Sex-who to talk to
Sex is an intimate union of two consenting individuals who explore each other’s sexual needs and desires. It is also the way human beings create life and make babies.
Learning to talk about sex is the first step to having a safe and healthy sexual relationship. Being able to talk about sex to girlfriends/boyfriends, trusted friends or parents can be an important part of all our relationships.
Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone about sex who isn’t close to you, like family and friends. Family planning NSW is a service where information is readily available on their website here www.fpnsw.org.au or if you feel like talking to someone they also operate Talkline 1300 658 886, a confidential telephone and email information and referral service, connecting experts to communities across NSW.
Safe sex and STI's
Sex can be great but if a person is not careful they can have sexual problems or catch STI’s (sexually transmitted infections). Always use condoms to keep yourself safe and help protect you from catching or passing on an STI.
Some STI’s you may have heard of and some you may have not. Some are chlamydia, genital warts, pubic lice (‘crabs’), scabies, gonorrhoea, syphilis, genital herpes, hepatitis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal or oral sex. Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as herpes and HIV, have no cure but can be treated to prevent them getting worse.
If you think that you may have an STI, don’t panic. You simply need to be tested, and then treatment can be given if it’s needed. Go to your doctor, local community health centre or nearest family planning clinic.
Sex and the law
There are laws that say when people can start having a sexual relationship (16 in NSW) and it is different depending on what state or territory you’re in.
Go to http://www.theline.gov.au > Resources > Relationships > Healthy Relationships > the age of consent Factsheet
or the Australian government’s website for Age of consent at http://www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/index.php > Publications-Publications by topic > Legal issues-Child protection legislation > Age of consent laws
Contraception means a way of preventing an unwanted pregnancy. There are different methods of contraception.
These methods include: Hormonal contraceptive pills, the vaginal ring, the contraceptive implant and the contraceptive injection, Intrauterine devices (IUDs), Barriers (condoms and the diaphragm) and Fertility awareness based methods (ie checking your temperature)
You can get different forms of contraception from different places. Most forms of contraception need to be accessed through a doctor or health professional.
Places where contraception is available are family planning centres, women’s health centres, sexual health centres, community health centres and hospitals. You can pick up condoms from a chemist or supermarket without a doctor’s prescription.