Getting checked that is.
Sex is a normal part of life. Talking openly about your sexual health should be too.
There’s a lot more to sexual health than just sex! It’s about whether you feel safe and comfortable too. Communication is key before, during and after sex.
Talk openly with your partner(s) about sexual health, pleasure, consent and protection. Talk to your doctor, nurse or health worker about your sexuality and relationships, the best protection options for you and (and treatment if necessary).
Sexual Health Month (4 September – 2 October 2023)
Sexual Health Month is a timely reminder for anyone who is sexually active to look after their sexual health as seriously as they would any other aspect of their health and talk to their doctor, nurse or health worker about their sexual health. Take control of your sexual health, enjoy the fun and pleasure of sex without any worries!
Safer sex. Get checked. Treatment.
Don’t feel embarrassed talking about sex. Share the pleasure - look after yourself, your partner(s) and your family and have a sexual health check up annually.
Sexual health, language and culture
The Multicultural Health Support Service (MHSS) helps to reduce HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs in refugee, migrant, asylum seeker communities
Choosing contraception that's right for you
You can discuss your contraception options with a GP or health nurse. Different methods may suit you at different times in your life.
Knowing when you're ready for sex
Sex can mean different things to different people. Define sex in a way that feels right for you.
Women's sexual and reproductive health
Are you looking after your sexual health and wellbeing? It's important to have regular check ups including STI checks at least once a year.
Masturbation is a natural sexual activity that can be done individually or with partners. It has health benefits for people of all ages.
Let's talk about condoms
Condoms come in all different colours and textures - there are even male and female ones. But did you know condoms have a use-by date?
The HPV vaccine is most effective when given to adolescent boys and girls before they become sexually active. The recommended age is 12 to 13 years.
Types of sexually transmissible infections (STIs)
Many people who have chlamydia don't have any symptoms. It is common among young people who regularly change sexual partners.
HIV is commonly spread during unprotected sex and sharing needles and other injecting equipment.
You can catch syphilis by having unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who is in the first 2 stages of the infection.
Hepatitis is an umbrella term for several diseases that affect the liver - including hepatitis A, B and C that can be spread through sexual contact.
Genital warts are a common STI caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are spread by skin-to-skin contact. Not all warts are visible.
Where to get tested
Find a health service near you
Use the National Health Services Directory to search for health services in your local area.
Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and testing for STIs (video)
STIs don't discriminate - anyone can get an STI without even knowing it.