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Summer Fun : Time to Test

Sex and summer seem to go hand in hand. There’s something about the sun and the heat, the long days, the holidays and more free time that just brings people together in the most enjoyable of ways. We have more sex during the summer months than in other seasons. We know this for a few reasons:

  • Nine months after summer is September, which is the most common month for births in Australia. Holidays like Christmas and New Year, travel and summer fun are all factors in people having more sex (or at least, unprotected sex) than other months.
  • A 2015 Melbourne study shows that the average number of sexual partners people had over the summer months were higher than in any other season. This is for men who have sex with men, men who have sex with women and women who have sex with men.

As the numbers of partners goes up, so does the number of sexually transmitted infections. Cases of infections like gonorrhoea and chlamydia increase in summer, so if you are going to have some summer fun, make sure you look after yourself and your health.

Condoms, condoms, condoms. These are your best form of protection when it comes to avoiding both STIs and unintended pregnancy. You will want to take some steps in looking after your condoms though. Condoms don’t do super well in the heat so make sure you don’t store them in hot places for too long, like in your glove box or in your bag at the beach. Keep them cool and safe, but close, so they are good to go when you are good to go.

In addition to using protection, you will also want to get yourself tested. A lot of symptoms for STIs are invisible and you may not know you have one. See your GP or visit a sexual health clinic for a full check-up. It’s relatively simple and easy and enables you to take full control of your sexual health.

Take care of yourself so that you can have a summer sex that is safe and fun.

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To minimise the impact and further transmission of HIV, other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. To reduce social, legal and policy barriers which prevent access to health information and effective support and prevention services.

WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Custodians of this country throughout Australia, and their strength, resilience and connection to land and community. In particular, the WA AIDS Council would like to acknowledge the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation as the traditional custodians of the land in which our office is located.

 

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