What are STIs?A

Sexually transmissible infections, STIs, are a group of infections that can be passed from person to person during sex. 

Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! Being diagnosed with an STI can be an upsetting experience, but most infections are curable. Left untreated, STIs may cause serious complications: early treatment is crucial to preventing these. Expert help with the treatment of an STI can be beneficial not just from a medical perspective, but also from the point of view of managing partners, attending to your questions, and helping you get through the experience as well as you can. 

I have one million questions...

Will I ever be able to have sex again? Will it affect pregnancy? How do I tell my partner? WTAF??? It’s pretty normal to have a lot of questions after being diagnosed with an STI. Sometimes the information you find online is accurate, but distinguishing it from the misinformation can be difficult. Working out how to apply it to your own situation can be difficult: it helps to get expert advice. 

My partner has been diagnosed with an STI?

Most STIs are asymptomatic – you don’t know you have them until you get testing. For some STIs, it is recommended that partners get treated immediately, even if the their tests are negative. 

Dr Stuart Aitken is a specialist sexual health physician. He has extensive experience of treating STIs, and has been practicing sexual health medicine on the Gold Coast since 2003. He believes in providing people who have, or are at risk of STIs with expert medical care in a respectful, sensitive way. Stuart has published chapters about STIs in several textbooks, and has lectured medical students in all three of the medical schools in Southeast Queensland. He taught in the University of Queensland’s Sexual Health Course for GPs for over ten years, and has been an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He is a contributor to the Australian STI Management Guidelines. 

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