Schoolies will involve a lot of “first times” for many students. So we want to ensure every experience is awesome but safe. Here are 7 things you need to think about to play safe at schoolies, as recommended by Amy and Grace, two Unleashed Grad Trippers.
Condoms! Condoms! Condoms! The only thing you want to bring home from schoolies is awesome memories, so make sure you pack some condoms. You can’t always tell when someone has an STI so carry condoms with you, they’re your best protection. Girls included! I always thought that it was up to the guy to bring the condoms, but man I was wrong! Girls, we are equally responsible. So carry one with you just in case.
STIs don’t have any symptoms. So you could have one and not know. Getting tested is the only way to find out, so make sure you’ve had an STI test before you go. And don’t stress out, it’s not as scary as it sounds and it is super simple. Take a friend with you for the first time and grab a milkshake afterwards to treat yourself – cos you deserve it! It’s definitely the responsible thing to do and better to be safe than sorry.
Do you remember year 10 health class when you had to put the condom on the banana? Well it’s time to brush up on your skills again. Practice using a condom before you’re in the heat of the moment.
When to have sex is totally up to you. If you say yes, you can still say no at any time if you start to feel uncomfortable.
When things begin to heat up, the last thing anyone wants to do is pause and put on a condom. But those few seconds are definitely worth it in the long run! And way less awkward than chats about STIs or unplanned pregnancy. The contraceptive pill doesn’t prevent STIs so condoms are the only way to go!
If you do end up having unprotected sex while you’re away, you can still prevent pregnancy. The Emergency Contraceptive Pill can be taken up to 72 hours after sex and is available at any pharmacy in Australia without a prescription. If you had sex while you were away you should get tested for STIs when you’re back home.
If you’re curious or have questions about sex and what to expect, you’re not alone! Join the Play Safe forum to talk to other young people about sex and relationships or ask Nurse Nettie, it’s totally confidential with no judgement.
And most of all, remember to Play Safe on your Grad Trip!
Amy and Grace xoxo
(Past Unleashed Travel Grad trippers)