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Safer sex

Safer sex is using condoms (or using dams) and a water-based lubricant when engaging in sexual contact. Practising safer sex will help to prevent you getting a sexually transmissible infection (STI) and/or experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

You can also protect yourself from STIs by:

  • Not having sex
  • Having sex with only one monogamous partner
  • Reducing the number of people you have sex with.
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A lot of the time the person does not even know they have an STI. About 80% of people who have Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea (the two most common STIs in Western Australia) have NO symptoms. Therefore, it is always important to protect yourself during sexual activity.

There are really good reasons why sexually active people should practise safe sex:

  • You can’t tell whether someone has an STI based on how they look
  • STIs are common
  • Just because you don’t have symptoms doesn’t mean that you don’t have an STI

If you want to practise safe sex, then there are a number of things you can do to make sure you stick to that decision. For more information about how to negotiate safer sex click here

Firstly know how to use a condom and make sure you always have a supply of condoms available, including when you travel overseas. Click here to find out how to use a condom

For more information on safer sex visit:

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How to use condoms

Check the expiry date and make sure the label says it meets Australian standards Store condoms in a cool place. It is not a good idea to leave condoms in a car. If you do keep condoms in your wallet or purse, make sure you replace them regularly Condoms come in different sizes. Find a …

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Other hints and tips for safer sex

You do not need to be 18 years old to purchase condoms. You can get condoms and lubricants from chemists, supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines in the toilets of pubs and clubs – you do not need a prescription! Store condoms in a cool place – it is not a good idea to leave …

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Safer sex and contraception

If you are going to have sex and do not want to get pregnant you need to use a contraceptive. Condoms are the only contraceptives that protect you against both pregnancy and STIs. The Pill, Spermacide, NuvaRing, Implanon, Depo-Provera injection and IUDs do not protect you from contracting sexually transmissible infections (STIs) or blood borne viruses …

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What to do if you’ve had unsafe sex

If you have had sex without a condom or dam, or the condom broke, or if you think you could have an STI: See a GP or visit a sexual health clinic immediately and ask for an STI and HIV test, as well as emergency contraception if needed. If you have symptoms of an STI don’t …

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