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Use this page to find out about STIs and their symptoms so you can recognise them early and get tested.

Burnett Foundation offers self STI testing kits and STI & HIV testing  in our three centres across Aotearoa - click here to find your closest testing place. Please remember that if you are already displaying STI symptoms, we won't be able to test you and must refer on to Sexual Health Services or your regular clinic to be tested and connected to treatment.

Sexual Health Services offer full STI screening services and can connect you to treatment immediately.

You can also request STI screenings with your personal GP.

STIs

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  • Chlamydia

    Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can infect the mucous lining of the penis, anus or eyes.

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  • Gonorrhoea

    Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection that lives in the mucous lining of the penis, throat, anus or eyes.

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  • Syphilis

    Syphilis is a bacterial infection that infects the penis, throat or anus and then spreads to different parts of the body through the bloodstream.

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  • Herpes (HSV)

    Herpes (HSV) presents in two different types.

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  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

    Human Papillomavirus (Warts) is the virus that can cause warts on the penis, anus or surrounding areas.

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  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)

    LGV is a particularly virulent form of the Chlamydia bacteria. It is still rare, but it may become more common over time.

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  • HIV

    ​We comprehensively discuss HIV across our website, so we'll just cover the basics here. HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It belongs to a group of viruses called retroviruses, which work by invading cells within the body then begin to continually reproduce itself.

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  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis A causes inflammation in the liver and is the form of the virus which often comes on very quickly and is short-term but severe.

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  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis B is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. 

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  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis C (HCV) is a virus that causes serious damage to the liver.

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  • Gut Infections

    Gut Infections are caused by bacteria (such as amoebiasis, shigellosis, giardiasis and salmonellosis).

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  • Molloscum Contagiosum

    Molloscum Contagiosum (MC) is a virus that causes pimple-like lumps on the body.

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  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)

    Pubic Lice (Crabs) are small parasites that grip onto the hair in the genital area.

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  • Scabies

    Scabies are tiny mites (smaller than crabs) that burrow under the skin to lay eggs.

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  • Thrush

    Thrush (or Candidiasis) is a yeast infection that irritates the mucous membranes around the genitals.

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What you need to know about STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

A healthy sex life isn't just about having a lot of really great sex (don't get us wrong, it's a big part of it), it also means we need to talk more about STIs. The more people using condoms with casual partners, testing regularly, and being treated for STIs, the less we'll see new STI diagnoses.

There are many types of STIs and they can be viral, bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections. Different STIs are transmitted in different ways and, unlike HIV, they can often be transmitted via oral sex, saliva and condomless anal sex with partners.

Finding out you have an STI is nothing to be ashamed. But, you do need to tell all your sexual partners from the last 3 months. Don't know how to tell them? we can write the message for you 

 

Prevention

Unlike with HIV, there aren't always clear cut prevention methods for all STIs. What we do know, is that condoms help prevent a lot of STIs. Being equipped with condoms, lube, regular STI testing and the knowledge on this page you should be ready to navigate your sexual encounters more safely. 

Remember though, that there is no shame in contracting an STI. What's important is that you get tested regularly so you can pick up anything you may have and get it treated (or get the right medical advice for STIs without treatments) quickly. 

One of the leading causes of STIs spreading is the fear of getting tested - which means they can be transmitted without people ever knowing they had them.

 

Symptoms

Symptoms can be misleading or often not exist at all when it comes to certain STIs, this is why we can't stress enough that getting tested regularly is the best way to keep track of and treat any STIs. 

If you're testing with us - remember that if you are already displaying STI symptoms, we won't be able to test you and will refer you on to Sexual Health Services or your regular clinic to be tested and connected to treatment. 

You can find your closest Sexual Health Clinic with this helpful tool on Just The Facts

Testing

Burnett Foundation offers self STI testing kits and STI & HIV testing  in our three centres across Aotearoa - click here to find your closest testing place. Please remember that if you are already displaying STI symptoms, we won't be able to test you and must refer on to Sexual Health Services or your regular clinic to be tested and connected to treatment.

Sexual Health Services offer full STI screening services and can connect you to treatment immediately.

You can also request STI screenings with your personal GP.

If you get an STI, your partners want to know.

If you get diagnosed with an STI, you need to tell everyone from the last 3 months. 

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Message Generator - Tell them you have an STI

Telling someone you hooked-up with that you have an STI can be hard, use our tool & we will write the message for you (including options for if you want to see them again). 

 

Helpful Links

  • JustTheFacts.co.nz has pretty much everything you need to know about STIs and it's all presented in a non-judgmental format that aims to reduce STI stigma
  • The Ministry of Health has information on New Zealand's leading STIs and official treatment and prevention statements for the health system
  • Our friends over at New Zealand AIDS Foundation have info on various STIs
  • The New Zealand Sexual Health Society has a comprehensive list of the sexual health clinics around the country
  • Tell Me Tool - Don't know how to tell a previous partner that you have an STI? We'll write the message for you. 

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