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) is key to a healthy sex life
- STI testing at SHINE SA is easy, painless and FREE if you’re under 30 with a Medicare card
- Condoms should be used with other forms of contraception like The Pill, IUDs, Implanon etc.
To learn more about STIs including testing and treatment, read our Fact Sheet.
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 it’s a good idea to practice using them before you using them for real
To learn more about condoms including how to use them correctly read our Fact Sheet.
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
Learn more about consent and safer sex by reading our Fact Sheet.
Where can I get a Sexual Health Check/STI test?
You can visit SHINE SA for more information on sexual health and STIs as well as testing and treatment.
Find a Clinic
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.
Want to share the Safer Sex message with your organisation?
Download our posters and resources to share with your workplace and community.