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Sexual Health

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are very common – so it’s wise to be well-informed and proactive about sexual health.  Many STIs can be silent- in women, Chlamydia may present with abnormal vaginal discharge, unscheduled vaginal bleeding or pelvic pain, but sometimes there are no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, even silent Chlamydia infection can cause problems- such as scarring of the fallopian tubes, leading to fertility issues in the future.  Genital Herpes is thought to be carried by 1 in 8 adults, though the majority of these carriers are unaware they have it. However, they can still transmit it to others. People who are sexually active should consider regular STI screening- obviously  the more partners one has, the more often check ups are required. STI screening will usually involve a urine test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, and a blood test for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV and Syphilis. At Qoctor we will soon be providing online prescriptions for Chlamydia and Genital Herpes.  For more information on STIs, browse our library below.

Health Library- Sexual Health

5 infections that can cause abnormal vaginal discharge

5 infections that can cause abnormal vaginal discharge   Vaginal Discharge - what’s normal and what’s not? Vaginal discharge is a natural fluid or mucus that keeps the vagina moist and protects it from infection. It tends to be white or clear, and normally doesn’t have an odour. Women often notice that their [...]

Bacterial Vaginosis- a common cause of vaginal discharge

What is bacterial vaginosis? A normal, healthy vagina is home to a variety of different bacteria. However, in Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) the balance is disturbed, and an overgrowth of some of these bacteria occurs. It is not entirely clear why this happens. The most common symptom is a vaginal discharge which is often white-grey [...]

Chlamydia infection- what are the complications?

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia. It is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. In women, Chlamydia infection usually affects the neck of the womb (cervix) and the womb (uterus). In men, it usually affects the urethra, in the penis. Chlamydia often causes no symptoms. If you have chlamydia infection [...]

Genital Herpes- from silent to symptomatic infection

Genital Herpes Genital Herpes is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two forms– HSV1 and HSV2. HSV1 usually affects the mouth, as a cold sore, but it can also occur in the genital region. HSV2 usually infects the genital area. Around 1 in 8 [...]