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Understanding the Importance of STI Screening for young people.

Did you know that more than 80% of chlamydia infections affect people under 29 years of age? That’s a significant number. Screening for chlamydia in all sexually active individuals up to the age of 29 is recommended. Why? Because in this age group, chlamydia is more common, and it can lead to complications if left untreated.

In young, sexually active people under 29 who don’t show any symptoms, the risk of chlamydia is about 5%, and for gonorrhea, it’s 0.5%. That’s why it’s important to consider regular screening. Many young people visit primary care clinics every year, which offers a perfect opportunity to make sexual health care a normal part of general practice. This also includes addressing any safety or abuse concerns. A thorough risk assessment, like the HE2ADS3 assessment, can help with this.

For women with untreated chlamydia, there’s a 2-8% risk of infertility. So, early detection and treatment are essential. Additionally, individuals at higher risk should also consider screening for gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis. Keep in mind that the level of risk depends on factors like your age, sexual habits, and the prevalence of STIs in your community.

If you’re a man who has sex with men (MSM), it’s advisable to get screened for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV every 12 months. If you have multiple sexual partners, more frequent screening may be necessary, even if you feel fine. Many STIs can go unnoticed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are at higher risk and should also consider screening for these infections. Moreover, if you’re HIV positive or have a history of injecting drug use, it’s a good idea to get screened for hepatitis C.

For pregnant women, screening is crucial. It’s recommended for hepatitis B, C, HIV, and syphilis. If you’re under 29 and pregnant, consider screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea, especially if you’re at a higher risk.

Regular screening is key to maintaining good sexual health. It’s a simple step that can protect you from potentially serious consequences. So, don’t hesitate to discuss these screenings with your GP to ensure your well-being.

Doctors at Mentone General Practice bulk bill consultations dedicated to STD or STI testing and treatment.

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