‘I want control over my body’: Transgender kids in landmark court win

SMH, 30 November 2017
Author: Miki Perkins
“But in a landmark decision on Thursday, the full bench of the Family Court ruled young people who experience gender dysphoria and want to undergo hormone treatment would no longer need the approval of the court. Until this ruling, Australia was the only country in the world that required court involvement in stage 2 hormone decision-making.”
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Transgender health: a call to make the “invisible”, visible

MJA Insight, 27 November 2017
Author: Jason Ong
“DESPITE recent media attention thrusting transgender celebrities into the spotlight, the transgender population largely remains “invisible”. This is reflected in how researchers have struggled to accurately define the transgender population, and how legal systems have not protected their human rights. The danger of being “invisible” is that you can be ignored or not acknowledged and, at the cruel extreme, not “exist” in the eyes of society, which has led to unacceptable health disparities.”
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The emergence of ethical issues in the provision of online sexual health outreach for gay, bisexual, two-spirit and other men who have sex with men: perspectives of online outreach workers

BMC Medical Ethics 2017 18:59
Authors: Sophia Fantus, Rusty Souleymanov, Nathan J. Lachowsky, David J. Brennan
“Mobile applications and socio-sexual networking websites are used by outreach workers to respond synchronously to questions and provide information, resources, and referrals on sexual health and STI/HIV prevention, testing, and care to gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GB2M). This exploratory study examined ethical issues identified by online outreach workers who conduct online sexual health outreach for GB2M.”
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Firearm Surrender Laws: Prompting Promise for Women’s Health

Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(8):591-592
Authors: Joslyn Fisher, Amy Bonomi
“Homicide is a leading cause of death in women of childbearing age. Further, more than half of female homicides with a known perpetrator are committed by a current or former intimate partner. Firearm access in the home exacerbates the risk for homicide by an intimate partner. Although federal legislation, such as the Violence Against Women Act, restricts domestic abusers’ access to firearms, state and local implementation of these regulations is highly variable.”
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Stigma and lack of awareness stop young people testing for sexually transmitted infections

The Conversation, 29 June 2017
Author: Hayley Denison
“Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have afflicted humans for as long as records exist, but despite significant medical advances, we are not managing to keep them at bay. Instead, we see rising infection rates and even the re-emergence of some old foes, including syphilis. Young people are disproportionately affected by STIs. In New Zealand, 67% of chlamydia cases and 57% of gonorrhoea cases are among people between the ages of 15 and 24. This is not solely due to sexual behaviour. Researchers identified several barriers that stop young people from being tested for STIs.”
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France to legislate on assisted reproduction: spokesman

Reuters, 28 June 2017
Authors: Jean-Baptiste Vey, Brian Love and Andrew Roche
“The French government wants to give lesbian couples and single women access to assisted reproduction, a government spokesman said on Wednesday, setting the scene for a major extension of gay rights under new President Emmanuel Macron. French law currently restricts techniques such as artificial insemination using donated sperm to heterosexual couples. The National Consultative Committee on Ethics (CCNE) said on Tuesday it was in favor of extending medically assisted procreation to female couples and single women.”
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Public Health ordered to use gender-neutral terms

The Guam Daily Post, 16 June 2017
Author: John O’Connor
“The Department of Public Health and Social Services has been ordered by the Superior Court of Guam to update its record system and forms, including birth certificates, so that they are gender neutral. The department will have 30 days from May 31 to enact the changes and will make gender-neutral birth certificates available to same-sex parents who did not receive certificates correctly identifying both of them in the past.”
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Michigan Case Adds U.S. Dimension to Debate on Genital Mutilation

NYT, 10 June 2017
Author: Pam Belluck
“As more details emerge about the first-ever charges of female genital mutilation in the United States, the case is opening a window onto a small immigrant community, while stirring impassioned discussion about genital cutting among women who have experienced it.”
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Safe space for illegal drug consumption in Baltimore would save $6 million a year

Eurekalert, 25 May 2017
Source: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
“A new cost-benefit analysis conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and others suggests that $6 million in costs related to the opioid epidemic could be saved each year if a single “safe consumption” space for illicit drug users were opened in Baltimore. It would also reduce overdose deaths, HIV and hepatitis C infections, overdose-related ambulance calls and hospitalizations – and bring scores of people into treatment, they found.”
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