Sexual health

It’s up to you to decide:

  • when to have sex. If it doesn't feel right, say No.
  • to have safe sex every time.

Condoms and water-based lubricant provide the best protection against STIs and unplanned pregnancies. Be prepared and always carry condoms with you. Sometimes STIs cause symptoms but very often a person can have one without knowing it. A person with an STI may look perfectly healthy.

If you have unprotected sex you should visit your local doctor, family planning clinic or sexual health clinic for a sexual health check.

For the facts about safe sex and sexual health call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit the Queensland Government's Health and wellbeing website.

If you choose to have sex it’s important to ensure that your partner consents without being pressured.  Someone cannot give consent if they are drunk, under the influence of drugs, asleep, unconscious or semi-conscious.

  • Respect the rights of others to say NO.
  • It’s wrong to put pressure on somebody, even if they are your boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • Spending money on someone does not give you the right to expect sexual favours.
  • If someone is drunk or out of it they cannot agree to sex. Having sex with someone who can't consent is rape.
  • NO means NO.

If someone is pressuring you to have sex, remember, you have the right to say no. Set sexual limits as soon as you can so you both feel comfortable. No one has the right to pressure you into any sexual activity. If you feel uncomfortable, make an excuse and remove yourself from the situation.

For more information about consent visit The Line.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour which makes a person feel uncomfortable or frightened. Sexual assault is a crime. No one deserves to be sexually assaulted.

What should I do if I have been sexually assaulted?

If you're in a situation where sexual behaviour is unwanted, forced or coerced, it is NOT okay. Contact the police on Triple Zero 000 or go to the nearest police station.

It's never your fault. You don't have to deal with it alone. Tell someone you trust. You may also need to see a doctor who can treat any injuries or sexually transmitted infections.

For confidential free support, phone the Sexual Assault Help Line on 1800 010 120. This service is available, 7.30am-midnight, seven days a week.

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