This video was developed in collaboration with students from the University of New South Wales Peers Advocating for Sexual Health (PASH) Program. NSW Health thanks them for their contributions.
How do you prevent getting an STI?
Use condoms and dams during sex. Condoms will prevent STIs from being passed on. Make sure you change condoms between partners and when sharing sex toys.
Take PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) if you are at risk of HIV. PrEP is a medication taken to prevent HIV for people at risk of becoming infected.
Take PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) if you think you have been exposed to HIV. PEP is a medication you take for one month to reduce the risk of getting HIV.
Test for STIs and HIV every 3-12 months. Testing is important and part of a healthy confident sex life.
How do I know if I have an STI?
Many STIs have no signs or symptoms so you may not know if you or your partner have one until you get an STI test.
You can get an STI test at your local doctor, a sexual health clinic and some university health clinics. You can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 (free call) to find the closest service to you. HIV tests are easy, confidential and nothing to be ashamed about.
When should I get an STI test?
You should get an STI test:
every 6-12 months
when you have a new partner
if you notice any unusual symptoms
STI tests are easy, confidential and nothing to be ashamed about. STIs are tested for by a urine sample or a self collected swab, and a blood test.
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Thank you to all the international students who participated in the hub development and design.>
Grant Partners NSW STI Programs Unit, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD), South Eastern Sydney LHD, Southern and Murrumbidgee LHD, Sydney LHD, Western Sydney LHD, ACON, BUPA, Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH), English Australia, Family Planning NSW (FPNSW), Medibank, Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service, University of NSW (UNSW)