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Living with HIV & the COVID Vaccination Program Roll Out

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People living with HIV are now eligible to access the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1b rollout of the Australian COVID19 vaccination roll out plan. The Australian Government has confirmed that all individuals living in Australia are eligible for a free vaccination – this includes people without a Medicare card and people who are undocumented.  Unfortunately, it is a little trickier to find the information than... Read more

Anal Cancer Awareness Day 2021

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On Sunday 21 March 2021, it was Anal Cancer Awareness Day. This day aims to raise awareness about this not-often talked about form of cancer. It also aims to break down the stigma associated with anal cancer. In the general population, anal cancer is relatively rare – however it is much more common in men who have sex with men (MSM), people with HIV and women. So what can we all do to protect ourselves? If... Read more

Queensland COVID-19 Vaccination Roll Out for People with HIV

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Queensland has been successful with containing the spread of COVID-19. It’s now reassuring to know that there are vaccines to prevent acquisition of COVID19 and the development of serious illness and hospitalisation. The good news is that people with HIV, regardless of health status are near the front of the queue. Two vaccines are currently available in Australia: the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. It has been... Read more

QPP COVID-19 Community Update – 23rd December 2020

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Happy Holidays Everyone! With this eventful year wrapping up, we would like to acknowledge the determination and courage demonstrated by everyone in our community. This year we have faced unprecedented challenges and in these uncertain times, we have rallied together and have persevered to ensure that our community, and the whole of Queensland, could return to some sort of normality for the holiday season. While we... Read more

2020 Wrap-up – Happy Holidays

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Happy holidays everyone! With this eventful year wrapping up, we would like to acknowledge the determination and courage demonstrated by everyone in our community. In these uncertain times, we have rallied together and have persevered to ensure that our community, and the whole of Queensland, could return to some sort of normality for the holiday season. This year has provided many challenges for people in all walks... Read more

World AIDS Day Interview with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio

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On December 1, Chris Howard (Executive Programs Manager) sat down with Kelly Higgins-Devine on ABC Radio Evenings exploring latest treatments for HIV/AIDS. As the planet marks World AIDS Day, what's the latest on treatment for people with the disease - both socially and medically? [audio mp3="https://www.qpp.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/aan-2020-12-01-world-aids-day.mp3"][/audio] Visit ABC Radio to hear the... Read more

COVID-19 Vaccine: What do we know?

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Many of you would have heard that two major pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have announced that their COVID-19 vaccines are nearly ready for distribution. This is great news for everyone! However, there is some confusion around this latest announcement – this is largely relating to the wording used by major media outlets. Pfizer announced that their COVID-19 vaccine has “an efficacy rate above... Read more

Diabetes, COVID-19 and People with HIV

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Diabetes In recent weeks, we have discussed the topic of the most common comorbidities for people with HIV. Diabetes is one of these conditions and having diabetes places you at moderate risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Most diabetes is either classified as type 1 or type 2 - there are also rare genetic diabetic syndromes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed during childhood. Type 2 diabetes can develop later... Read more

Mental Health and Wellbeing

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Human beings are social creatures - we have a natural need to have a meaningful connection with others. Due to COVID-19, your ability to have or develop these connections may have been negatively impacted over the last few months. This may have meant you experienced increased loneliness, anxiety, and depression. With R U Okay Day and Mental Health Week taking place recently, the topic of mental wellbeing might be still... Read more