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One common worry that young people have about sex (particularly penetrative sex) is whether or not it’s going to hurt. While it’s totally normal for sex, whatever that means for you, to be awkward, strange and maybe a little uncomfortable, it shouldn’t be too painful. Here are some ways to help make sex
Sexual Health for Women Traditional sexuality education in schools tends to focus on reproduction and the risk of unplanned pregnancy for young women. This isn’t the only aspect of sexual health that affects young women, so let’s re-visit some women’s health basics. While a lot of these topics are specific to women who have vaginas/get
There are many benefits of using lube during sex. It can make sex more pleasurable for all parties, it can increase the sensation when using barriers such as condoms or dams and it decreases friction during sex which means that condoms are less likely to break. There are an overwhelming number of lubes available though,
One question we often get asked is “Why should I bother using condoms if my partner and I are using contraception?” Sex education has not succeeded in teaching people the difference between these two types of tools – so tune in as we try to fill in the gaps. Firstly, what is contraception? Contraception has
On a warm sunny Sunday, YEAH made a triumphant return to the 2016 Midsumma Carnival, the official launch day of Midsumma Festival – Melbourne’s annual queer celebration festival! I was lucky enough to be joined by Agents Kassy and Maddie as part of the inclusive Youth Space – where we engaged with young people at
Schoolies is a great opportunity for YEAH to connect with young people during an important stage in their life, as they transition from school to the workplace, or on to further education. It’s an important milestone in the transitioning from adolescence to adulthood and exploring their newfound independence. For many this maturity also includes exploring
By Kassy Drummond – Local Leader- Melbourne, Agents of YEAH Kassy’s online blog: ‘Sapphic Sex Guide’ Hey guys sorry for not posting on Friday, I got busier than expected. Hopefully I should be able to keep to schedule from now on So let’s learn about dams The best way to prevent STI transmission when participating
IMPORTANT: This is a series of posts for an assignment for UNIB3004 at the University of Melbourne From a young age, we are taught there are two genders: male and female. Case closed. As we grow up, we are told and taught what gender we are and for many, this works out fine. However, for
IMPORTANT:This is part of a post for UNIB30004 at the University of Melbourne According to one study, 65% of trans* individuals have been discriminated against in some form. This discrimination takes many forms and penetrates everyday life, most coming from cisgendered people. “I get trivialized for my self-identified pronouns as they/them, where cis people make
IMPORTANT: This is part of a post for UNIB30004 at the University of Melbourne But what can help lead to positive life consequences for a trans person? Positive reinforcement in the forms of validation and support and visibility. Validation and support are two things that go hand in hand to shape a positive experience for
The trans* experience is a long and complicated one which can take a positive or negative turn at multiple intervals in the individual’s life. To begin to understand the issues surrounding being trans*, such as discrimination, mental health, and lack of visibility, we as an entirety can begin to change how the world views genders
Did you know cornflakes were invented to stop masturbation? Masturbation is weird. Not the act itself but all the stuff around it. For some reason it’s something a lot of us do, yet we don’t talk about it. In the ‘olden days’ masturbation was thought of as something bad. It was believed to cause many
Originally published on Everyday Feminism. “It’s my choice, so it’s feminist!” This is a common refrain. But is every choice we make inherently feminist – or are we influenced by misogyny? Check out this comic with a smart perspective on this tough question. Does it make you think differently about any of your choices? And
‘Sexting’ is a recent term, which combines ‘sex’ and ‘texting’, to describe the use of technology for sharing personal sexual content. The term and method might be new but the practice of sharing personal sexual images is as old as cave paintings. Why do some people sext? Well it can be foreplay for some or a
July 28th is World Hepatitis Day. It is estimated that there are almost half a million Australians living with hepatitis B or C. Close to 1,000 Australians die each year due to viral hepatitis; so urgent action is required to prevent these deaths. Ensuring all Australians with chronic hepatitis B and C are diagnosed, undergo
Vulvas: Most of us have them, but not many of us necessarily know all that much about them (although we kind of have an advantage over our heterosexual sisters in this regard, don’t we?). IF we are lucky enough to hear about them in school we probably get a diagram similar to this one
Check out this Blog on ‘Consent’ from Australia’s new site to resource young women to face tricky life situations with great information: RosieRespect.org.au What is Consent? What is Consent? Consent is when you freely agree to participate in sexual activity with another person (or people). It is saying YES! to sex (anything from kissing to intercourse),
Red Aware @ Adelaide Schoolies by Greg Tropeano Each year in late November thousands of South Australian school-leavers head to Victor Harbour for the Schoolies Festival. Schoolies is often portrayed by the media as a kind of Dionysian debauch; a weekend of binge drinking, illicit drug use and unsafe sexual behaviour. Not having attended Schoolies myself,
Welcome to our Safe Sex Gazette blog! Every Thursday we’ll be bringing you a wrap-up of the week’s sexual health news (and other researchy stuff) from around Australia and the world.This is a blog for those of you with a keen interest in, or curiosity about, sex and sexual health. Whether it’s the science or the social side of sexuality that you’re into, you’ll usually find something in the list to take your fancy.
In honour of the recent 20th International AIDS conference (held in Australia for the first time), I have asked some of my savvy friends to share their thoughts on sex, health and relationships. Today Caitlin Hennesy, a 24 year old from South Australia, provides a youth perspective on AIDS 2014 and the power of narrative.
In July 2014, Melbourne hosted the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). YEAH took a leading role in community engagement during AIDS 2014, using art as social advocacy we conceived and produced many of the large scale installations throughout the Melbourne bringing youth focused issues, challenges and vision for an HIV Free Generation to the attention of the local community and international onlookers.
YEAH is super pumped after being back on the road with Groovin the Moo for the 4th year running, taking our inflatable condom castle and teams of vollies around Australia to promote positive safe sex messages.
Last month YEAH ran our annual local leader training. Ten bright young things from across the country joined us in Melbourne for two days of all things safe sex to become champions of sexual health peer education. Our friend and volunteer extraordinaire Caitlin Hennessy shares her experiences from attending the training.
As you know, the purpose of IDAHOT day is to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.
So within this context, we asked Jeremy Wiggins a few questions covering gender expression and orientation and experience of stigma and discrimination. And would also like to get your words of wisdom for any of our audience who may be subject to stigma or discrimination, or who are unsure how to participate in social change.
Dr Regina Quiazon
Senior Research and Policy Advocate
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS or YEAH’s National Youth Sexual Health Council (NYSC) has been responsible four youth led sexual health events this year. Next month the council is celebrating our final event, National Youth Week, by sharing stories about sex.
On Saturday 22nd February at the second annual White Night festival, YEAH launched Love MELBOURNE. The Love MELBOURNE installation promised to inspire and capture the public’s love for their vibrant and dynamic city. Over the course of the night, the sculpture was bought to life as it gradually became covered in over 7000 messages reflecting
Last Saturday night YEAH launched ‘Love MELBOURNE’ at White Night festival. Our hard to miss letters attracted a huge crowd, and before we knew it, the Kevron key tags had disappeared and our sculpture was gleaming in colourful messages. An amazing team of volunteers helped out across the night, and our friend and volunteer extraordinaire Liam Allen was one of this awesome crew. Here is his blog from the night!
Last week was World AIDS Day, and by golly, it was a big one for the YEAH team!
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Play a part. Have your voice heard.
Erin Murray from Victoria Legal Aid talks sexting and consent.
December 1 is World AIDS Day. Play a part. Have your voice heard.
World Mental Health Day is just around the corner so we chatted to headspace GP Advisor, Claudio Villella about how mental health and sexual health are kinda joined at the hip when it comes to young people.
Last week our fantasmagorical peer educators set up camp at Melbourne’s Teen Expo and, over three days, chatted to almost 8,000 high school students. Kerith is one of our ‘new kids’ in Melbourne and did an incredible job at the event. Seriously, nobody would’ve ever known it was her first time as an official Agent. Go Kerith!
Welcome to our blog! Every Thursday we’ll be bringing you a wrap-up of the week’s sexual health news (and other researchy stuff) from around Australia and the world.This is a blog for those of you with a keen interest in, or curiosity about, sex and sexual health. Whether it’s the science or the social side of sexuality that you’re into, you’ll usually find something in the list to take your fancy.
We recently met Ellen, a young Melburnian who saw us quoted in The Age, calling for more sex ed to be included in the proposed Australian Curriculum. She felt so strongly about it that she decided to start her own petition to draw further attention to the issue.
Sing a song about safe sex!
Win an iPad!
Micah Scott is the General Manager at Minus18, Australia’s largest support network for gay, bisexual, lesbian and trans teenagers. He chatted to us about why more inclusive sex ed for same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people is super important.
Today is World Hepatitis Day! Did you know there are five different types of Hepatitis but around 500 million people across the world are currently infected with chronic Hepatitis B and C? Good thing is… it’s largely preventable. Our Agents of YEAH in Brisbane have been trained up on lots of Hep facts so they can share what they know in their workshops in QLD. Cammy gives us the low down.
If you’re an Australian keen to get active and play a role in helping to shape the strategic direction of the AIDS 2014 Youth Program, then look no further. There are a wide range of roles and opportunities to get involved and be a local Australian member of the 2014 Melbourne Youth Force (MYF), a global network of young people and adult allies committed to shaping the next generation’s response to HIV and AIDS in the world. The MYF will be the primary network for young people to work together to shape the strategic direction of youth activities in and around AIDS 2014 Conference.
National stats reveal Chlamydia is three-and-a-half times more prevalent amongst aboriginal Australians, syphilis levels are six times higher and gonorrhoea is thirty times more common. Ahead of NAIDOC Week (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) we spoke to 2Spirits team leader, Michael Scott about some of the issues he sees working as a sexual health educator with aboriginal communities.
YEAH is proud to introduce you to our very first National Youth Sexual Health Council!
The International AIDS Conference is the largest global health conference in the world and our beautiful home city, Melbourne, is playing host to the event next year.
Well, it has been a busy couple of months for Darwin’s Agents of YEAH team.
Late May saw us busily prepare for one of Darwin’s main youth music events – Bass in the Grass.
Hello RedAware Moo-groovers!
Thank you to everyone who entered our Matt and Kim competition hosted by our pals over at Faster Louder.
In case you missed it, here’s what happened.
Over the past couple of months we’ve been running Agents of YEAH training in lots of cities across lots of states. We’ve met some amazing young people and learned so much.
Sam completed the Agents’ training in Melbourne and was kind enough to share his reflections with us. Over the two days of training, Sam and his fellow safe sex champions covered topics like; Sexual Health and STIs, HIV and Stigma and Discrimination. They also learned how to put all this new stuff into action as peer educators at events and workshops. Here’s what he had to say about it… Enjoy!
Find out about YEAH’s signature youth sexual health peer education program by downloading the new Agents of YEAH promo.
In an exciting turn of events at this year’s Groovin the Moo festival, we teamed up with Brooklyn babes Matt and Kim to produce limited edition sexy safe sex posters!
How Sex Education will be incorporated into the Australia Health and Physical Education Curriculum has been causing much debate for some time. That is why you might remember that back in 2012, YEAH, in partnership with the Australian Youth Affairs Council, asked young Australians to share their views on the state of school based sex education though the ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ national youth survey.
Congratulations to our Groovin the Moo competition winners. These lucky devils will be off to GTMs all around the country. We’ll keep you all posted on the awesome sexual health promotion ideas that made them our winners!
At YEAH we’re completely committed to ensuring that young people play a part in all levels of decision making within our organisation (it’s even in our name, for Pete’s sake). So this year we’re starting the National Youth Sexual Health Council (NYSC).
National Youth Week is the 7th to 14th of April and this year, to celebrate all things youth- and the wonderful and varied ways that young people contribute to society- we interviewed the CEO of the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), Jan Owen.
This week is National Youth Week and no discussion about young people’s wellbeing should be complete without a conversation about sexual health.
We asked our friends and supporters to share with us their sex education stories. Some are good, some are not so good! But they all serve to remind us why it’s so important that we do what we do.
Recently our Agents of YEAH manager Alex, went to Perth to train up some amazing new Agents in the West. Not one to slack off, the team has already held its first event: a stall at Curtin University’s O’Week. Gun Agent Nicole tells us what her ‘first time’ was like and what to expect when gettin’ RedAware.
In honour of International Women’s Day we reached out to our friends at WIRE (Women’s Information and Referral Exchange) for a chat about how sexual health education and support can, and should, be incorporated into women’s services.
During Feb YEAH peer educators were out on the ground at uni and TAFE O’Weeks all around the country. Davids Towl is RMIT’s Health Promotion Officer and recently worked with the YEAH team to organise a group of our sexual health peer educators to be part of the RMIT’s re-orientation day. He chatted to us about why it’s so important to have sexual health education at universities.
This February YEAH’s crew of trusty Agents and volunteers will be hitting up O’weeks all over the country, delivering useful advice, resources and information to young people about to start a more independent phase of their lives
Here at YEAH we’re reaching out to other youth and sexual health organisations as part of our RedAware campaign. Over the coming months we’ll be bringing you information and advice from some of the leaders in these fields, starting, this week, with Family Planning Victoria’s Medical Director, Kathleen McNamee. Dr McNamee chats to YEAH about how to stay safe, healthy and happy over the holiday season. Enjoy!
This year we found inspiration in the International AIDS Society’s World AIDS Day photo campaign and decided to add a little YEAH flavour to their great idea!
Over the next few months we’ll be bringing you updates from our wonderful volunteers, the Agents of YEAH! First cab off the rank is Gwyn, who joined us at Fed Square last week to commemorate World AIDS Day…. Take it away Gwyn!
This World AIDS Day, YEAH is getting into some pretty flippin’ impressive events, in cities all across the country.
World AIDS Day is just around the corner and here at YEAH we didn’t want the day to go by without startin’ some conversations and taking some action.
We love our 2,500 Facebook fans so much that we just want more, more, more (Also, we want to take over the world via the internet). So we’re running a competition to get our Facebook numbers up to 3,000.
We’re excited to have an article in this month’s Active and Healthy magazine.
Pretty soon, thousands of Year 12s from all over the country will head to Schoolies in search of a good time.
The best thing about SEXtember is that…The stories are all conceived, researched and written by international students, they’re writing about what sort of sexual health and sexuality information is important and appropriate for their own contexts and communities.
After littering the table in front of us with Red Aware merchandise, the crowd slowly trickled through the gates, and it wasn’t long before bags and condoms were being snatched from our hands…
We’re looking for someone with a background in public health or the community sector, who can work with a small and dynamic team. Sound like you?
“In general we were received well, though I found there were some noticeable differences in reactions and attitudes towards our content from the different cultures in attendance.”
The AIDS Council of South Australia (ACSA) works with various vulnerable communities to reduce the transmission and impact of HIV in South Australia.
We gathered in a circle and each person picked a card with an STI fact on it: the fact was whispered around the circle and hearing the final outcome compared to the actual fact gave a good indication that all the facts people previously found out from friends may not be true.
As part of our Medical degree, there’s been a considerable focus on Health Promotion and the role of community health in the broader spectrum of healthcare. Angus Brown and myself (Harry Brown – no relation) – aptly named ‘Hangus’, or the Brown Brothers – spent a year of placement with the team at the YEAH
I was curious to see how many people are actually practicing safe sex so I decided to stir up some convos with my mates to see what their attitudes were…
Check out the webcasts and get the latest news from the 2012 International AIDS Conference.
Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition have called on the Federal Government to formally include sexual health guidelines in the national curriculum, following the release of a national youth survey today showing overwhelming support for standardised teaching. The ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ survey of over 1200 young people – commissioned
In May this year, Red Aware got on the road and travelled Australia with Groovin’ the Moo. It was epic.
The guys and girls of Red Aware at Groovin’ Townsville were awesome. They got their message out about safe sex and joined in one of Townsville biggest parties all at the same time. The group of friends I was with had an awesome time stopping by the tent, taking photo answering quizes and just helping
A huge day that involved condom demonstrations, vulva-shaped cupcakes and r’n’b hits from Salt n Pepa.
Last weekend YEAH kicked off it’s national tour with Groovin’ the Moo. The first event was in Bendigo, Victoria. A crack team of volunteers attended this event. One of them was Angus Brown. This is his story.
Every year, flocks of young festival heads make their way to Townsville for the annual Groovin’ the Moo festival. Most planning a weekend fueled with partying, plenty of alcohol, and for the lucky ones… (SAFE) sex! In order to help these guys achieve this, a bunch of us have jumped on board to spread the
A nice sunny day on Sunday 1st April: what better time for a safe sex yard sale…
Actually that’s a downright lie, hardly anyone asks about that. They usually ask us for free condoms (sure), or if they can have one of our demo dildos (No!). But I’m still going to tell you what we’re up to. In short, a heck of a lot. You see we’re in the midst of
Day 2 of O-week and the Agents of Yeah were at it again in Queensland
It’s that time of the year again, when Uni students come out of their three month hibernation to participate in a week of giving, only second to Christmas in July- Orientation Week celebrations. O-week celebrations range from club sign-on day market stalls, to inaugural college Toga parties. So naturally that means a lot of
On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Minus18’s new magazine; OMG I’m Queer
On Sunday the Red Aware crack team of volunteers headed down to Birrurung Marr in Melbourne to the Midsumma Carnival. If you’re not from Victoria, or haven’t heard of it before Midsumma is Melbourne’s big celebration of queer culture – kinda like Sydney’s Mardi Gras.
We’ve created a Wild Sex tape to get you in the mood for some safe sex action. Read more if you’ve got what it takes to prevent HIV and other STIs. You have been warned…
What do you get when you mix the hormones of thousands of 17-18 year olds, the release of finishing 12 years of school, questionably purchased alcohol and an event with an anthem that rings “tits-out-for-the-boys”?
Last week we joined forces with the Agents of YEAH peer educators to celebrate World AIDS Day at Federation square. We’d come together to remind people that, 30 years since its discovery, HIV is still here.
In our office we talk a lot about condoms. At any given time we can be surrounded by thousands of the suckers, so it’s easy for us to become a little bit blasé about these pretty amazing little bits of lubricated latex.
In honour of high school Sex Education, we’ve done a historical roundup of awkward Sex Ed videos from around the web. Enjoy – but please don’t take them too seriously.