SHINE SA is a leading not-for-profit provider of primary care services and education for sexual and relationship wellbeing.
Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality, not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Good sexual health requires a positive approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having safe and pleasurable sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence (WHO, 2006).
There are a number of infections that can affect your sexual health (including your fertility) and, in some cases, be transmitted to your sexual partner(s):
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
- Genital warts (human papillomavirus)
- Hepatitis A*
- Hepatitis B*
- Hepatitis C*
- Herpes (genital)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)*
- Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
- Molluscum contagiosum
- Pubic lice (crabs)
- Shigella infection*
- Trichomonas infection
- Urethritis, non-specific
Many sexually transmissible infections do not have any symptoms. The only way to know if you have a sexually transmissible infection, and to keep yourself and your partner(s) healthy, is to get checked regularly.