At Pulse Medical, we’re proud to be a gay-friendly clinic that provides services across all areas of LGBTQI Health. We offer HIV Management (Dr Erin Batman only), 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.
When it comes to gay health, the sexual health of our LGBTQI 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 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.
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 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 LGBTQI 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 LGBTQI health professionals & onsite counselling services.
LGBTI Family Planning
Starting a family is always a big decision, and at our 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.
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). Dr Batman is an S100 provider and manages patients with HIV. We offer a range of HIV services by working with organisations such as Queensland Positive People (QPP) & QuAC.
Prevention has always been the better than 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.