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Sex and Travel

Sex and Travel

Australians love to travel. Whether the destination is an island paradise, a cultural trip or backpacker adventure, sex in other cities is part of the experience for many travellers.

Travel-associated sexual adventurism has been implicated in the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV and syphilis. Travellers who acquire new sexual partners while travelling tend to engage in higher risk sexual practices.

In many cases, overseas travellers rquire travel vaccinations, providing an opportunity for the GP to develop a pre-travel risk assessment and to discuss safe sexual practices and STI testing options with travellers.

ASHM - The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine is running a training session for GPs and Practice Nurses in Sydney on February 25th. If you are a health professional, you might want to check it out here

Thanks to the WA Aids Council for allowing ASHM permission to use their name. Check out their excellent website aimed at schoolies and young adults who are planning to travel

Sex in other Cities website

Old wooden panel displays a vintage Reserved sign in the compartment of a steam train



References and further reading:

Zablotska IB, et al. AIDS Behav. 2014;18:1436-42.

Mercer CH, et al. Sex Transm Infect 2007;83:517-522.




Pumping Iron with Haemochromatosis

Pumping Iron with Haemochromatosis



Are you pumping too much iron? Well, it could mean you’re a gym junkie - or it might be that you have haemochromatosis. About 1 in 200 people of northern European origin have risk factors for haemochromatosis and people from Celtic origins are particularly susceptible - which is why haemochromatosis is often call the Celtic Curse.


Haemochromatosis is an inherited iron overload disorder that can cause fatigue, aching joints and mood swings. Absorbing too much iron over a long period can lead to serious liver and pancreatic damage, heart disease, macular degeneration and osteoporosis. But the good news is, it is treatable and as with many other chronic diseases, the earlier haemochromatosis is diagnosed, the better the treatment options.

This week is Haemochromatosis Awareness Week and to help inform and educate, we’ve posted this short animation developed by Haemochromatosis Australia explaining the symptoms, risks and treatment options:





This video is a fantastic resource for GPs and heath professionals when explaining haemochromatosis to newly diagnosed patients.

For more information and other resources including Clinical Guidelines and fact sheets go to Haemochromatosis Australia 



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Haemochromatosis Australia on Facebook


Did you know that famed American author Ernest Hemingway suffered from haemochromatosis? Read an article from Fighting Celtic Curse about Hemingway and his genetic disorder.



Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids

Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids

This week, we welcome Guest Blogger Stephanie Azri - Clinical Social Worker and Author of ‘Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids’

In my work as a clinical social worker, and despite the validity of the current research, I noticed that teachers and parents did not always have the time or opportunity to teach their children the necessary life skills to overcome all the stressors and traumas of life.

A minority of children with, or at risk of, substantial issues were adequately prioritised to receive clinical support. However, a larger number of children with what may be considered ‘routine’ issues, some of whom lacked confidence, communication or positive-thinking skills, were not screened and consequently not supported – they were not clinically ‘depressed’ or ‘oppositional’.

The concept that resilience should be regarded as a preventative notion, teaching fundamental building blocks of skills in a systematic way to all children in routine settings, stood out to me as a current gap. Indeed, resilience building is important for the healthy development of children in the middle years. With a lack of local and affordable services for children with ‘routine’ issues, a new program was released in February 2013. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers and trialled in Logan, Brisbane and Gold Coast since 2011, ‘Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids’ has finally become a resource accessible to any practitioner working with children, parents and carers.

The ‘Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids’ program addresses the issues of resilience in children aged 9-14. Issues such as:

  • self-esteem
  • communication skills
  • positive thinking
  • healthy friendships
  • dealing with anger, stress, anxiety & grief

These crucial resilience skills being taught to children over ten modules. The program comes complete with session plans, worksheets, activity guides, session summaries and superhero comic books to illustrate each skill taught. This imaginative resource is a complete program ideal for teachers, GPs, psychologists, OTs, nurses, therapists, social workers and youth workers working or wanting to work on resilience building with children.

Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids can be ordered from any online bookstore.

For more information or to view a video trailer of the program visit the author’s website