What are Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)?
Sexually transmissible infections can be caused by germs (e.g. bacteria, viruses or parasites) and can be passed on from one person to another during sex.
Depending on the type of STI, STIs can be passed on through:
- Skin to skin contact
- Sexual fluids, like from the vagina, penis or anus
- Blood to blood contact
Some people with STIs may feel well for many years before the infection affects their health, but they can still pass on the STI to other people, even if they feel well. To reduce the risk of passing on an STI or from getting an STI, it is important to always use condoms or dams and lubricant when having any kind of sex, and to never share sharp objects like needles (from tattoos or injecting drugs) or razors or personal hygiene items like toothbrushes.
Different STIs affect your body in different ways, the most common symptoms of STIs are:
- Discharge from penis, vagina or anus
- Pain in the genital area
- Itching in the genital area
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- Warts, rashes, blisters or sores in the genital area
- Pain when urinating (weeing) or during sex.
The most common STIs are:
- Genital Herpes
- Genital Warts – HPV
- Hepatitis B
STIs can be treated, and many can be cured, however, some STIs can do permanent damage to your reproductive organs, which cannot be reversed. It is therefore important to have regular STI testing at your doctors.
We’re excited to announce that CEH’s Long COVID project has received a six month funding extension. It is funded by the Victorian Department of Health.
In this Month’s Trainer Blog, Eman is sharing with us a story about assessing the need for an interpreter.
Knock knock. Who’s there? Your duty of care with interpreters.
Nadia didn’t get an interpreter during a medical appointment and was left feeling confused and uninformed about her health.
It’s a common issue, but how did this happen to Nadia?
Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH) presents their 2021 Professional Development Day/Conference
Workforce development session.
CERSH in partnership with CEH (MHSS) and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) are working closely with the Mildura’s diverse community to target the rise in syphilis. Sexual health community education to the diverse communities.
Just like 2020, this year hasn’t been easy. With the ongoing pandemic and uncountable lockdowns Victoria experienced, 2021 has been indeed a challenging year. The year has forced most people working in the health sector to adapt to new realities. However, by looking at how much progress MHSS has made in the span of a year is amazing!
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