Sexually Transmitted disease

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)

(STI's) are infections or diseases that are passed on during unprotected sex with an infected partner. This includes vaginal, anal or oral sex. Some STI's can be passed on just by skin-to-skin contact. There are ways that you can reduce your risk of catching or passing on an STI.

STI testing is very simple and usually involves a blood test and self collected swabs of vagina, anus, throat and a urine test. Testing sites depend on your individual situation.

Book a consultation with Melissa, Sharon or Kendall. If you need a cervical screen (pap smear) please book with Melissa.

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How common are STI’s in Australia?

Sources: Kirby Institute 2017b; National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System; Table S1.4.3.

  • Chlamydia notification rates increased substantially between 1999 and 2011—from 74 to 363 infections per 100,000 people. Since 2011, the rate increased slowly until 2016 when it reached a peak of 385 infections per 100,000 people; the rate for 2017 was slightly lower than for 2016, at 379 infections per 100,000 people.
  • Gonorrhoea notification rates have increased since 1996—most noticeably between 2008 and 2017, when the rate more than tripled from 36 to 118 notifications per 100,000 people.
  • Between 1996 and 2003, notification rates of hepatitis B fell (from 44 to 31 notifications per 100,000 people), then remained relatively steady until 2009. Notification rates have since declined slowly to the current rate of 25 in 2017.
  • Hepatitis C notification rates decreased (from 102 to 64 notifications per 100,000 people) between 1996 and 2004. Since 2004, the rate has continued to decrease, but at a slower rate, and was 44 notifications per 100,000 people in 2017.
  • The rate of syphilis notifications more than doubled between 2004 and 2017, from 10 to 26 notifications per 100,000 people.
  • The rate of HIV notifications per 100,000 people fell slightly from 5.0 in 1996 to 4.2 in 2016. Over the past decade, the rate remained reasonably steady between 4.1 and 4.7 notifications per 100,000 people.
Symptoms
  • No symptoms at all? Yes, that’s right you can have an STI and NO symptoms!
  • Bumps, sores, or warts near the mouth, anus, penis or vagina
  • Swelling or redness near the penis or vagina
  • Skin rash
  • Painful urination
  • Painful sex
  • Weight loss, loose stools, night sweats
  • Aches, pains, fever and chills
  • Yellowing of the skin (jaundice)
  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
There are solutions!

Talk to your nurse practitioner or doctor. He or she can examine you and perform tests to determine if you have an STI. Treatment can:

  • Cure many STD's
  • Lessen the symptoms of STD's
  • Make it less likely that you will spread the disease
  • Help you to get healthy and stay healthy

Our Locations Why do we have so many locations and online services available?

This enables us to serve you better and closer to your home or work. We don’t want distance to be a barrier to access. We apologise if this is confusing, if you have any difficulty, please email admin@rshealth.com.au with preferred location and practitioner.

Palmyra

Antony Street Medical Centre

Joondalup

Body Sense Physio

Joondalup

Genesis Care

West Leederville

Western Urology

Mandurah

Total Concept Physiotherapy

Bunbury

InSync For Life

Margaret River

Margaret River Medical Centre