It’s important to pay attention to your sexual health. Here you will find information on common sexual conditions and a range of medications to treat sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, genital warts and herpes.
Sexual transmitted infections (STIs) are some of the most widespread infections throughout the world. Passed on from one person to another during intimate physical contact. People aged 16-24 are most at risk of contracting a sexual transmitted infection. Over the past ten years there has been an increase in the number of STIs being diagnosed.
If you think you may have contracted an STI, speak to your doctor and they will be able to organise a blood test. This test will determine if you have been infected and your sexual health is at risk.
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|One of the most common STI’s is chlamydia. Men and women under the age of 25 worldwide are the most diagnosed and treated for the infection. Chlamydia is passed on from one person to another during sexual intercourse, anal or oral sex and can also be passed down from mother to child during vaginal childbirth.|
|Genital herpes is an uncomfortable and common STI. This condition is highly infectious and caused by the herpes simplex virus, which results in a number of painful and unsightly symptoms. People can be affected in different ways, some may not see the symptoms for months or even years while others see the genital herpes symptoms soon after infection.|
|Genital warts are a common STI that can affect both men and women of all ages. They are caused by various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which are spread through sexual contact with an infected person. There is a 60% chance that an infected person will pass on the virus during a single sexual encounter.|
|Gonorrhoea also referred to, as ‘the clap’ is one of the fastest spreading STI's. The bacterium that causes gonorrhoea is neisseria gonorrhoea. The bacterium infects your urethra, cervix, rectum, mouth and throat. Both men and women who are sexually active are at risk of contracting gonorrhoea.|
Why should I be tested for STIs?
It’s very important to be tested regularly for sexual transmitted infections (STIs) even if you don’t think you have any infections.
Surprisingly many people don’t even know they have an STI as there are no visible signs. With some STIs it may take days, weeks or even years to show symptoms. By not getting tested or taking medication to clear an infection you are putting your sexual partner at risk of contracting the infection.
Sexual health tests
Being tested for a STI is a good idea. A free health clinic or your doctor can organize a simple blood test for you. Results can take up to 2 weeks. Some infections such as Chylamdia don’t even require a blood test and can be achieved with a urine test of a swab from the infected area, which will then be analyzed.
Are STIs painful?
Yes they can be. As mentioned before some people have no symptoms and unaware they have an STI. However other people suffer from symptoms within days of contracting a STI. Sexual transmitted infections symptoms will differ depending on the infection. Here are some of the common symptoms.
Chlamydia – painful feeling when urinating, unusual discharge
Genetial warts – flesh lumps (warts) around the genital area & itchiness
Genital herpes – painful blisters around the genital area
Gonorrhoea – unusual discharge & pain when urinating
Syphilis – sores around the genitals or mouth, skin rash or sore throat
Pubic lice (crabs) – insects live in the pubic hair cause Itchiness & red bites
Sexual health is important and practicing safe sex and getting regular tests are vital to keeping you and your partner healthy.