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A non-binary character and your go-to digital buddy for all the essential deets on LGBTQ+ sexual and reproductive health and happiness. Do you have a burning question or need the lowdown on something super specific?

Recent questions answered by QueerLips

Is it still recommended to take PrEP when my partner is undetectable for long?

If the partner with HIV has undetectable viral load in two tests taken 6 months apart (recent reports), then there is zero risk of transmission of HIV through sexual route which is termed U=U (undetectable = untransmittable) - which means if a person is on ART medications regularly and their recent viral loads are undetectable even after a gap of 6 months - then there is no chance of transmission of HIV provided they continue to take ART medications for their infection. The negative partner thus need not be on PrEP in such situation for prevention of HIV through sexual route (same U=U doesn't hold good for other routes of transmission - blood, injectables). But one is always advised to consider protection for other STIs. Depsite this information, couples might take some time to process this reality and may choose to be on PrEP till they feel comfortable and reassured that there is no risk of transmission. Especially when they are planning for pregnancy. Which is also a valid option.

Is event-based PrEP equally effective to daily PrEP?

The recommendations of event based PrEP and daily PrEP depends on several factors as described in the article - please refer to it - like frequency of being sexually active, type of sexual activity, gender identity etc. And so efficacy depends on these factors as well. In general daily PrEP has evidence of slightly higher risk reduction than event based PrEP. But discussing your personal needs with a provider and choosing what's best with all these considerations becomes important.

How should we start as a trans person ftm as a beginner? What are the process? Is using the binder is the only option until we do top surgery?

Starting your FTM transition is a big step, and I'm here to help you navigate it! The process often begins with social transition, like using new pronouns and a name that feels right for you. Medical steps can include hormone therapy and, if you choose, surgeries like top surgery. Using a binder is one option for many to help affirm gender identity before or instead of surgery, but it's not the only one. Plus, we've curated an article and two guidebooks on the transition journey that you can check out at our Resource Centre (add link of Resource Centre here filter - Gender Affirming Care) for more detailed guidance. Always consider what feels best for you and consult healthcare professionals to explore all possibilities. Stay informed and true to yourself!

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HPV: A Comprehensive Guide to Prevention, Detection, and Management

Introduction Rohan (pseudonym) noticed small skin growths in his genital area and was worried that it is genital wart. He visited his provider to understand what needs to be done. On examination, his doctor reassured...
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Deep Dive into PrEP and PEP – Queering the Sex-Ed

Author: Dr. Swathi SB Co- Author: Dr. Praneeth Pillala Multiple effective strategies are accessible to people to prevent acquiring HIV infection. This includes using condoms during sex, avoiding sharing of needles while using drugs, periodic...
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Ayush’s Journey – A roadmap to transmasculine transitioning

Author: Avali (they/them) For as long as Ayush could remember, he had a feeling that he was different. Not good, not bad, but different. Before he picked out a shiny new name for himself and...
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Queering the Sex-Ed project

Queering the Sex-Ed emerged to fill the critical gap in queer-trans* inclusive sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights resources within India. This project, powered by digital innovation, aims to dismantle barriers like stigma and discrimination, which often hinder the community's access to vital healthcare and rights information. By leveraging the engaging digital mascot, QueerLips, the initiative provides personalized and informative content that empowers the queer-trans* population.

The project addresses the profound need for SRHRJ information that resonates with the queer-trans* communities’ diverse experiences. Traditional resources often overlook the nuanced needs of queer-trans* individuals, especially topics beyond HIV/AIDS and condom use. Queering the Sex-Ed fills this void with a comprehensive digital resource hub that features interactive, relatable guides and articles.