Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up Closure of Australian STI Clinic

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With Queensland officials closing one of the state’s only specialised STI services, Yourwellness Magazine explored which sexual behaviours can increase STI risk.

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With the closure of one of Queensland’s only specialised STI services, GPs in Australia are bracing themselves for an influx of patients seeking care for sexually transmitted diseases, it was reported July 12th. In March this year, Metro North considered closing the entire service, but made a concession after protests from sexual health advocacy groups. However, now it has confirmed that the Biala City Health Centre will close its STI clinic in the coming month, but will keep its HIV service. According to one of the state's three HIV-specialist GPs, Dr Wendell Rosevear, despite the compromise, the cutbacks would have an enormous impact on GPs and patients. (http://www.6minutes.com.au/news/latest-news/warningstiswillskyrocketwithclinicclosure)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored the sexual activities than increase STI risks. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Having unprotected sex puts you at risk of contracting a sexually-transmitted infection (STI). The most common STIs are Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis, gonorrhoea and HIV. Using a condom can protect you from contracting or passing on STIs, specifically during penetrative sex, whether vaginal or anal.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/02/which-sexual-activities-put-you-at-risk-of-an-sti/#sthash.vGa8uPAs.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine explained that a man does not have to ejaculate inside the vagina to pass on an STI as even partial penetration can release fluids that may pass on the infection. Yourwellness Magazine commented that anal penetrative sex is one of the highest risk behaviours for passing on STIs because the lining of the anus is easy damaged, making infection more likely. Yourwellness Magazine noted that breaks in the skin can allow any viruses of bacteria to pass more quickly into the body, and so individuals with cuts or sores in their mouths are at risk of contracting or passing on an STI during oral sex. Yourwellness Magazine advised that latex gloves can reduce the risk of passing on infections when fingers are used for penetration, and using sex toys – when the toys are kept clean – carry a small risk of infection.

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