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Sexually Transmitted Infections

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Most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are passed on during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex...

 

Some are passed on by close skin contact. Many STIs do not have any symptoms, so it is possible to catch them, and pass them on to others, without even knowing. People can get an STI even if they have unprotected sex only once, with one person.

 

 

Some common signs and symptoms of an STI are:


Unusual discharge or smell from vagina or penis

Pain or burning feeling when you urinate (pee)

New or unusual lumps, blisters, sores or rashes on or around the genitals
Pain or bleeding during or after sex

Itchiness or irritation

Lower abdominal pain

Bleeding between periods

No symptoms

 

Most STIs can be treated and cured if detected early enough. However, if left untreated they can be painful and uncomfortable. Some STIs can cause infertility, increased risk of cervical cancer, or death.


Remember there is no cure for HIV/AIDS.


Sexually transmitted infections are very common. So if you think that you might have one, don't be embarrassed - you're not on your own. What's worse - a bit of embarrassment or a whole lot of infection, pain and serious ill health?


What is important is that you get a sexual health check from your doctor, local Family Planning Centre or Sexual Health Service.

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