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Sex in other Cities

Sex in other Cities

We’re barrelling towards the end of the year, and that means that Schoolies is just around the corner. What’s Schoolies?

Schoolies = finishing school

Schoolies = hanging with friends

Schoolies = ditching the parents

Schoolies = getting wasted

Schoolies = sex – and lots of it!

So it’s perfect timing to show you a new website aimed at School leavers – Sex in other Cities.

Pick your destination of choice, say, Bali and get the low-down on what’s going on for Schoolies, how to get there, fun stuff, how to get the most out of your party time, and what to do if things go wrong.

Bali Leavers Sex in other Citites website

 

Check out Sex in other Cities and be Safe for Schoolies

www.sexinothercities.org.au

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What is Chlamydia?

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can infect the prostate, urethra and testes in men and the cervix, uterus and pelvis in women. Chlamydia is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex and is often asymptomatic; most people are unaware that they have the infection and that they need treatment. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious long-term complications:

  • Inflammation of the upper genital tract and infertility in men;
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancies, chronic pelvic pain and infertility in women;
  • Increases the possibility of contracting other infections such as HIV.1

One in 20 young Australians have chlamydia – most don’t even know

It’s estimated that rates of chlamydia have tripled over a ten-year period. Chlamydia is the most frequently notified infection in Australia with almost 83,000 cases diagnosed in 2012.2

Girls aged 12-15 years have the highest percentage of positive chlamydia test results followed by 16-19 year olds and 20-24 year olds.3

Young men aged 16-19 years old have the highest percentage of positive chlamydia test results in Australia followed by 20-24 year olds and 12-15 year olds.3

Around 70% of females and 50% of males with chlamydia have no symptoms, so may pass on infection without knowing.4

If symptoms are present they may include:

Female

  • Abnormal or increased vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods or after sex
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Pelvic pain like period pain
  • Discomfort or pain when urinating

Male

  • Discomfort or pain when urinating
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Redness around the urethra

Testing is simple, what does it involve?

There is no single test to detect all sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Chlamydia, however, is an easily diagnosed and curable STI. Tests are painless and usually involve a simple urine test in men or women. Alternatively, a cotton swab may be used to test for chlamydia from the vagina, cervix, anus or penis. The specimen is then sent to a laboratory for testing.

What’s the Treatment?

Treatment for chlamydia is usually straightforward and involves a course of antibiotics.

Find out More

Young sexually active people are particularly vulnerable to STIs including chlamydia. Find out more about What’s working and What Isn’t when it comes to reducing the rates of Chlamydia in young Australians.

 

References

1. Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS June 2012

2. Hagan, K. Chlamydia rates rise for younger girls. The Age, 24 October 2013

3. Somerville, C. Burnet Institute News, 24 October 2013

4. Better Health Channel: Chlamydia

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