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STI's - Are you at risk?

 

The below lists categorise some sexual activities that people perform according to the risk of getting or passing on an STI.

Safe:

  • Hugging
  • Kissing
  • Tickling your partner
  • Kissing or licking your partner’s nipples, neck or tummy
  • Body rubbing or dry humping with your clothes on

Low risk:

  • Mutual masturbation. To lower the risk even more keep one hand for yourself and the other for them – to reduce exchange of body fluids
  • Oral sex using a condom or dam
  • Vaginal or anal sex using condoms and water-based lubricant every time
  • Body rubbing or dry humping with no clothes on (or very few clothes on). Some STIs can be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, such as genital herpes and genital warts. Also, pregnancy can occur if ejaculation occurs near the vagina (penetration does NOT need to happen).

Moderate risk:

  • Oral sex without a condom or dam

Unsafe:

  • Using oil-based lubricants (such as Vaseline or massage oils) with condoms
  • Having vaginal or anal sex without a condom but pulling out before ejaculation
  • Ejaculating into your partner’s open eyes
  • Having anal or vaginal sex without a condom
  • Sharing sex toys without using condoms
  • Having sex with multiple partners without changing the condom between partners

You could also be at risk of an STI if:

  • You have had unsafe sex (sex without a condom / condom has not been used properly/condom fell off)
  • You have a new sexual partner or more than one sexual partner
  • You have discharge, sores or pain in the genital area
  • You have been named as a contact of someone else with an STI
  • You cannot remember if you had unsafe sex, for example you were drunk or high
  • You or your partner have ever injected drugs
  • You have had contact with someone else’s blood, such as getting a ‘back yard’ tattoo

For more information about where to get an STI test in WA, click here.

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