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Sexual health

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Sexual health and STIs

Affection, love and sex are important aspects of life. But sexual activity can also be associated with risks and health problems. Learn more here.

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Contraception Options

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

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Female sexual problems

Many women can experience sexual problems from time to time. Learn more about some common female sexual problems that go on behind closed doors and h...

Genital herpes can be spread through kissing.

Genital warts

Genital warts are an STI that causes bumps that appear on areas such as the vagina, penis, anus and scrotum. Learn about treatments and prevention opt...

Successful pregnancy requires many factors to line up just right.

Getting pregnant

Pregnancy is a complex phenomenon – it’s not just about having sex. Learn how falling pregnant requires many factors to line up just right.

Romance can bring some positive health benefits.

Benefits of love and sex

Some scientific studies suggest that love and sex can bring benefits such as lower blood pressure. Find out how cupid's arrow can boost your health.

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Male sexual problems

Nearly one in two Australian men have experienced a sexual difficulty, which can include a sexual act, from foreplay through to attaining or maintaini...

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sex is an important part of a healthy relationship, but it can carry risks. Learn about safe sex, STIs, how to spot symptoms, and what to do if you ge...

Vaginal thrush can be treated by anti-fungal tablets.

Vaginal thrush

Thrush is a common condition caused by a fungal infection. This article focuses on vaginal thrush. It can be both treated and prevented, so read on.

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Prevention of catching, or spreading, an STI is critical, as they can result in serious health problems. Knowing the facts empowers you to make up your own mind about your body. Be aware of the infections and what to do if you have unsafe sex or see any possible symptoms. If you are in any doubt, talk to your doctor or visit your local sexual health clinic as a priority.

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