An article written by my colleague Dr Matthew Roberts
Dr Fiona Bisshop
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There is now local transmission of MPX (Monkeypox) in Qld. If you're going to Pride this weekend in Brisbane, think about how you might protect yourself - it won't be obvious if someone you're hooking up with has MPX (and they probably won't know themselves), lesions can be inside the rectum or mouth and therefore not visible. Avoiding really close physical contact, using condoms if you have anal sex, maybe considering alternative ways of having fun, all these things can help! #monkeypox #MPX #brisbanepridefestival
If you don’t have tickets to this then I’m sorry. Look, it had everything - Greek myths, giant bear puppets, aero acrobatics, beautiful gender fluid actors, homoeroticism and a live soundtrack to die for, sung on stage by @actualmontaigne - an amazing experience! Thanks @deadpuppetsociety for a wonderful evening! We are currently pining for the centaur! ❤️
Time to replenish my scent library! Did you know that olfactory memories (the memories from your nose) are the strongest? Probably something to do with the olfactory nerve being the shortest pathway to your brain, connecting your nose with your amygdala (the emotional centre of your brain) and the hippocampus (where memories are stored). A study of women at Brown university showed more brain activity when smelling a perfume with which they associated a positive memory. I’ve been giving perfume samples to trans women and trans femme people on the day they start gender affirming hormone therapy, hoping that they will be able to associate that scent with a really positive and happy experience. I would like to give them to the trans masc peeps as well, but I’m conscious that there is a bias around perfumes/scents being more for feminine people. Which I think is rubbish. We all deserve to smell beautiful! Maybe everyone should get a scent to celebrate their special day! Tell me your thoughts as a masculine person. Personally I prefer the traditionally masculine scents anyway. I always give high end samples, no cheap high street brands - I get my samples from @libertineparfumerie who are amazing! On someone’s special day they deserve something extra special right?
Yesterday at #HIVAIDS2022 #SH2022 I had the opportunity to present the AusPATH Informed Consent Standards of Care for Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy. Gender affirmation is a key social determinant of health. Whatever healthcare we are trying to deliver, if we do not centre gender affirmation in the consultation then we have failed this patient. Informed consent unapologetically centres the trans person - only they can know their gender. Acknowledgements to many people who worked on these guidelines, including P Cundill, @jezwiggins Adam Brownhill, Peter Locke, the Equinox clinic, @ThorneHarbour @ACONhealth Teddy Cook @thatcub and so many more! And thanks to @CallenLorde whose protocols formed the basis for the original Equinox guideline.
I’m at the Joint Australasian HIV&AIDS + Sexual Health Conferences the next couple of days, being held at the currently not so sunny and rather rainy Sunshine Coast in Qld. I have a few hats on at this meeting (even though there’s no sun 🤣) - I attended a meeting of the national MPX (monkeypox) task force, I’m presenting the AusPATH Informed Consent guidelines later today,, and will also be on the HIV treatment guidelines panel in the last session. There’s so much important content at this meeting. You can follow my Twitter feed for details @DrFionaBisshop
Will you look at the size of him! I can’t believe he’s my baby boy! Harry came over to visit his mothers tonight and was treated to one of Gwyneth’s amazing roast dinners. Such a lucky boy. He entertained us with his favourite YouTube film of Homer’s Iliad sung in Ancient Greek (didn’t understand a word but very soothing!) and an ancient Sumerian song from the Epic of Gilgamesh. Then discussed our favourite cathedrals around the world and make a list of the ones we want to visit. Finished off with him playing us his favourite Scandinavian death metal tunes 🤣🤣🤣 - it’s all about balance 😂😂😂