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Male and female condoms are an excellent form of contraception that prevents most types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy.

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What causes chlamydia?

Chlamydia is caused by bacteria called 'Chlamydia trachomatis'. Find out what can cause chlamydia.

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Why contraception fails - and how to choose a method that works

New research shows that 4 in 10 women who get pregnant unintentionally are using contraception - which is why it's vital to choose the right method for you.

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Contraception options

There are many methods of contraception. Here's how to choose the right one for you, considering things like effectiveness, safety and convenience.

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Diaphragm (contraceptive device)

The diaphragm sits inside the vagina and prevents sperm reaching the womb. It’s less effective than other methods of contraception.

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Gonorrhoea treatment and prevention

Gonorrhoea (also known as ‘the clap’) is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Find out more about its treatment and prevention, plus links to trusted resources.

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HIV infection and AIDS treatment and prevention

HIV has no cure, but there is treatment available to prevent the progression of AIDS and make HIV manageable. Learn more about how to prevent HIV infection.

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Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in Australia. Find out how you can help avoid it and when to get tested.

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Chlamydia treatment and prevention

If your doctor does detect chlamydia, don't worry; the infection can be treated easily with antibiotics. Find out how chlamydia is treated.

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Contraceptive injection

The contraceptive injection, containing a synthetic version of the hormone progestogen, lasts up to 3 months. It is given into your buttock or upper arm.

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Mini pill (progestogen-only pill)

The 'mini pill' is a type of contraceptive. It contains only one hormone and you can use it while breastfeeding.

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