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trans heartLooking after one's sexual health includes so much more than avoiding sexually transmitted infections like chlamydia, genital warts, pubic lice, scabies, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (H.I.V.). Taking care of your sexual health includes taking responsibility for your body, your health, your partner's health and your decisions about sex.

This Sexual Health section of the Gender Centre's website contains a number of articles about sexual health, including information on individual sexually transmitted infections, and in time will also include other resources such as books and book reviews, research papers, videos, links to other health related services and more. The articles below are just a few of the articles currently on the Sexual Health page of this website.

BECAUSE IF IT'S NOT ON, IT'S NOT ON!

Article appeared in Polare 6, February 1995

Have you ever been in that situation when Mr. Universe was about to mount your bones and suddenly he starts all this drama about not wanting to use a condom? Dee Yates offers her insightful and witty thoughts on negotiating safe sex and guys who don't want to use a condom ...

TRANSMISSION, SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT, PREVENTION

Article appeared in Polare 30, April 1999

Gonorrhoea bacteria can live on moist, warm parts of the body such as inside the throat, vagina, cervix, penis and anus. It can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or lead to infertility in both males and females. Gonorrhoea causes an infection in the cervix ... 

PARASITIC INSECTS FOUND IN THE GENITAL AREA OF HUMANS

Article appeared in Polare 43, December 2001

Also called 'Crabs', pubic lice are parasitic insects found in the genital area of humans. They cannot live long away from the warm human body and are usually spread through sexual contact. This article describes what pubic lice are and how a diagnosis is made and treated ...

CHLAMYDIA, GONORRHOEA AND SYPHILIS

Article appeared in Polare 77, October 2008

This article on sexually transmitted infections, written by Maggie Smith R.N. takes a look at the signs and symptoms, the tests used to identify, the diagnosis of, treatment for, and prevention of the common bacterial infections Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis ...

VIRAL INFECTIONS: H.I.V./AIDS, HEPATITIS A, B, AND C

Article appeared in Polare 78, December 2008

Maggie Smith R.N. discusses some of the more common viral sexually transmitted infections that occur within Australia, in particular the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Many people have concerns about these infections, especially ...

VIRAL INFECTIONS, ANO-GENITAL WARTS/HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS ...

Article appeared in Polare 79, April 2009

Maggie Smith R.N. discusses Viral S.T.I.s in this article, in particular the Human Papilloma Virus, Herpes Simplex Virus and Molluscum Contagiosum. These three viruses are the most common S.T.I.s and many people have concerns about them, especially herpes and H.P.V. ...

HISTORY, RECOGNITION AND TREATMENT

Article appeared in Polare 83, April 2010

Syphilis is an infection that causes ulcers on the genitals, in the anus or mouth, a rash on a person's chest or back, the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. It is transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex and from a mother to her unborn child during pregnancy ...

TRANSMISSION, SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, TREATMENT, PREVENTION

Article appeared in Polare 31, June 1999

Thrush is a fungal condition caused by overgrowth of the yeast candid albicans.It is often found in the body without causing disease and is not harmful. It may become evident during sex, during pregnancy, during the use of antibiotics or in diabetic people ... 

 
 
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