The Life Drama Project makes use of applied theatre & performance techniques to promote sexual health & wellbeing in Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Northern Australia.

What are Sexually Transmitted Illnesses

1.2.1 What are sexually transmitted illnesses

Sexually Transmitted Illnesses are illnesses which are often or usually passed on through sexual intercourse.

There are a number of different illnesses which are described as Sexually Transmitted Illnesses. Further information about these illnesses can be found on the links provided:


Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium. For further information on Gonorrea, visit:


Clamydia is a very common sexually transmitted disease which often has no symptoms. For further information on Clamydia, visit:


Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease, the symptoms of which often go unnoticed in the early stages. For further information on syphilis, visit:


Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a virus. It can make people more vulnerable to HIV infection, and it can make an HIV positive person more infectious. For more information on genital herpes, visit:

More factsheets on STIs are available at:


Most Sexually Transmitted Illnesses can be easily treated with antibiotics. Treatment is available through Sexual Health Clinics and other medical treatment facilities such as hospitals and healthcare services run by churches and non-government organisations.