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Transcript of Sexual Health
The usual suspects
How am I contracting
STIs can be passed from person to person through:
• vaginal, oral and anal sex
• close skin-to-skin sexual contact (eg. foreplay, touching the genitals, mutual masturbation)
• sharing sex toys without washing them
• direct blood-to-blood contact
• sharing injecting drug equipment.
Symptoms to look out for
Although some STIs are asymptomatic there are definite signs to keep an eye out for.
genital blisters, lumps and open sores
pain during sex
pain passing urine
abnormal vaginal bleeding
swelling of the scrotum
QUT Medical Centre
Why the big fuss?
What can I do to
lower my risk of
catching an STI?
Avoid all sexual
contact and you
contract an STI.
Be as hygienic as you can
Want more 'realistic' options?
Stick to one monogamous sexual partner after he or she has been exhaustively tested for all known STIs
Why is it so hard to have
Sexually Transmitted Infections are a diverse group of infections whose most common feature is sexual transmission
STIs do not discriminate age, race, gender or sexual preference.
If you have unprotected sex or sexual contact, you are at risk.
What are STIs?
Other STIs 'floating' around out there
What happens when you contract an STI?
Get vaccinated against Hep A, Hep B and
HPV if you are eligible.
Use a condom every time for all penetrative vaginal and anal sex.
Use condoms/dental dams for all forms of oral sex.
Have a regular STI check
Talk with your partner about sex.
In the most effective way for both of you
According to Queensland Health up to 70% of cases of Chlamydia in women and 50% of cases in men are asymptomatic. This allows a large number of people to unwittingly infect their sexual partners
Most genital HPV infections are asymptomatic, sub clinical or unrecognised, with only about 1% of HPV infection resulting in clinically
apparent ano-genital warts.
According to the World Health Organization
499 million new infections of curable sexually transmitted (syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis) infections occur yearly.
Sexually transmitted infections are an important cause of infertility in men and women.
STIs can increase the risk of HIV acquisition three-fold or more.
Even if you cannot see or feel any symptoms, you may still have an STI.
Do you have symptoms?
Have you and your partner been tested?
Have you had a STI check in the last 2 years?
Have you had unprotected sex?
Sexual Health checks are bulk billed for students at
QUT Medical Centre
Gardens Point 3138 2321
Kelvin Grove 3138 3161
All tests are confidential.
What if I test positive to something?
Positive results will require you to come back and speak with a Doctor. They will discuss treatment options.
Bacterial STIs are usually resolved with antibiotics.
Other STIs may not be curable, but your Doctor can discuss the best treatment to manage your symptoms.
How do I tell my partner?
There are websites designed to help you either have the chat with a current partner or inform previous partners, even anonomously.
What will my STI check involve?
A doctor will discuss your sexual practices to determine which parts of your body have been exposed and are then at risk of having an STI
Depending on your history you may be asked to provide a sample of urine or blood along with a swab of your vagina, urethra, throat or rectum.
Women may require a pap smear
I was drunk
I don't like condoms
condoms are mood killers
Pregnancy is the only thing I'm worried about
I trust my partner, so I'm safe
They looked really hygenic
I couldn't see any lumps, bumps, blisters or warts
He hates when I ask him to put on a condom
They would tell me if I needed to use protection
I have a great immune system
STIs won't listen to excuses
Have safe sex
get checked regularly
Protect yourself and your