What's the Safer Sex Info

What is Safe Sex?

Herpes is not an infection that people can necessarily prevent themselves getting or passing on because most people are unaware they have it. So getting herpes is more a matter of learning about it and managing it.

However there are measures you can take to reduce the chances of getting Herpes and protect yourself against other STIs.

General routine precautions throughout your sexual life will ensure you protect you and your partner(s) sexual health.

Safe Sex means taking precautions to protect yourself  and your partner against getting an STI or having an unwanted pregnancy.

STIs are very common and most people who have an STI may be unaware they are infected and therefore could infect a partner unwittingly.

Sexual activity involves close skin to skin contact and the exchanging of bodily fluids making it easy to pass on an STI .

Safe sex is about caring for your and your partners body by reducing the chance of passing infections to each other while still being able to enjoy any sort of sexual activity  In fact, sex is far more pleasurable when you're not worrying about STI's, safe in the knowledge you have taken suitable precautions.

How do I have safer sex?

  • Use condoms. With any new or casual partner always use condoms if you have vaginal, anal or oral sex. Need more information on how to use a condom? Click here http://www.health.qld.gov.au/istaysafe/be-safe-with-sex/contraception/condoms.aspx
  • Having sex play without intercourse can be even safer sex
  • Reducing the number of partners you have reduces the chances of getting an STI
  • Have regular sexual health checks. (click here for a clinic near you)
  • If you are in a long term committed relationship and not having sex with anyone else, and want to stop using condoms it is a good idea to discuss this and both get an STI check to ensure you are free of infections (an STI check does not test for all STIs) and make the decision together.
  • Have sex when you are emotionally and physically ready.
  • Avoid being so drunk or high that your judgement is affected
  • Choose partners who don't make you totally responsible for safe sex practices
  • Remember anybody can have an infection and not have symptoms.
  • Do not have sex with anyone who has symptoms e.g. pain
    > urinating, discharge or lesions or blisters until they have
    > been tested.
  • Use condoms. With any new or casual partner always use condoms if you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • Use water-based lubricant with condoms when you have sex.
    > (Always have your own supply and check the expiry dates before use).
  • Ensure you know if you have immunity against Hepatitis.
  • Have regular sexual health checks

If you have a history of sexual or other abuse and you feel this affects your ability to be safe, seek help from a therapist or staff at a sexual health clinic to help you.