Things to do once you’re sexually active:
Talk to your sexual partners about STIs before having sex
Use a condom or other protection methods
Find an STI testing location
Get tested regularly for STIs
Getting tested for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) on a regular basis is an important part of everyone’s sexual health. Once you start having sex, it’s a good idea to have a sexual health check-up at least every 12 months. You should also get tested:
A sexual health check-up can be nerve-wracking, even more so for those of us who identify as LGBTIQ. Talking about our bodies, how we identify and who we are attracted to with a new doctor is hard, especially if we have to worry whether they’ll respect us.
But here’s the thing, they’ve heard it all before. Not only that, but they’re trained to provide non-judgemental care regardless. There are also many LGBTIQ friendly sexual health services available with doctors and nurses who you can feel free to speak with openly and honestly.
Young people offer their advice on getting a sexual health check-up.
You’re out the door; next stop Bali or Thailand or Fiji! An exciting adventure is the only thing on your calendar and you’re ready for some sun & fun with your mates. You’re up for anything: partying, hook-ups, or maybe even getting a tattoo or piercing. You’ll see where the moment takes you.
With the swirl of excitement surrounding your upcoming trip, you may not be thinking much about the risks (even though your parents are). Something to consider is the potential risk of getting a sexually transmissible infection (STI) or blood-borne virus (BBV). Did you know that they are more common in many countries overseas than in Australia; and in many places, the number of people infected with HIV each year is higher too?