Ask The Expert: An Interview with HIV Specialist Mark Bloch

Dr Mark Bloch has been working in the field of HIV medicine since 1983 and is now the director of Clinical Research at Holdsworth House in Sydney. We asked Dr Bloch some questions about HIV to gain a deeper insight into his thoughts and experience with HIV-positive patients. 

What is Bacterial Vaginosis?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition caused by an imbalance of Gardnerella vaginalis – the bacteria that naturally live inside your vagina. These bacteria work together with other microorganisms to balance the pH levels in your vagina and prevent infections.

Project expanding and improving clinical care in aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander communities

The University of Queensland is leading a project aimed at expanding and improving surveillance infrastructure for Indigenous primary health care. The project, having received a $2 million grant, focuses on preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in Indigenous communities.

PrEP reduced HIV transmission by 90%, study finds

Earlier this year, New South Wales announced a plan to eliminate HIV by 2025. Reaching that goal is now looking more possible thanks to encouraging results from a three-year study of HIV transmission among over 9,000 gay and bisexual men taking PrEP in NSW.

Stigma around STIs: Why does it exist?

STI diagnoses are increasingly common, with at least 16% of Australians estimated to have an STI at some point in their life – that’s around 4 million people. Even with Australia’s most common STIs on the rise, there still remains a stigma. Why?

Rise in Gonorrhoea and increasing antibiotic resistance

An increase in the number of STIs diagnosed globally has led some experts to call this an ‘era of STIs’. Like Syphilis, recent years have shown a steep increase in cases of Gonorrhoea, and, in Australia, Gonorrhoea diagnoses have increased in every state and territory. This increase has been identified across sexual orientations, with heterosexual men and women making up a large proportion of cases.

What causes rashes around the groin?

There are several reasons why rashes, lumps and lesions around the groin area can appear, ranging from STIs to allergies or other infections. As these rashes can be painful and very uncomfortable, discovering the cause as soon as possible and treating it is important to give you comfort and protect against any long-lasting damage to your health.

New Sexual Health Awareness Campaign in Western Australia

The Western Australian government has launched a new sexual health campaign ‘Healthysexual’ to promote STI prevention, testing and treatment, as well as to encourage more open conversations about the impact of STIs on individuals and society.

Gay Asian Men’s Survey 2021

The University of New South Wales in Sydney is currently conducting the Gay Asian Men’s Survey (GAMS) for 2021. GAMS aims to survey Asian men who are members of the LGBTQ+ community in Australia, gathering information on their sexual health and well-being.

Can HIV be eliminated in NSW?