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Here’s everything you need to know about STIs

If you’re having vaginal, oral or anal sex — you could be at risk of catching an STI. 

Understanding how to protect yourself from STIs, how and where to get an STI test and the ways STIs can be treated is the first step toward taking control of your sexual health.

STIs are infections passed from one person to another by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Using condoms can reduce your risk of getting an STI.

STI testing is quick and easy. With many STIs not having any symptoms, regular testing (every 6-12 months) is an important part of a health and confident sex life. Testing is free, confidential and usually just requires you to pee in a cup. Sometimes a swab or a blood test is also needed. 

You can get a test at any GP, sexual health clinic or sometimes at your local University health clinic. 

Most STIs are easy to treat if detected early. Watch the video and hear what other students have to say about STI testing and treatment. 

If you have questions about STIs or sexual health you can call the Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 to talk to a nurse. The Sexual Health Infolink is open Monday – Friday between 9am – 5.30pm. The Sexual Health Infolink provides free, non-judgemental sexual health information and referral. You can call if you have STI symptoms, to find your nearest sexual health clinic or if you need access to condoms.

Watch the video and hear what other students have to say about STIs, who’s at risk, how to protect yourself and when to get tested.

 

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.

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