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Safer Sex

Safer sex is using condoms (or 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:

  • Having sex with only one monogamous partner
  • Reducing the number of people you have sex with.
  • Not having sex

A lot of the time, a 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, including understanding if you are at risk of an STI, getting regular STI tests, negotiating sex with your partner and both people consenting to sexagreeing on the type of sex they are willing to have and what kind of contraception you will use.

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

For more information on safer sex visit:

Get the Facts – what is sex?

headspace – sex and sexual health


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