Adelaide Sexual Health Centre provides free, confidential, specialist sexual health services. Find out more about what we offer, our walk in service and appointments.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Sexually transmitted infections - or STIs - are infections that can be passed on through vaginal, anal or oral sex. Most STIs are transmitted in sexual fluids, but some can be passed on from skin-to-skin genital contact. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites.
Most STIs have no symptoms and you might never know you have been infected with one. But if you do get symptoms, the most common ones are pain when peeing, sores or blisters, genital lumps, discharge from your vagina or penis, pelvic pain or unusual vaginal bleeding.
All sexually active people are at risk of STI’s. It’s important to get tested even if you have no symptoms.
STIs and related conditions include:
- bacterial vaginosis, generally not an STI but may be sexually transmitted between women
- genital warts
- hepatitis A
- hepatitis B
- hepatitis C
- human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
- molluscum contagiosum
- public lice
- trichomonas infection
Where to get more information on STIs
At Adelaide Sexual Health Centre we provide a free, confidential service which includes advice, testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV. Alternatively you can see the following pages:
Am I Ok ? Risk Assessment Tool
The AM I Ok? Risk Assessment Tool is an on-line quick and easy, free and private self-survey to help you check your risk of contracting STIs, and gives general information about your answers.