- Sexual health includes sexual problems and sexually transmitted infections (STI)
- Sex can be great but it can also carry risks, such as STIs and unwanted pregnancy, so always use condoms to help protect yourself from catching or passing on an STI
- Sexually transmitted infections include chlamydia, genital warts, pubic lice, scabies, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- These STI’s can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. You can get or pass on an STI with whoever you’re having sex with; also women can pass infections on to women and men can pass infections on to men
- For more information visit https://www.qld.gov.au/health/staying-healthy/sexual-health/ and check out information on Safe sex, Sexually transmissible infections, Contraception, Contact tracing, Family planning, unplanned pregnancy and Sexual Health for guys and girls
- Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as herpes and HIV have no cure but can be treated to prevent them getting worse
- If you suspect you have an STI, don’t panic. You simply need to be tested and then treatment can be given if needed. Many people with STIs don’t get symptoms, so it’s worth getting checked even if you feel healthy.