Sexual health

Sexually transmissible infections: what’s new?

Basil Donovan, Frank Bowden



What are the current trends in the field of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and what are the clinical implications of these?

Article Extract

In their introduction to a new series of articles on sexual health, Series Editor Professor Donovan and Professor Bowden look at what’s happening in the field of sexually transmissible infections and discuss what we can do to help the situation.

As the saying goes, the only certainty is change, and in the field of sexual health, sexually transmissible infections (STIs) continue to surprise and challenge us. Old STIs are re-emerging while others are in epidemic phases such that the curable bacterial STIs increasingly dominate the infectious disease statistics. Importantly, the bulk of STI diagnoses in Australia are made by GPs, making this group of health professionals pivotal to any national response.