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Sometimes it’s hard to talk about sexual health in the open, so here’s a list of frequently asked questions for when you need some quick answers.
I think I might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or other sexual health issue, what should I do?
If you’re worried you might have an STI or have a specific medical question, we recommend you contact a sexual health clinic or your doctor for more information. Please understand that YEAH is not a medical referral service and we are unable to provide medical advice.
Can I get an STI from oral sex?
Yes. Unprotected oral sex can leave you vulnerable to STIs, particularly Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and
Herpes. It’s best to use a condom or dam and water-based lube when you’re having oral sex.
Can I still get an STI if I don’t sleep around?
Yes. If you’ve ever had unprotected sex with anyone who has an STI, you could get an STI – this includes vaginal, oral and anal sex.
Would I know if I had an STI?
Not necessarily. Many people with an STI don’t have symptoms.
Is it true that STIs are pretty rare amongst young people?
No. Young people account for approximately three quarters of all reported STIs in Australia.
Are Vaseline, massage oils or moisturiser ok to use as a lubricant with latex?
No. Oil based products like Vaseline, massage oils or moisturiser can cause latex to disintegrate, so you should use water based lubricant with condoms, gloves and dams. Some common water-based lubricants include Wet Stuff, Lifestyles Silky Smooth, KY jelly and Sylk. Silicone-based lubricants are also safe to use with condoms.
Is it ok to use two condoms?
No. Although it might seem extra safe, wearing two condoms or “double-bagging” will increase the friction between them and make them more likely to tear or break.
If I’ve had a pap smear does that mean I’ve had a sexual health check?
No. Pap smears will only screen for HPV not for other STIs like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and HIV. It’s a good idea to ask for a sexual health test when you go to get a pap smear.
I’ve heard that only gay people get HIV, is that true?
No. HIV does not discriminate and can affect anyone of any gender, age, race or sexuality.
Does HIV still happen in Australia?
Yes. HIV does not only happen in developing countries. Although rates of HIV have remained relatively stable in Australia over the past three years, there is still about 1000 new cases diagnosed each year.