It’s the pill that you can take to reduce your risk of contracting HIV – and Australians now have access to PrEP online with a prescription from their doctor.
Australian trails are still underway on the use of PrEP to combat the transmission of HIV within our communities, and similar trials are ending overseas with researchers confident of the drug’s success.
While many still debate the merit of using pre-exposure prophylaxis, a new local information pack has been released informing people how they can purchase the game-changing drug online.
If you’re interested in taking one pill a day to protect yourself from contracting HIV, the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine (ASHM) has released a report which outlines a number of ways PReP can be accessed – including how you can also personally import the drug in person or via mail.
The document was created for those in the medical profession who may be consulted about PrEP, and the ASHM recommends that any individual considering PrEP talk to an experienced physician in HIV management. Truvada is a pharmaceutical with potential side effects and care should be taken with its prescription.
Pornhub, the website most visited by your friends who claim to have never heard of it, is branching out from its original specialty (porn) and its secondary specialty (comedy) into new ground: Technology.
This week, the X-rated powerhouse introduced Wankband, a new wearable technology that will charge your favorite gadgets while you jerk off, so you can “save the planet while doing what you do best.”
The best part about Wankband is that it’s actually not a joke.
On Thursday, Facebook announced a new policy designed to resolve the perpetually vexed issue of online gender identification: Starting soon, users will be permitted to write in their own gender identity, unconstrained by a prepopulated list. This change arrives about a year after Facebook added more than 50 custom gender options for users to choose from. Under the new policy, users can maintain the identity they chose from that list—but they’ll also be permitted to get creative.
Facebook’s quest to permanently solve the gender problem is admirable. It is also doomed.
When Graham Moore won the Oscar last night for Best Adapted Screenplay for his writing work on The Imitation Game, he tried—to his credit—to make a socially conscious and heartfelt acceptance speech. My Outward colleague June Thomas parsed Moore’s words quickly thereafter, praising his attempt to use the platform to say something...
Even though a movie about a gay man is up for multiple Academy Awards on Sunday, depictions of LGBT life remain rare in mainstream film. But if you think it's dismal now, imagine growing up in the middle of the 20th century, when queer characters were either invisible or typically depicted as suicidal or psychotic. A few filmmakers were brave enough to feature gay characters that weren't cautionary tales. These were few and far between. Here are some of the pre-AIDS era movies you probably haven't heard of, but are more than worthy of your Netflix queue — even if just to see how far we've come.
SAME-sex couples in Victoria who want to adopt children are now one step closer to having their dreams realised with the Victorian Government today announcing a review of family laws that could legislate for equality.
As part of the review process, the government has invited public submissions to permit adoption of children by same-sex couples under Victorian law.
Social accommodation company Airbnb has further pushed the pink envelope, after it revealed its float in the Mardi Gras parade will be a house one couple can win a night’s stay in.
Already a major sponsor of the Mardi Gras festival, the company is now seeking to further capitalise on its sponsorship by making its float a brand activation in its own right with a house that comes with a glitter cannon for a chimney and neon lights.
PERSISTENCE has paid off for the Brisbane LGBTIQ Action Group (BLAG) after it was announced that the rainbow flag will be flown over Brisbane City Hall for this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).
Following months of petitioning, meetings and the issue being raised in Brisbane City Council chambers, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk revealed yesterday that the flag — a symbol of LGBTI pride— would be raised at the Brisbane icon for the first time.
The polls, in fact, show that about half of likely GOP caucus and primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina said they find opposition to gay marriage either "mostly" or "totally" unacceptable in a candidate. Fifty-two percent of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire and South Carolina said opposing gay marriage is either mostly or totally unacceptable, while 47 percent of likely Iowa caucus voters agree.
The Public Editor at the New York Times, Margaret Sullivan, wrote two pieces last week regarding how the Times will take on transgender issues and language. Written with Sullivan’s typical measured empathy, the pieces are a fascinating look at how institutions have to learn, grow, and change in order to serve communities that are evolving past traditional ideas of language and style.
Before we get to the map and list of the average erect penis sizes for 80 countries worldwide, here are some notable findings:
-The proper way to measure is from tip of the penis to the very bottom of the pubic bone. -The global average is 5.5 inches. -The most well hung country in our study is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (aka Congo), with an average of 7.1 inches. -On average, South America is the most well hung continent (6.36 inches). -North Korea has the smallest dick size on average (3.8 inches). -Only 3 percent of men worldwide are over 8 inches. Only 6 percent of men actually need extra large condoms. -Of the 80 countries included, the U.S. ranks #61 in average erect penis size.
When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching equality for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay.
To an extent that would have been unthinkable in past elections, one of the leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination has stocked his inner circle with advisers who are vocal proponents of gay rights. And while the Bush camp says his platform will not be shaped by his lieutenants’ personal beliefs, many in the monied, moderate, corporate wing of the GOP — including pragmatic donors, secular politicos, and other members of the establishment — are cheering the early hires as a sign that Bush will position himself as the gay-friendly Republican in the 2016 field.
CITY of Sydney councillor and self-confessed “regular lesbian about town” Christine Forster has opened up about her personal life and relationship with her brother Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an interview with SBS 2’s The Feed.
Forster, who met her partner Virginia Edwards in 2003 where they both had sons attending the same school, said publicly coming out was a big decision.
“We were both married, and that meant we had to make very difficult decisions about our husbands and what that meant for our children,” she told SBS journalist and Mardi Gras TV co-host Patrick Abboud. Forster said that when she came out, out of all her immediate family members, Abbott was the most supportive.
The Food and Drug Administration is currently revising its policies to end the unscientific and discriminatory ban on gay blood donation. This is good news. Under the new rules, however, gay men will only be permitted to donate blood if they have been celibate for a full year. This is bad news. But in a new PSA for GLAAD, Alan Cumming of The Good Wife fame encourages the gay community to make the best of it by taking the fun, sexy celibacy challenge.
Twinks are more likely to have higher rates of smoking and alcohol consumption in comparison to other young gay men, according to a study conducted by the Australian Research Centre for Sexual Health and Society (ARCSHS).
The study surveyed over 1,000 gay men aged 18-39 and asked if they identified with a gay ‘subculture’, with the two most common being Twinks (20%) and Cubs (9%), with 56% who did not identify with any subculture.
Dan Innis, the married gay man who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in New Hampshire, was confirmed to be a member of the state Republican Party’s leadership on Monday night.
New Hampshire Republican Party Chair Jennifer Horn appointed Innis to the finance chair position of the state party on Monday.
According to a news release, Innis’ appointment was supported by the two Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation: Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Frank Guinta — who defeated Innis in the Republican primary last year.
The role could place Innis in the spotlight as presidential candidates make their way to the state in advance of the state’s 2016 presidential primary.
Mike Bowers says he is a different man today than he was 30 years ago, when he went to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep Georgia’s sodomy ban alive. Bowers talks with BuzzFeed News about religious liberty bills, marriage equality, and the 1986 sodomy ban case that bears his name.
GROUNDBREAKING results from an Australian-first study of HIV transmission in serodiscordant couples indicate a very low risk of transmission when the HIV-positive partner is receiving effective treatment.
The Kirby Institute’s Opposites Attract study reported zero HIV transmissions between men in serodiscordant couples — where one is HIV-positive and one is HIV-negative — where the HIV-positive partner is on treatment with an undetectable viral load
The first time every Australian university has been examined in this way, researchers put themselves in the position of prospective students looking for publicly-available information online.
“It is clear that some Australian universities are going to significant lengths to include LGBTI people… and the fact that some universities are moving beyond tolerance to active engagement with LGBTI students is very pleasing,” GLRL co-convenor Justin Koonin says.
“Others have a way to go, and we hope that this guide will provide a road map for these universities on where they could improve.”
The Imitation Game, up for eight Academy Awards on Sunday, gave us a glimpse into the life of Alan Turing, a codebreaker who helped turn the tide of World War II for the Allies. Turing (pictured above) was a gay man who left the world a better place, but like so many LGBT heroes, he was forced to live a closeted life that denied him the full pleasure of his achievements and success. While Turing is now finally getting his due — last year, the Queen of England officially pardoned him, lifting his 1952 conviction for homosexuality — there are others like him worthy of recognition.
Researchers say that they have developed an HIV treatment capable of blocking infection in monkeys for more than 40 weeks after being administered. The results, reported today in Nature, appear so promising that the researchers believe it may be able to work as an effective HIV vaccine. The research was led from the Scripps Research Institute.
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