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Anyone can be a healthysexual

18 April 2021

The new Healthysexual campaign launched by the WA Department of Health aims to raise awareness about the things people can do to minimise the personal and social impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

People from four different backgrounds standing in front of various coloured walls

With outbreaks of infectious syphilis in metropolitan, regional and remote parts of the State and notifications rising over the past 5 years, it’s a timely reminder to be aware of and talk about sexual health.

Many people get an STI in their lifetime. They often have no symptoms and if left untreated, can cause serious long-term health issues.

Testing for an STI is simple and the only way to be sure you don’t have an infection. A simple urine, swab or blood sample is often all that is needed. Testing can be accessed from general practitioners in all parts of WA, sexual health clinics at Royal Perth Hospital or Fremantle Hospital, Aboriginal community-controlled health services and Sexual Health Quarters in Northbridge.

The campaign also promotes consent and healthy, respectful sexual relationships by encouraging all sexually active people to talk to their partners about safer sexual behaviours such as using condoms.

Anyone can be a healthysexual by:

  • Talking openly about sexual health, pleasure and consent with their partner/s.
  • Getting tested regularly for STIs and treated if they need to.
  • Practising safer sex (e.g. using protection such as condoms and dams).

Just remember – 'Talk. Test. Protect.'

Because when you look after yourself, you'll look after all of us.

For more information visit the Healthysexual website (external site).