LGBTIQ sexual health services and where to find them

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. Continue Reading

Body, Sex

First (parent-free) overseas adventure? Five tips to make sure you enjoy it!

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?

So how can you enjoy this time and keep yourself safe? Really, it’s all about knowing the risks that are out there and taking steps to protect yourself. Continue Reading