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Emergency Contraceptive Pill (The morning after pill)

The Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) AKA ‘The Morning After Pill’ can be taken to reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex. That means, if you’ve had sex and the…

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What is oral sex?

69-er, blow job, giving head, going down, peach eating. Yep, we’re talking oral sex. The official names are ‘cunnilingus’ (for vaginas) or ‘fellatio’ (for penises).  But let’s just stick to…

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Popping your cherry

Ever heard the phrase “popping your cherry”? It’s slang for losing your virginity and refers to the tearing (stretching open) or “popping” of the hymen during vaginal sex (penis-in-vagina intercourse).…

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Let’s talk lube

Lubricant, or lube, increases pleasure for girls and guys, during sex, making sex more comfortable and enjoyable. Lube is used to decrease friction, which means sex with lube won’t be…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Condoms

Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against pregnancy and STIs. Knowing how to use them is super important, which is why we’ve compiled a handy list of…

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Sexting

Sending sexy pics can be fun, but once a picture is sent it’s out there for all to (potentially) see. It doesn’t take long to screenshot a Snapchat and send…

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All about anal sex

Today, we’re talking about sexual activity that involves your butt.  Anal play can be enjoyed by anyone of any gender or orientation and can be: Putting fingers or a tongue…

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Foreplay

Sex in porn and movies rarely includes much foreplay. In real life, foreplay is usually a big part of sex – some might even say the best part.  What is…

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Let’s talk about sex

The song is so right. If we’re having sex – we want to have amazing sex, whether it’s with a long-term partner or a casual fling. Talking about sex, what…

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Sex toys – the low down

Sex toys can bring extra fun to masturbating and sex. They’re not just for using alone – they’re also a lot of fun to use with someone else too.  Sex…

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The schoolies souvenir you may not know you have…

In our latest guest blog, Amy from Unleashed Grad Trips reminds us about the importance of getting an STI test after last year’s schoolies’ fun. Now that the New Year…

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Pain in the Penis

No one likes to experience pain – especially in the penis! Let’s look at some of the reasons why you can feel pain in your penis, and the solutions for…

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Consent 101

Before having sex, it’s important you have your partner’s consent. Here’s the who, what, when, where, how, and why of consent: What is consent? Consent means to agree to do…

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Lumps, Bumps & Itching – Taking Care Down There

It’s pretty easy to have a freak out when you find a strange lump or bump on or around your genitals. Luckily most of are harmless and often happen because…

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Safe Sex Between Women

Women who have sex with women are diverse. And sex between women is just as diverse. The risk of getting an STI or HIV depends on what kind of sex…

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The “friend zone”

Here’s a situation most of us will go through at some point in our lives: you really like someone, you hang out a lot and have fun together. You have…

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Where did the Condom go?

So you’ve just had sex, but the condom has disappeared? No need to freak out, here are a few steps you can take. Find the condom The first thing you…

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Pregnancy Choices

Whether you expected it or not, finding out you are pregnant can be a shock. You are probably finding that you will go through a whole range of feelings. Whatever…

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The Pill

It seems from your questions and emails that many of you are interested in the Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill, or “the Pill”. The Pill is a small tablet that a…

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What is asexuality?

I don’t feel sexually attracted to anyone. What’s wrong with me? Nothing! Some people are attracted to boys, some to girls, and some to both and/or other genders. But some…

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Competition Example

Competition Example post Example test…

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What does the word “sex” mean to you?

Have you just started our ‘Have I got an STI?’ quiz but you’re not sure if the questions apply to you? That’s because sex isn’t quite as simple as it…

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10 ways to be
better in bed – via GIF

Want a session you’ll never forget? 1. Talk Talking about sex, makes the actual sex better. Share what you like and don’t like. 2. Laugh Let’s face it. Sex has…

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Talk First!

Talk First – how to talk about sex Whether you’re having sex for the first time or you’re about to sleep with a new partner, talking about sex isn’t always…

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5 New Year’s resolutions for a better sex life

Forget ‘going to the gym’, or ‘giving up chocolate’. How about a new year’s resolution that’s actually fun? Here are our top 5 resolutions for a healthy and better sex…

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Nurse Nettie reveals the top 10 questions for 2017

Nurse Nettie is a sexual health nurse who has heaps of experience. She’s the perfect person to give you the very best advice for taking care of yourself and playing…

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Get to Know Your Schoolies Superhero!

The most epic week of your life has arrived. You have just finished the HSC and you’re ready to let your hair down on Schoolies! But before your trip starts,…

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Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation just means “coming too fast”. But what is too fast? Sometimes movies and TV shows make premature ejaculation out to be a big deal, but really it’s not…

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Vaginal Pain During Sex

Vaginal pain during sex is more common than you might think. Here, we discuss the different causes of vaginal pain during sex, how you can address it with your partner,…

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The Big O… Orgasms!

Let’s talk about the big O – Orgasms! What is an orgasm? Having an orgasm or “coming” is what happens when you hit your sexual climax. It’s an intense feeling…

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Take the test… its easy as!

Taking the test… By getting tested for an STI you’re showing that you care about your health and wellbeing. It gives you a huge advantage and is the responsible thing…

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Girls carrying condoms

Have you ever been in the situation where you are getting hot with a guy and then he drops the line “I can’t find a condom” while fumbling around in…

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The Weird History of Condoms

These days you can get condoms super easily – they sell them at the supermarkets, chemists and convenience stores. You can even get condoms for free at some Youth Services,…

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How to play safe – online dating

Grindr, Tinder, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat… dating apps and social media platforms have made it easier than ever to meet new people. As with traditional dating, you want to keep…

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Hepatitis – everything you need to know

So what is Viral Hepatitis? Hepatitis is a viral illness that makes the liver sick. The three most common types are: A, B and C. Because of the job the…

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Visiting a Youth Health Service

A Youth Health WHAT?  What is a Youth Health Service? And what should you expect when you visit one?  A Youth Health Service is a FREE, SAFE, & CONFIDENTIAL place…

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7 ways to Play Safe at schoolies

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…

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Menstrual Cups

Pads or tampons? It’s a question I get asked a lot. Well, why not try a menstrual cup? More and more women are using them during their periods instead of…

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Pubic Lice

Jiminy crotch crickets! It’s time to talk about Pubic Lice, also known as Crabs.   What are they?  Lice are tiny blood-sucking insects, while nits are the eggs they lay. These…

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World AIDS Day

What’s World AIDS Day? Held worldwide on 1st December each year, World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for everyone to: Remember those who lost their lives to HIV and AIDS…

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Doctors. They’re not that scary

Making an appointment and visiting a medical centre or sexual health clinic can be overwhelming. Just like anyone else, young people under 18 years of age have the right to …

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Thrush

It can often make women feel embarrassed, miserable and even dirty. But thrush, also called Candidiasis, is more common than you think! It happens in around 50% of women at…

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Landscaping – Pubic hair styling and removal

Au Naturel’, ‘Brazilian’, and anything in between. It’s totally up to you on how you choose to style or groom your pubic hair (pubes). How do you remove pubic hair?…

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What is gonorrhoea?

Hey, Nurse Nettie here for a quick chat about gonorrhoea or “Gono” for short. I’ve even heard it called the “Clap” (no round of applause please!). Gonorrhoea is an STI…

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Longer Lasting Contraception

Long-acting reversible contraception or LARC, are contraceptive methods that last a long time, but aren’t permanent. This means you can stop the contraceptive method and plan for a baby if…

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Wrap your tool

We’re all told time and time again to use condoms to reduce the chance of pregnancy and STIs. But it’s not very often we’re told how they work. Body fluids…

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Penile Discharge

What’s normal? For guys, the urethra runs through the middle of the penis to the opening at the head of the penis (glans), and carries urine (pee) during urination or…

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Vaginal Discharge

What’s normal and not normal? All women have some vaginal discharge (fluid or semisolid substance that flows out of the vaginal opening). It’s a way the body maintains a healthy…

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Penis 101

No matter how often guys hear the expression ‘size doesn’t matter’, chances are they’ve, at some stage, worried about the size, shape, look, and ability of their penis. Here are…

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Vagina 101

There’s a lot of confusion about what the vagina ‘should’ look, feel or smell like. So, here are some simple facts (vagina 101) to clear the rumours. The vagina is…

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Boobs 101

Jugs, sweater stretchers, airbags, tits, hooters, lung protectors, bongos, knockers, melons, gazongas, frost detectors, honkers, fun bags, boobs, bazookas, boobies… BREASTS! Young women often worry about their breasts. Are they…

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Am I Normal?

It’s a question that everybody asks themselves from time to time. Truth is there are so many types of normal that two people can be completely different, but still be…

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What is herpes?

  Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types:  HSV 1 (usually known as cold sores) and HSV 2 (usually known as genital herpes). It’s…

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What is anal sex?

Bottom, ring, anus, butt or arse… Whether male or female we all have one! And just like our genitals, our anus is very sensitive and can be part of sex.…

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What is contraception?

Talking with your friends and supportive adults, and visiting websites such as Play Safe can help you make healthy choices about how to protect yourself if you’re sexually active. It’s…

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What are periods?

Aunty Flo, rags, blob, shark week, have the painters in, closed for business, being a girl, opening the flood gates, the red river, leak week, that time of the month……

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Condoms: Get the facts

Here are some facts about condoms that you probably didn’t know… Condoms aren’t always made of latex Some of the first condoms ever used were made of animal guts. True!…

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Am I Gay?

Heaps of young people ask me if being attracted to someone who is the same sex makes them gay. So I asked Terence Humphries from Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW (Gay…

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Masturbation

As a sexual health nurse, a lot of people tell me they wish they could have more sex, more often… But without getting an STI or becoming pregnant. Sound appealing?…

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What is oral sex?

Giving head, going down, blow jobs Sound familiar? You’ve probably heard these before, maybe even had a laugh about the different words. Or maybe you and your friends use other…

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Small word. Big expectations.

  SEX. It’s amazing how such a small word can seem so huge. Sex can make us feel curious and excited. It can also make us nervous, embarrassed, and clueless.…

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Lumps & Bumps

I’ve been getting questions lately from people worried about lumps and bumps on and around their genitals (penis, vagina, and anal area). To put you all at ease I asked…

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