Skye McGregor | Here’s your STI check, Australia
There’s no shame in having an STI or blood borne virus, so let’s have open discussions about it, to make sex not just fun, but safe.
In 2020, as Australia experienced lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s reported STIs declined. However, there still over 90,000 notifications of chlamydia, making it the most common STI, with gonorrhoea the second most common.
So how do we know this? Don’t worry, epidemiologists aren’t peeping through your windows and taking notes! Through public health surveillance and recording, these scientists are able to collate a broad range of data about sexually transmissible infections to create better public health campaigns. Because, unfortunately if left untreated, STIs can lead to serious health complications. So how can we bring better treatment and awareness to communities to make sure they stay healthy? If you’re lucky enough to be getting lucky now that COVID restrictions have eased, there are some things you can do: use protection, have open discussions with your partners and get tested! It’s free, it’s easy and it’s relatively pain free…
In ten minutes or roughly the length of time it takes to correctly put a condom on a banana, epidemiologist Skye McGregor will bring you up to speed with Australia’s STI check up, and how you should be protecting yourself.
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Dr Skye McGregor is an epidemiologist at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Sydney. Her work focuses on surveillance and prevention of sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses. She leads production of the national sexually transmissible infections and blood borne viruses annual surveillance reports for Australia. Skye is also involved in research that focuses on development of novel public health surveillance measures, and the evaluation of public health programs in Australia, including HIV prevention and treatment, HPV vaccination, and the national syphilis response.