Sexual health can be described as the state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.
Dr. Allison is experienced in diagnosing and managing all sexually transmitted infections, including complex STDs in both men and women.
- STI screening
- Treatment of all sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Contraception advice
- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Men’s health
- Erectile dysfunction
- LGBT care
- Family planning
- Pregnancy testing
- Unplanned pregnancy
- Cervical cancer and pap smears
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your doctor will begin by taking a history and addressing any specific concerns you may have. If you suspect a sexually transmitted disease your doctor will ask about your symptoms, your risk factors, partners and sexual practices. They may ask about other medical issues, previous treatment, allergies and social history. If required an examination may be performed, however this is not always necessary.
Sexually transmissible 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. Rates of sexually transmitted infections are highest in young people (aged 15-29 ), with chlamydia being detected in 1 in 20 asymptomatic patients.
Most STIs don’t have symptoms and you might never know you have been infected with one. But if you do get symptoms, the most common ones are itching, pain when peeing, sores or blisters, lumps, or a discharge from your vagina or penis.
If left untreated STIs can cause longterm problems with men and women including infertility and severe systemic infection.
Australian guidelines recommend annual screening in individuals under 30 years age even if asymptomatic, however this may need to be performed more or less frequently depending on your individual situation.
Dr. Allison is experienced in diagnosing and managing all sexually transmitted infections, including:
- Genital herpes
- Genital warts (human papilloma virus – HPV)
- Pubic lice
- HIV (human immunodeficiancy virus)
- Lymphogranuloma inguinale
- Pelvic inflammatory disease