Syphilis cases are on the rise in Victoria, with the number of
cases almost tripling since 2014. The state recorded 1316 cases of Syphilis in
2020 compared to 1678 cases in 2019, though bearing in mind that screenings for
Syphilis plummeted by almost 70% during the pandemic. This means that the
number of cases in 2020 is likely to be much higher. Whether or not you live in
Victoria, getting a Syphilis test is a good idea.
South Australia has become the last Australian state to
decriminalise abortion. Though legal hurdles and inconsistencies in rules and
regulations between the states persist, the recent passage of The Termination
of Pregnancy Bill in SA signifies an important step in women’s sexual and
Frequent screenings for cervical cancer can lead to early
detection, prevent cancer from developing and save lives. Despite the importance,
the number of those getting tested for cervical cancer in Australia has
drastically declined over the past year.
General STI rates have seen a dramatic increase in recent
years, both in Australia and other parts of the developed world. This steep
rise in diagnoses can largely be attributed to increases in number and
frequency of STI testing, and the increased accuracy of those tests. Societal
changes such as the increased popularity of online dating and dating apps have also
had implications for the spread of STIs.
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