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Can you get COVID-19 from sex?

With COVID-19 still circulating across Australia, the pandemic is far from over here. Which means we need to continue to be vigilant; especially when it comes to having sex. One...

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What to do if you’re allergic to condoms

Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against STIs and unwanted pregnancy. Although most people have no problems using condoms, a small proportion of people can be allergic...

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When can you stop using condoms with a partner?

When someone chooses to be in a monogamous relationship, they might start thinking about stopping the use of condoms during sex. It might be for reasons of trust, lust, or...

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Our favourite sex and relationship COVID-19 memes

COVID-19 is no laughing matter, but sometimes laughter is the best therapy to get you through tough times. Here are a few of our favourite memes that we’ve spotted in...

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Everything you need to know about sex and COVID-19

Just a few months back and COVID-19 was a phrase none of us had heard of. Now, it’s fundamentally changed the way we interact with one another. Lockdown, isolation, and...

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Can technology help us have safer sex?

Technology has changed every part of the world we live in; from the way we listen to music to the way we date. But we want to know; can technology...

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5 condom myths debunked

Did you know that condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against both STIs and pregnancy? But for some reason, not everyone wants to use one when they’re...

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How to ask your partner to wear a condom

Even though condoms are literally the only way to protect yourself from STIs and pregnancy during sex, for some reason some people still want to avoid using them. From ‘it...

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Foreskin Care- Everything you need to know

Turtleneck, penis beanie, magician’s cloak – the foreskin seems to bear the brunt of a lot of ridicule. People either love them or hate them, but either way you should...

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Our favourite sex and relationship YouTubers

YouTube is the second most visited website in the world and is packed with content that tackles every subject imaginable – from sex and sexual health, to relationships, body positivity...

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Herpes Pt 3: How to talk about it with a partner

Talking about herpes can be hard. Stigma exists. But it’s important to let any new sexual partners know if you’ve been diagnosed with herpes. This allows people to make informed...

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Herpes Pt 2: How to avoid passing it on

1. You can only pass herpes on from the part of the body where you have the infection For example: if you get cold sores on the mouth, you can...

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Herpes Pt 1: Everything you need to know

Herpes might be the most misunderstood infections around so let’s start with the facts. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is usually passed on by kissing, oral sex, vaginal sex or anal...

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What’s the difference between an STI and an STD?

The question  ‘What’s the difference between STIs and STDs?’ is one we hear all the time here at Play Safe. STI, the commonly used term here in Australia – stands...

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Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation (PE) is one of the biggest worries I hear about it, but it’s rarely medical issue. So what is it? PE is just a fancy way of describing...

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The dos and don’ts of online dating

There are so many online dating sites to choose from today, and more and more people are finding relationships and hookups online. But, navigating the world of online dating isn’t...

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OUR FAVOURITE POSTS ON THE PLAY SAFE FORUM

Run by our team of volunteer moderators (mods), the Play Safe forum is packed full of topics, threads and conversations from people just like you. Covering everything from sexual health...

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Sex on your period. Everything you need to know.

Sex on your period will undoubtedly be messy, but can also be enjoyable. In fact, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having sex during this time. But… there’s a few things...

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8 must haves for your festival packing list

Who doesn’t love a festival? The music, the vibes, the people. The free STI testing (yep, that’s a thing). Whether it’s a day festival or a three-day camping extravaganza we’ve...

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7 gifs that show why we love condoms

The 14th February isn’t just Valentine’s Day. It’s National Condom Day here in Australia. To celebrate, we share seven reasons why we believe in no glove, no love. 1). Condoms...

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6 Things we wish sex ed had taught us

Remember those awkward Sex Ed lessons? We do. Here is what we wish we’d learnt instead. You don’t need to orgasm Orgasms are great, but aren’t the goal of sex....

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5 Australian women changing the way we think about sex

Loving your body and understanding how to have a healthy and confident sex life is so important. Luckily, Australia has plenty of incredible women who are driving change in the...

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Consent – it’s not a yes, unless it’s a hell yes

Schoolies is easily going to be one of the most exciting times of your life and with excitement comes new experiences. Some of which you might not be prepared for,...

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How to talk about STIs

Want to ask your partner to get an STI test? Or let someone know you’ve got an STI? Talking about STIs isn’t always easy – here’s some advice to make...

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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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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

Foreplay is usually a big part of sex – some might even say the best part.  What is foreplay? Foreplay builds sexual arousal and pleasure through physical and mental stimulation....

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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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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 them harmless but it’s better to...

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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”

It’s something most of us will go through at some point. You really like someone, you hang out a lot and have fun together. You have a crush on them,...

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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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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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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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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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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 condoms are easy to find – they’re sold in supermarkets, chemists and convenience stores. You can even get condoms for free at some youth services, family planning 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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