While some STIs can be painful or uncomfortable, some won’t be painful at all. That’s why you might not know you have one and STI testing is so important.
Buying condoms shouldn’t be embarrassing. Everyone buys them and cashiers are completely used to it. If you are embarrassed, why not try self check out instead?
Most pills need you to wait a week so that the contraceptive can start working. Remember, if you are stopping using condoms you and your partner will need to get an STI test first.
Not only do condoms come in different sizes but they are extremely stretchy too. There will always be a condom that fits. Try experimenting with different brands until you find one that works for you.
Not all STIs have symptoms so there is no way of knowing if someone has one. Getting tested regularly is the best way to stay safe.
People in porn are paid actors. Their turn-ons, desires and reactions are not always the same as during real life sex. Porn scenarios are often very different from real life, and people’s bodies can look a lot different to porn actors too. Just because something is normal in porn does not mean you or your partner have to enjoy doing it. Remember, porn is entertainment, not reality!
For that matter, the only thing that should be used for lubricant is… lubricant! Other things like baby oil, cooking oil and Vaseline degrade condoms and cause them to break. Water- based lubricant is the best, and silicone-based lubricant is safe for condoms but may cause irritation for some people.
Different tests have different costs, but most of the time it’s just the cost of a doctor’s consultation. And, if you have a Medicare Card, most doctors can bulk bill you. That means it’s FREE! You can also get tested for free at your local AMS.
You can choose where to get tested. How about going to a Doctor’s surgery, GP, medical centre, AMS, or Family Planning NSW. There’s definitely no shortage of options.
Even if you’ve only had sex once you’re at risk of getting an STI.
Trust is important but so is looking after your health. You should use condoms until you both get tested for STIs.
Most tests for STIs you can do on yourself, such as urine samples or self-collected swabs. But, if you have symptoms an examination is encouraged. You can always say no.
Most STIs have no symptoms. Take chlamydia as an example. Last year, over 13,000 young people in NSW were diagnosed with it. Yep, it’s that common.
A doctor will always try to ask you before sharing any information you have given them. They may sometimes have to share certain information without your permission.
STIs can be transmitted this way too. With oral sex involving a penis: use a condom. It’ll reduce the risk of getting any STIs.
No one knows your body better than you. So it’s up to you to ask your doctor for a test and tell them how you feel.
It’s just you, so you’re safe! STIs are transmitted when body fluids are transferred from one person to another, or skin-to-skin contact between two people is made.
There’s no cure, but there are treatments out there that can greatly improve the health of people with HIV. Early treatment can mean a long and healthy life.
More and more young people are getting tested. Many of your friends have probably already had an STI test.
People go to the Doctor or AMS for all sorts of things. And, the staff are trained to be non- judgemental.
Pre-cum can contain semen and can transmit STIs or result in a pregnancy.
Whether you are monogamous or not, you both need to get tested for STIs before you stop using condoms.
The Pill doesn’t protect you from STIs. Only condoms prevent both STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
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