Sexual Health

Whatever your sexual and or gender identity, any relationship you are in, whether first time or regular, you will need to ensure that you are aware of sexually transmitted infections (STI's) and any other conditions that may affect you.

MYTHS:

  • I can’t get an STI from oral sex
  • Getting an STI test is painful and embarrassing
  • I can’t afford STI tests and treatments
  • Only gay men and drug users get HIV
  • Oral contraception can protect against STIs
  • Only people with a lot of sexual partners get STIs
  • STIs will go away on their own

Infections:

Common Symptoms:

  • unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or anus
  • pain when peeing
  • lumps or skin growths around the genitals or anus
  • a rash
  • unusual vaginal bleeding
  • itchy genitals or anus
  • blisters and sores around the mouth, genitals or anus

Preventions

Common methods of preventions are:

 

  • use of male or female condoms for anal, oral, or vaginal sex and using sex toys
  • using a dam (a piece of thin, soft plastic or latex) to cover the female genitals during oral sex or when rubbing female genitals together. How to use a dam
  • clean sex toys before and after use