Let's talk about STIs
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), as the name suggests, are infections that are transferred through sex. Most commonly these include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, genital herpes, hepatitis B, and sometimes other infections.
The best way to protect yourself from getting an STI is to practice “safe sex”. So what does this mean exactly?
Safe sex is not simply about preventing pregnancy…it’s about preventing the spread of STI’s from one person to another through oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Safe sex begins before sexual activity starts. There are lots of ways you can make sex safer for you and your partner. Condoms is one example. Another is dental dams, used during oral sex, which can be bought online. There are also some medications available to reduce the transmission of certain STI’s like genital herpes. Additionally there are vaccines to prevent Human Papilloma Virus (HPV infection). Of course the most obvious way to prevent contracting an STI is to have fewer sexual partners.
Additionally we recommend everyone BYOC (Bring Your Own Condom), and try and avoid high risk activities, or getting so drunk or high that it impairs your judgement.
Everyone who is sexually active should have regular checkups. Make your sexual health a priority. Some people with STI’s don’t have any symptoms, and you can’t tell simply by looking at someone if they have an STI.
Specific information, relating to risks, prevention, and testing can be obtained from a doctor.
If you suspect that you or your partner have an STI, we recommend that you consult with one of the doctors using Medinet for further information and medical advice.
Dr Sumeena Qidwai - Clinical Expert at Medinet Australia
Rhodes MyHealth Medical Centre
BSc(Med) MBBS FRACGP