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Sexually transmitted infections

Many sexually transmitted infections have no symptoms but can still be passed from person to person.

If you are in a new relationship, we recommend that you both pop into your nearest Peermed clinic for a check-up.
Once you both have a clean bill of sexual health you can concentrate on your life together!

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are not something people like to admit to, or talk about.

And yet, they cause so much pain and discomfort to thousands of people. STIs are treatable, and if caught early on, long term effects can be greatly reduced.

If you have any of the symptoms listed below, or suspect you may have been infected come into Peermed today – you will be treated in full confidence with dignity and understanding.

STIs - a huge problem in South Africa

STIs are on the increase in South Africa. Symptoms and signs associated with infection (burning urine, lower abdominal pain, genital itch, vaginal discharge, and genital ulceration) are often not recognised or are just ignored.

The South African Medical Research Council calls sexually transmitted infections South Africa’s “hidden epidemic”. Their statistics are frightening:

  • in the general community, 25% of women have at least one STI
  • about half of these are asymptomatic and hence remain undetected and untreated
  • most of the remaining women with symptomatic infections delay or defer seeking treatment
  • only about 2% of infections are treated within a reasonable time
  • only about a quarter of those treated actually receive the correct drugs
  • re-infection rates are likely to be high as partner treatment strategies are inadequate

What are some of the most common symptoms of sexually transmitted infections?

Remember, in the early stages some STIs have NO symptoms; common ones however are:

  • Itching and/or discharge from the vagina
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Small blisters that turn into scabs on the genital area
  • Flesh-coloured warts around the genital area
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain during urination

If I am diagnosed with an STI will my Peermed doctor be able to cure me?
STIs that are caused by bacteria can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Examples of these are:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Syphilis

Unfortunately STIs caused by viruses cannot be cured. Examples of these are:

    • Herpes
    • HIV
    • HPV

Your Peermed doctor can, however, help you by treating the symptoms and making the disease more manageable.

How can STIs be diagnosed?

At Peermed we will discuss your symptoms with you and then decide which route to go – either an examination, a culture of bodily secretions, or through a blood test.

If you do test positive we will provide full counselling and medical expertise

Sexually transmitted infections do not discriminate.

Don’t take a sexual partner’s word that they do not have an STI. They may not even know it themselves. Always use a condom and ALWAYS have you and your partner tested.

Did you know?

If left untreated, STIs can cause serious health issues. Syphilis can lead to paralysis, mental problems, blindness, and eventually, death.

Chlamydia can result in pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility.

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