How to protect your family against HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases

Posted November 03, 2018 17:04:25 A recent outbreak of the sexually transmitted disease (STD) has prompted Australia to temporarily close down some gynecologists and hospitals across the country.

The closures are the result of a new coronavirus surveillance update which states that all doctors are now required to report their HPV and STD cases to the health department within 72 hours.

The restrictions mean some gyms and hospitals are closing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It’s not just the health authorities who have to go through the routine reporting, but also the private practitioners, and also the other health professionals,” Dr Paul Bailes from the Department of Primary Health at the University of NSW said.

“The risk of these people catching this virus, getting it, transmitting it to others is extremely high.”

Dr Baile said the outbreak of HPV and the related STDs in the Western Australia town of Gympie has prompted many people to contact their GP or other health professional to ask about vaccination options.

“As a general rule, we have seen a lot of people go to the doctor and say ‘I’m not going to go to a GP, because I don’t want to get infected with HPV’,” he said.

Dr Bails said it was important to remember that people who don’t have HPV infections are still at higher risk of getting a new STD such as cervical cancer, and are therefore at increased risk of contracting HPV and STDs.

“So if you do have a problem with HPV or STD, that can be very dangerous,” he said, adding that doctors should not assume that everyone who contacts their GP for advice about HPV is going to catch the disease.

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