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STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are infections that are passed on during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner. Some STIs can also be passed on by skin-to-skin contact.  Common STIs include Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhoea and Genital Warts. Less common STIs include Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B. The risk of getting an STI is increased by a number of factors: if you do not use condoms, if you have had multiple partners or changed partners in the past 12 months, if you or your partner share injecting equipment (syringes and needles) or if you or your partner have had another STI. STI symptoms depend on the type of infection, though in many cases there are no symptoms- that is why it is wise to get regular sexual health checks with your doctor or local sexual health clinic.

Mycoplasma Genitalium- a common STI that people don’t know about

Mycoplasma Genitalium- a common STI that many people don't know about what is it? symptoms diagnosis treatment What is Mycoplasma Genitalium? Most people have heard of STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Genital Herpes, but there is much less awareness about Mycoplasma Genitalium. However, we now know it’s [...]

Abnormal vaginal discharge- 7 infections that can cause it

7 causes of vaginal infection & abnormal vaginal discharge Thrush Bacterial Vaginosis Chlamydia and other STI's What causes 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 [...]

What are the complications of chlamydia?

What are the complications of chlamydia? Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) 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 [...]

Chlamydia- PID and other complications

What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is a common STI (sexually transmitted infection). In most cases it is a silent condition, with no symptoms- this means it’s important for people who are sexually active to have regular testing. In women, it may present with vaginal discharge or irregular vaginal bleeding. In men, it may present with [...]

Chlamydia- a common STI that can be a serious problem

Chlamydia- a common infection that can be silent but serious What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection or STI  that can infect men and women- it is the most commonly reported communicable disease in Australia. While it often goes undetected, it can cause a lot [...]