Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are very common. In the year 2008, around 70,000 cases were reported within Australia. Many of the cases remain undetected and untreated so the true number might be very high. Unfortunately many STIs can be asymptomatic and when left untreated can cause serious health problems. However, if treated in its early stages, these serious outcomes can be usually avoided.
Common symptoms of STIs, when present, include:
- Unusual discharge
- Itchiness around the genital area
- A burning sensation when peeing
- A rash, sores or small lumps on or around the genitals
- Unusual bleeding e.g. after sex or between periods
- Pain and swelling in the testicles
- Pain during sex
It is sensible for sexually active individuals to have regular sexual health check-ups once they start having sex and/or when they change sexual partners. Your partner and you must undergo tests before one stops using condoms. At Pakenham Medical Centre, having a test is simple, quick and painless. The diagnosis at PMC is often as simple as a urine test with simple treatment strategies are involved.
All our consultations at Pakenham Medical Centre are completely confidential – which means we are entitled not to disclose anything discussed at your consultation, even the fact that you had an appointment with us with anyone without your permission/consent.