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Updated 30 August 2016

9 sexually transmitted diseases you need to know about

Check out these important facts on HIV, syphilis and other diseases you should watch out for if you're sexually active.

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Taking care of your sexual health and that of your partner is important if you're going to enjoy a trouble-free sex life. Here is some info on some of the diseases you both need to be aware of:

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Gonorrhoea is one of the most dangerous sexually transmitted infections and can cause lifelong problems if it isn't nipped in the bud. Here are 10 facts about the condition.

9 facts you should know about chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the world and, if not treated in time, can cause damage to the reproductive system and eventually lead to infertility.

Most sexually active people will get HPV

About 80 percent of sexually active men and women will be infected with human papillomavirus at some point in their lives. Fortunately, in most cases, our immune systems will take care of the problem.

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Currently about 350 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B, a disease that is spread mainly by sexual contact.

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There is a lot of ignorance and confusion about Zika virus disease. The virus is primarily transferred by mosquito bites, but can also be passed on through sexual intercourse. Here are 10 points that will put you in the picture.

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