SEX­UAL HEALTH

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As you be­come more sex­u­ally ac­tive (espe­cially if you have sex with one or more new part­ners with­out a condom), it’s a good idea to be tested for any sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases, as these are on the rise, par­tic­u­larly chlamy­dia, gon­or­rhoea, syphilis and her­pes. Dr Mitchell Tan­ner (Dr­mitchell­tan­ner.com.au), a GP and head doc­tor at Stigma Health (Stigma­health.com), says this is an area women need to be more dili­gent about. “From the age of 16, women need to be checked for STIs at least once a year, and even more if they change sex­ual part­ners,” he says. “In re­la­tion to chlamy­dia, not be­ing aware you have it can af­fect preg­nancy, fer­til­ity and con­tract­ing pelvic in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease.”

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