What you need to know about STIs
Many STIs have no symptoms and if left untreated can cause long-term health concerns
You don’t need to have sex with lots of people to get an STI
Regular testing (every 6-12 months, or with every new partner) is key to a healthy sex life.
Condoms should be used with other forms of contraception like The Pill, IUDs, Implanon etc
STI testing at SHINE SA is easy, painless and FREE if you’re under 25 with a Medicare card.
What you need to know about condoms
When used correctly condoms are highly effective at reducing the risk of STIs and unintended pregnancy
Use water-based lubricant to prevent condoms breaking and for extra pleasure
You can use condoms for vaginal, anal or oral sex (dental dams are also a great option for oral sex).
Condoms come in different sizes and flavours, experiment with different types to find what suits you
If you’ve never used a condom before it’s a good idea to practice using them before you using them for real.
What you need to know about consent
Consent must come before any sexual activity of any kind
Communication is key! Talk with your partner/s and agree together about what’s OK for each of you
Consent must be active, voluntary, sober and continuous.
Consent is an ongoing process that needs to be maintained throughout sexual activity
Check in with your partner to see if they are still happy to go on. If at any time your partner/s are not into it, it’s their right to stop at any time. The same applies for you.
Where can I get a sexual health check?
You can visit SHINE SA for more information on sexual health and STIs as well as testing and treatment.
You can also make an appointment with your local doctor, health care provider or Aboriginal Health service.
Adelaide Sexual Health Centre also provides a free and confidential specialist sexual health service, call 7117 2800.