

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Prostate Cancer Screening Guidlines Now Updated · drgeorgefs · Storify

New prostate cancer screening guidelines have been released from the World Cancer Congress recently held in Melbourne Australia
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Prostate cancer screening has finally be clarified with new guidelines developed at the World Cancer Conference held in Melbourne Australia.
For men without symptoms of prostate cancer, PSA testing is advised only between the ages of 50-69 biannually.
DRE or digital rectal exam is no longer recommended in the GP setting.

It's important to note that any man noticing symptoms of prostate cancer should seek medical advise immediately.


Dr George Forgan-Smith  The Healthy Bear

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How Often Should I Get A Men's Health Check Up? | Men's Health Doctor

How Often Should I Get A Men's Health Check Up? | Men's Health Doctor | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it

When it comes to getting a men’s health exam I usually recommend all guys consider getting a check up once a year. This is a great opportunity to have a full “inspection and tune up” like you would have with your car."

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A quick guide to getting a men's health check.

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What Is Involved In A Men's Health Exam? | Men's Health Doctor

What Is Involved In A Men's Health Exam? | Men's Health Doctor | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it

One of the biggest reasons guys will not come to get a men’s health exam is fear of the unknown. Many men are unsure as to what to expect so I hope that this article may help to explain what you can expect if you wish to get a men’s health check

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A quick guide on what to expect if you are getting a men's health examination.

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Men's Health Doctor Melbourne · Dr George Forgan-Smith

Dr George Forgan-Smith is proud to debut his new website http://menshealthdoctormelbourne.net.au
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A shout out for any men who are looking for a men's health doctor in Melbourne's CBD.
I am able to offer comprehensive men's health care including erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, sexual health and prostate issues.

I am also a gay friendly GP if you are worried about some of the more tricky questions. 

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The Parisian Butt Plug Christmas Tree Has Been Destroyed

The Parisian Butt Plug Christmas Tree Has Been Destroyed | Gay Men's Health & News | Scoop.it
Vandals attacked the inflatable piece overnight. Also, someone punched the artist in the face.
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Oh noes! The Parisian butt plug christmas tree has been felled...
Why must people destroy things of such beauty? ;) 

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Tips On Finding A Gay Friendly Doctor by Dr George Forgan-Smith

Looking for a gay friendly doctor? In this video and article Dr George Forgan-Smith shares tips for finding GLBTI friend GP's and doctors. http://thehealthybear.com/about
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Dr George Forgan-Smith shares some tips and tricks on how to find your perfect gay doctor.  While not an easy task, taking the effort to find a doctor you feel safe and comfortable with can help ensure your future health. 
If you are looking for a gay male GP in Melbourne please feel free to contact Dr George @ Era Health in Melbourne's CBD. 

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What Will Happen If A Rapid HIV Test Is Positive? Storify

It's important to understand that the rapid HIV test is a screening test. If there is any reaction on the test additional blood will need to be taken to confirm HIV infection. Your doctor will be able to help guide you obtain these additional tests. http://melbournerapidhivtests.com.au
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If you have had an exposure to HIV there is a chance a rapid HIV test may come back positive. For this reason it's best to have your testing done by an experienced gay friendly doctor. They will be able to help with counselling and additional testing to confirm HIV infection.


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Rapid HIV Tests In Now Available in Melbourne · Storify

Great news that rapid HIV testing is now available in Melbourne's CBD. You can have a result for HIV in under thirty minutes. You can learn more by visiting http://www.melbournerapidhivtests.com.au/
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Dr George Forgan-Smith is pleased to announce that confidential professional rapid HIV testing is now available at Era Health in Melbourne's CBD.

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