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Your Sexual Health – Stay Safe

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Attention - 15 to 39 year olds

How often you should be screened
Everyone between the ages of 15-39 should have a yearly test for sexually transmissible infections (STI) and blood borne viruses. Most people don’t have any symptoms of STIs and that is why it is important to have a yearly test. If you have any STI signs such as a discharge, rash, itch, pain, bleeding and or sores, then see your doctor or local health clinic for a confidential and private consultation.

How long does screening take?
A test for STIs is simple and takes less than 10 minutes – you just need to provide a urine and blood sample.

Why screening is important
In the wider Cairns region, there are increasing numbers of people with STIs and an outbreak of syphilis. It is important to be tested and treated as soon as possible as untreated STIs can lead to complications, such as difficulty getting pregnant.

Contact tracing
If you have an STI, all your partners need to be treated and have a test. If your partners do not have a test, then you will get the infection again and will need to be treated again.

Either you can tell your partner/s or the clinic can. If the clinic contacts your partners, your name is not mentioned.

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Quick info on STIs


InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

Syphilis

Vaginal, oral and anal sex or direct contact with lesions

A sore or lesion (usually painless) at site of infection within 10-90 days. You can then get a rash particularly on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet with flu like symptoms 30 days to 5 months after infection.

A blood test and or a swab if there is a lesion present.

Antibiotics

All partners need to be tested and treated.  If they are not treated, you will get the infection again!

      
InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

Chlamydia

Vaginal, oral and anal sex.

Most people do not have symptoms.

Women
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Abnormal discharge
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain when having sex
- Abdominal Pain
- Pain when urinating

Men
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Pain when urinating
- Discharge from penis
- Swelling and pain in testicles

Women
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Urine test or
- Swab

Men
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Urine test

Antibiotics

Partners from the previous 6 months need to be tested and treated.  If they are not treated, you will get the infection again!

      
InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

Gonorrhoea

Vaginal, oral and anal sex.

Often no symptoms
- Pain on urinating
- Discharge from penis or vagina
- Pain with sex
- Abdominal pain

Women
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Urine test or
- Swab

Men
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Urine test

Antibiotics

Partners from the previous 2 months needs to be tested and treated. If they are not treated, you will get the infection again!

      
InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

Trichomonas

Vaginal sex

- Discharge vagina / penis
- Unpleasant vaginal Odour
- Vaginal itch or burning

Urine test or swab

Antibiotic

Current partner/s need to be tested and treated. If they are not treated, you will get the infection again!

      
InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

HIV

Vaginal and anal sex. Sharing injecting , piercing or tattooing equipment.  Mother to child if pregnant woman not on HIV medication.

Fever, flu like illness, tiredness, swollen glands, headache, sore throat, rash.

Blood test

Important to start HIV treatment early, as it keeps people well and stops onward transmission of HIV

Partners all need to be offered testing.

      
InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

Hepatitis B

Mother to child transmission. Vaginal or anal sex. Sharing injecting, piercing or tattooing equipment.

Usually no symptoms

Blood test

Acute Hep B – rest

Chronic Hep B – possible treatment

Sexual and household contacts should be tested.

Important to talk to a health professional for accurate information
      
InfectionHow do I get it?Signs and symptomsHow do I test for it?How do I treat for it?More information

Mycoplasma genitalium

Vaginal, anal and oral sex.

Women
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Discharge from vagina
- Pelvic pain

Men
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Pain on passing urine
- Discharge from penis

Women
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Urine test or
- Swab

Men
-
Urine test

Antibiotics

Partners from the previous 6 months need to be tested and treated.  If they are not treated, you will get the infection again!

Last updated: 1 March 2017