Patients that contract a Sexually Transmitted Infections frequently report experiencing numerous amalgamations of mental distress… This may include depression, stigma and shame, prolonged anger, feelings of guilt, fear of transmission to sexual partners, as well as relationship difficulties relating to their condition and/or diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with an STI, or suspect that you may have contract and STI, please call our offices for immediate and confidential assistance.


HIV & STI’s

Whilst the last thirty years has seen some remarkable improvements in detection, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections, surprisingly the incidence of many conditions is on the rise. For example, generations older than 50 are now the fastest growing population affected by STI’s.

It is estimated that worldwide, there are almost 450 Million new cases of viral, bacterial and parasitic person to person, sexually transmitted infections each year. Some curable, some incurable, and many without symptoms.

The sexual and psychological challenges associated with having an STI will vary from one condition to another. For example, patients diagnosed with many lifelong/incurable STI’s (such as HIV and Genital Herpes) often have more difficulty in dealing with the psychological impact, rather than with the physical discomfort of the condition. Patients frequently report experiences of mental distress including depression, stigma and shame, prolonged anger, feelings of guilt, fear of transmission to sexual partners, as well as relationship difficulties relating to their condition and/or diagnosis. Drug and substance abuse issues are also common amongst STI patients.

From a relationship perspective, navigating though STI related issues can be extremely challenging and distressing. Accordingly, the treatment of HIV and STI’s is a couple’s issue requiring specialist sexual health physician care.

Issues needing serious consideration include:

Disclosing to your partner that you (and perhaps they) have an STI

  • Relationship breakdown including issues relating to infidelity, illness secrecy and risk taking behaviours
  • Issues of stigma and immorality
  • Strategies to prevent STI transmission
  • Coping with illness and treatment side-effects
  • Drug and substance abuse
  • Sexual adjustment
  • Partner / carer support

If you have been diagnosed with an STI, or suspect that you may have contracted or be at risk of contracting an STI, please call our offices for immediate and confidential assistance.