At Pulse Medical, we’re proud to be a gay-friendly clinic that provides services across all areas of LGBTI Health. We offer HIV rapid testing & HIV Management, sexual health, counselling & mental health services, transgender health and we can even help lead you in the right direction for support services such as accommodation assistance, coming out support services, etc. Pulse is also the first practice in QLD to be striving for Rainbow Accreditation.
What is rainbow accreditation?
The rainbow accreditation applies to any organisation that develops and implements LGBTI inclusive practices and demonstrates a commitment to LGBTI inclusion and diversity. At Pulse Medical, any LGBTI patient can feel confident knowing they’ll have access to inclusive services as soon as they step through our doors and be greeted by gay-friendly doctors and staff.
Not only are we a LGBTI health clinic, but we’re also bulk billing, so you can expect no out of pocket expenses for a standard doctor’s appointment if you’re a Medicare cardholder.
When it comes to gay health, the sexual health of our LGBTI patients is always a top priority. Whatever your sexual preference may be, it’s vitally important to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections & see your GP for a sexual health check-up every 3 months.
Our doctors can quickly diagnose and arrange any tests or treatment required for a range of sexual health issues including STD’s & HIV exposure/management. We also administer vaccines to help prevent HPV which is the cause of many cervical cancers and oral cancers.
Along with treatment and vaccinations, our doctors are also happy to offer sexual health advice, so don’t be shy to ask any sexual health questions you may have.
The LGBTI community is disproportionately susceptible to poorer mental health outcomes compared to the wider community, including an increased risk of suicide. Coming to terms with one’s sexuality, facing homophobic attitudes and discrimination, and suffering rejection from the ones you love are all issues that have the potential to cause significant emotional and psychological distress for LGBTI people.
Pulse have both male & female mental health workers who have many years of experience working with the LGBTI community. Some are even LGBTI themselves, so they know what you are going through. Some of the most common issues we see that we can help you with include:
- Coming out
- Depressions & anxiety
- Anger management
- Relationship issues (not just with a partner but friends & family after coming out)
- Confusion about your orientation or gender identity
- Drug & alcohol addictions
- Childhood trauma/abuse & bullying
Whether you need to speak to a counsellor, social worker or psychologist, book an appointment with one of our doctors today to see if you qualify for a bulk-billed mental health care plan referral under Medicare.
Remember there is always help available, so pick up the phone and make an appointment with us to get the conversation started.
Transgender individuals are those who may experience gender non-conforming behaviour or identity, or ‘Gender Dysphoria’. Because of this, Transgender people have a unique set of health concerns and gender-related matters that are separate from the wider LGBTI community.
Pulse understands that a GP’s role is crucial at the first presentation of gender dysphoria, especially when there is already a relationship & trust in place. Pulse will always treat you with respect, discretion and sensitivity. Our doctors will organise the most appropriate pathway for you including counselling, suicide risk assessment, general health and education around hormone therapy and general health.
Again, rest assured you are in the best hands with our fantastic team of LGBTI health professionals & onsite counselling services.
LGBTI Family Planning
Starting a family is always a big decision, and at our bulk billing family planning clinic we’re always happy to provide medical advice and support to LGBTI couples and individuals looking to have children. A full range of conception options are available for same-sex couples to consider. When you book a family planning appointment with us, one of our doctors will present all the options available to you and determine the best way to have children to suit your unique situation.
Rapid HIV Test
Rapid HIV testing is currently bulk billed in our clinic for those who wish to be tested for HIV. This test is completed in only 20 minutes – providing a quick result.
There are two types of rapid HIV testing currently available. Pulse offer the most thorough test, which tests for both antigens (recent exposure) & antibodies. Though HIV Rapid Tests are 99% accurate, all rapid test results are still considered to be preliminary. If HIV antibodies are present, a blood test will also be taken to confirm or deny the initial result.
If you have been exposed to, or think you have been exposed to HIV recently, make an appointment with our doctors ASAP. Be sure to tell reception at time of booking the reason for your appointment as treatment must be started within 72 hours of exposure. See “HIV Prevention” on this page for more information.
Treatment for HIV is most effective when diagnosed early and treated as soon as possible. However please note that rapid testing may not detect an infection if you’ve recently been exposed to HIV. Most people will produce HIV antibodies around six weeks from infection.
This is why it is important to have a sexual health check every 3 months.
Treatment options (antiretroviral drugs) & the scientific understanding of HIV transmission has evolved considerably over the past few years. In basic terms, this means through early initiation of treatment (or “treatment as prevention” techniques) a PLHIV can improve health outcomes, resulting in HIV patients living a ‘normal’ healthy life.
A PLHIV who has an ‘undetectable viral load’ – That is suppressing their CD4 count between 350-550 with the use of antiretroviral drugs – can reduce the risk of passing HIV onto their partner by 96 percent!
Pulse work closely with a number of organisations to ensure we can offer holistic HIV management options for people living with HIV (PLHIV). As of September 2017, our team are training as S100 providers, meaning we will soon be able to prescribe & supply HIV medications. We can still offer a range of HIV services by working with organisations such as Queensland Positive People (QPP) & QuAC.
Prevention has always been the best cure. As mentioned above, “treatment as prevention” techniques are providing the PLHIV community with previously unimaginable hope and options to curb the transmission of HIV:
PrEP – Short for ‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’. This is a HIV prevention strategy where an oral pill is taken by HIV-negative people once a day before coming into contact with HIV. This is done to help reduce the risk of HIV infection. Truvada is the brand of drug that is currently used in Australia.
PEP – Short for ‘post-exposure prophylaxis’. This HIV prevention strategy involves HIV-negative people taking anti-HIV medications after high-risk exposure to HIV in an effort to reduce the risk of transmission. For this to be effective, the treatment must be started within 72 hours of being exposed to HIV, so speak to your GP immediately if you think you have been exposed to HIV or are not sure.
Book a LGBTI Health Appointment at Pulse Medical
Make a booking today to visit our LGBTI and gay health friendly clinic. Whether you’re coming in for a general check-up, health test or to address a specific LGBTI health concern, turn to Pulse Medical for high standard, fully inclusive healthcare services.
Book an appointment with Pulse Medical online or over the phone on (07) 3272 8543.