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Genital herpes transmission

Genital herpes is transmitted (spread) by direct skin-to-skin contact, especially during intimate sexual contact, with a person who is infected with the herpes simplex virus.

Sexual Health

Herpes treatments

Although there is currently no cure for genital herpes (a common STI in Australia), treatments are available that can reduce the severity, frequency and duration of episodes.

Sexual Health

Listeria risk in pregnancy

Listeria bacteria can cause serious problems during pregnancy. Listeria can be transmitted by eating contaminated food, but there are steps you can take to avoid infection.

Travel Health

Ultrasound in pregnancy

Ultrasound scans in pregnancy are a way of checking on the developing baby. Ultrasound scans use high-frequency soundwaves to create moving images of the baby, shown on a screen. 

Tests & Investigations

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It affects both men and women, and it's spread by having sex with a person who has the infection.

Women's Health

Feet: checklist for foot health

Foot problems such as smelly feet, athlete's foot, plantar warts, corns and infected toenails can all be alleviated through good foot care. Use this checklist of quick questions to check the health of your feet. 

Skin & Hair Symptoms

Asthma and pollen

Find out how pollen affects asthma, which plants typically cause allergies and how to minimise your exposure to pollen.

Asthma

Weight loss medicines

Weight loss medicines are medications that can be used to help you lose weight when lifestyle changes – such as healthy diet and exercise – have not been successful on their own.

Nutrition & Weight

Earwax

Earwax is quite harmless and a normal part of the body's self-protection mechanism. Earwax can be various colours from light yellow through to brown. Producing a lot of earwax is not a sign of poor hygiene.

Kids' & Teens' Health

Osteoarthritis: prescription medicines

Medicines to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis usually form part of a treatment plan. Find out the current thinking on paracetamol, NSAIDs, corticosteroid injections and other prescription medicines for arthritis.

Arthritis

Haemophilus influenzae

The bacterium Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) can cause meningitis and epiglottitis. Since routine Hib vaccination started in Australia, the number of cases of Hib infection has been greatly reduced.

Respiratory Health

Appendicitis

Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. It usually starts with the main symptom of pain around the navel that moves to the lower right abdomen.

Kids' & Teens' Health

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside the uterus (womb). Most ectopic pregnancies occur in one of the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancy is a serious condition.

Babies & Pregnancy

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a procedure that can be used to investigate and treat a variety of conditions. It involves using a telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope to view the inside of the abdomen and/or pelvis.

Women's Health

Pancreatic cancer

There are many types of pancreatic cancer. Each requires different treatment and has a different outlook for survival. The most common type of pancreatic cancer is pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Gastrointestinal Health