Australia's Intelligent STI Check - Fast, Convenient and Discreet
Not having sex altogether is the only definitive way to prevent STIs / STDs, however there are several less drastic steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Safer sex includes regular testing and considering the following:
- Request that your sexual partners be tested for STIs before you engage in sexual activities with them.
- Know the signs and symptoms of STI, if you notice something that worries you, order a test.
- Think about your drug and alcohol use. Research shows that drug and alcohol use increases the risk of unprotected sex.
- Always use a new latex condom every time you have sex, even during your period. Condoms provide the best protection against the contraction of STIs.
- For oral sex, use a condom.
- Screen for STIs if and when your risk profile changes.
- Have a mutually monogamous relationship - once you and your partner know you're both STI free, stay faithful.
- Get Hepatitis B and possible HPV immunisations, the vaccines are safe and effective. Hepatitis B is a serious and sometimes fatal disease. HPV can cause external warts and abnormal cells on the cervix.