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Performance and Image Enhancing Drugs

Steroids, hormones, peptides - performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use isn't just the realm of bodybuilders and elite athletes. In fact, PIEDs may even be more commonplace in our LGBTI communities than you think. For this episode of Well, Well, Well, Cal talks to Dr Renae Fomiatti and Emily Lenton from the National Drug Research Institute's Social Studies of Addiction Concepts Program at Curtin University. With a discussion around who is using PIEDs and what are some of the serious...


STI Testing Week

STI Testing Week In the past decade, the number Chlamydia cases have doubled and the number of Gonorrhoea cases are nearly eight times what they were. Wow! This week's show kicks off just before the start of STI Testing Week, which officially runs from the 9th to the 16th of September. The overall aim of STI Testing Week is to increase testing rates amongst all sexually active LGBTIQ individuals by encouraging them to test as well as reducing stigma around STI Testing. Jessie along with her...


Bisexual Health and Visibility

Bisexual health and well-being is in focus this week due to#BiVisibilityDay coming Sunday September 23. Michael and Renee focus some attention on the 'B' in LGBTI in the lead to the day. We talk to Triple Bi-Pass and Melbourne Bisexual Network's Ruby Mountford about what visibility means for bisexual people. We chat about events and resources available to support bisexual, pansexual, and multi gender attracted people. We'd certainly be remiss not to talk about the most noteworthy celebrities...


End of Hate & ElectroGirl

Today the Human Rights Law Centre released End the Hate: Responding to prejudice motivated speech & violence against the LGBTI community. Cal Hawk sits down with HRLC's Lee Carnie to unpack the issues surrounding hate crimes, hate speech, and hate conduct alongside recommendations for how we can improve things for our LGBTI communities. To read up on the report, head to: hrlc.org.au. Later in the show, Lainie Chait chats about ElectroGirl here one-woman show on as part of the Melbourne...


Purple for LGBTI Youth

Friday 31 August means Wear it Purple day nears in Australia as we dress in purple to show solidarity for our LGBTI Youth. But Why? Renee and Jacinta from Thorne Harbour Health (FKA VAC) chat with Brock Galway from Wear it Purple, Dr Karen Hallam senior research fellow at YSAS and clinical psychologist working with young people and Garth Parkhill from Thorne Harbour on the new YouTH program recently launched to unpack what wear it purple is about and what we can do as part of the day....


Tribute to Jim Hyde

For the recent Legacy Series on Well, Well, Well, Cal Hawk talked to a handful of living legends about the community response to HIV and AIDS in Australia. Sadly, the community lost one of those legends with the passing of Jim Hyde. While a portion of Jim's interview was included in the legacy series, additional content never went to air — until now. This Jim Hyde tribute episode features clips with Jim about coming to Melbourne in the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, community leadership,...


Cervical Screening for LGBTIQ Folks

Renee and Rachel from Thorne Harbour Health catch up with Judy Slape from Cancer Council Victoria. they discuss all things cervical screening and cervical cancer for LGBTIQ folks. Listen in to hear what cervical screening is, who needs one and how often they're required. Understand what cervical screening looks like, what they test for and how to be in control of your next experience.


A Week Of Leather

Gear up for community, and A Week of Leather! Michael and Jessie are joined by two amazing guests to discuss the intersections of the leather community and women living with HIV. Every year the sash bearer of the Laird Hotel's coveted Laird Leatherman title is given a community platform to host events, and promote community connectivity, and often raises awareness and funds for some worthy causes. Over the past 12 months, the current (and soon to be outgoing) Laird Leatherman, James...


AIDS 2018 Conference – Part II

AIDS 2018 - Part II The International AIDS Conference occurs every two years somewhere around the globe. This year AIDS 2018 is held in Amsterdam. Many people may recall Melbourne hosting the event just four years ago – AIDS 2014. Our latest episode marks the closing of AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam, and Michael and Cal wrap up on some highlights from the conference. The conference offers an opportunity for the international HIV and AIDS community to gather to find out the latest developments in...


AIDS 2018 Conference – Part I

AIDS 2018 - Part I The International AIDS Conference occurs every two years somewhere around the globe. This year AIDS 2018 is held in Amsterdam. Many people may recall Melbourne hosting the event just four years ago – AIDS 2014. Our latest episode marks the opening day of AIDS 2018 in Amsterdam. The conference offers an opportunity for the international HIV and AIDS community to gather to find out the latest developments in the global response to the epidemic. Well, Well, Well's Cal was at...


LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference

Kia Kaha - Stay Strong! This episode begins with poet Gabrielle Journey Jones rapping about the things that make conference delegates feel resilient. Renee is joined in the studio by Kayla Larson, together wrapping up the recent Thorne Harbour Health led LGBTIQ Women's Health Conference. What a time to be a Queer woman! Kayla coordinated the conference on July 12/13 where Thorne Harbour saw the biggest attendance yet, with around 500 women from all around Australia over two days. Renee and...


Introducing Thorne Harbour Health

At their 35th Anniversary event on Saturday 7 July, the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) announced they have changed their name to Thorne Harbour Health. As Australia's oldest HIV/AIDS charity and one of the country's largest LGBTI health organisations, this change has prompted a lot of interest from our gender, sex, and sexuality diverse communities. Thorne Harbour Health's President Chad Hughes along with longstanding LGBTI community advocates and fellow Thorne Harbour Health Board members,...


Carrying on in the Worst of It (VAC Legacy Series)

In this fourth episode of the VAC legacy series, we look at the community response to HIV and AIDS at time when accessing effective treatment was near impossible and AIDS related deaths were at an all time high. How did our community cope at this time in the HIV and AIDS epidemic? Cal Hawk talks to Bill O'Loughlin, Maureen O'Brien, Bruce Parnell, Sue Stone, David Menadue, Tony Keenan, and Dr David Bradford about this incredible difficult time - but also a time of incredible displays of...


PrEP on Demand

PrEP isn't just in demand in Victoria, it's now On Demand! Michael chats with sexual health physician Dr. Vincent Cornelisse about Australia recently updating their guidelines to not just recommend PrEP be taken daily, but also 'on demand' or during events or periods of risk. On Demand PrEP can be taken as a course of 2 pills, 2-24 hours before sex, another pill 24 hours later, and a fourth and final pill 24 hours after that. Keeping up? That's just 4 pills to prevent HIV. If you're not...


The Political Landscape of HIV and AIDS (VAC Legacy Series)

For this third episode in the VAC legacy series, Cal continues this look back on the community-led response to HIV and AIDS in Victoria and how our community navigated the political landscape to see action. Who were are our political allies and how did the creation of the Gay Men's Community Health Centre come into being? From anti-testing policies and 'safe sex', bold decisions were made and sometimes adapted in response to the changing landscape of HIV and AIDS into the late 1980s and...



HTLV-1 It's been reported as the cousin to HIV affecting remote communities in Australia, with up to 40% of some communities affected. So why don't we know as much about HTLV-1 as its distant relative, HIV? Michael talks with Damian Purcell, the Head of Molecular Virology Laboratory, The University of Melbourne at the Doherty Institute to unpack exactly what this virus is, how it relates to the HIV epidemic here in Australia, and what we need to consider. We unpack the epidemiology of the...


Couldn’t Have Done That With a Hangover

ReThink the Drink is a new project that seeks to inspire alcohol culture change among lesbian, bisexual and queer (LBQ) women in Victorian regional and rural areas. Studies* have shown that some LBQ women enjoy a few too many drinks, enough to cause a hangover (from time to time) and we think it's time we did something about it. Renee Speaks with Rachel Cook to find out about the campaign and the upcoming LGBTIQ Women's health conference in July. More info vac.org.au/rethinkthedrink...


Activism and Advocacy (VAC Legacy Series)

As Victoria started to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, the advocacy and activism of the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC) was complemented by the rise of groups like the AZT taskforce and the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power - ACT UP. In this second episode of the VAC Legacy Series on Well, Well, Well, Cal Hawk talks with longstanding HIV/AIDS and LGBTIQ activists Jamie Gardiner, Chris Gill, Phil Carswell, Colin Batrouney, and Alison Thorne to take a closer look at the community action...


PARTI Project: Knowing Your Drugs and Staying Safe

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Positive Voices Panel

In an age of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and understanding that an undetectable viral load means HIV is untransmittable (U=U) — what does it mean to be living with HIV in Australia today. This week Cal Hawk talks to Daniel and Anth (two members of Living Positive Victoria's Positive Speakers Bureau) about their experiences living with HIV for a "Positive Voices" episode. Whether you want more info about U=U, want a better understanding of HIV stigma, or what to hear from other members of...