Canterbury District Health Board is hosting another ‘Sex and Consequences: A New Zealand Update’ sexual health seminar in May. This can be attended either in person, or via Zoom, as below.
Wednesday, 12 May 2021, 1pm – 5pm
Venue: Rooms 2.3 A and B, Burwood Hospital, Christchurch & Zoom option also available
This seminar will be addressing the following:
Please RSVP by Friday 30 April advising if attending in person or via Zoom to: Diane Shannon by email: [email protected] or phone: (03) 378 6755
Diary dates: Two further sexual health seminars will be held this year on 11 August and 10 November (1pm – 4.30pm).
Stuff recently featured a story written by a kiwi woman, Sarah, who shares her experience of what it is like to be diagnosed with an STI - in this case herpes. It serves as a good reminder of the myth-busting required to help reduce the stigma, and the important role that health professionals have in facilitating this. In Sarah’s words, “it’s the psycho-social impact that is most punishing."
The Herpes Helpline regularly receives enquiries from people struggling with the shock, shame and confusion resulting from a new genital herpes diagnosis. This is an opportunity for the Helpline nurse counsellors to educate people that herpes simplex (either facial or genital) is, in most situations, a medically insignificant infection. It is simply a skin condition (more commonly known as cold sores) that many of us have and if it is problematic there is effective treatment available. In the vast majority of cases it causes far greater psychological morbidity than physical symptoms. The most important part of medical management is to ensure the patient has access to accurate up to date information that can address their fears and provide them with tools to aid their understanding and to help them move on.
Oral antiviral tablets (Valacyclovir or Acyclovir) are a safe and effective treatment for problematic herpes symptoms. They can be taken daily to reduce or prevent recurrences altogether or episodically if recurrences are fewer but last for longer than a week. If your recurrences are more problematic than less then discuss with your doctor what management would best suit you. They should always be given in a first ever outbreak of herpes as this episode can be more severe and last longer than recurrences which are almost always milder. Many people never get a recurrence after their first episode and most recurrences seem to get less and less over years. The Herpes Helpline 0508 11 12 13 can provide help and advice regarding your treatment options.
Stuff.co.nz. 16:37, Apr 23 2021
Uptake of the HPV vaccine is “absolutely not” where it needs to be, with immunisation rates lagging well behind the national target.
But uptake of a vaccine which protects against infection and can prevent cancers languishes behind the national target – a “poor cousin” which doesn't get the attention it needs, an expert says.
1 NEWS Apr 23 2021
Sexual health experts are concerned by a drop in the number of young people vaccinated last year against HPV, a virus that can cause a raft of cancers including most types of cervical cancers.
1 NEWS Apr 22 2021 (video content)
Vaccines for HPV are offered to intermediate school age children but some GPs say there could be factors beyond Covid for reduced numbers receiving the jab.
Stuff.co.nz. 05:00, Apr 12 2021
OPINION: I was very sad to hear the news that cabinet minister and East Coast MP Kiri Allan has been diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer. If you don’t know where the cervix is, it’s the small passageway connecting the vagina and the uterus.
As Minister for Emergency Management, she calmly dealt with the aftermath of the recent earthquakes off the East Cape and the Kermadec Islands. That same day she’d also had an ultrasound and biopsy after experiencing months of back, stomach, and leg pain and a period that was lasting weeks rather than days. Those are all potential signs of cervical cancer.
The most important risk factor for cervical cancer is persistent infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV spreads through sexual intercourse and skin-to-skin contact. That also includes hand to genital contact, oral sex, and to babies during childbirth.
Joint press release - STIEF & HNCFA
Scoop 09:52. Mar 3 2021
As our collective consciousness is focussed on coronavirus and the new COVID vaccines, it seems timely to remind New Zealanders about another effective virus-fighting vaccine that we should be thinking about too: Gardasil. This highly effective, safe vaccine fights the Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV, and massively reduces the risk of developing genital warts, as well as multiple different forms of cancer.
The 4th of March marks International HPV Awareness Day. HPV is one of the world’s most widespread viral infections, usually resulting from direct skin-to-skin contact during intimate sexual contact with someone who has HPV. The virus can be transmitted by penetrative as well as non-penetrative sexual contact and is thought to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world. The Head and Neck Cancer Foundation Aotearoa (HNCFA) and the Sexually Transmitted Infections Education Foundation (STIEF) want to take this opportunity to remind New Zealanders about the devastating health impacts that can result from HPV infection, and to encourage those that haven’t already had their Gardasil vaccine, to book in now!