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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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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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Tips for getting an STI test – from people who have been there, done that

Have you ever visited the Play Safe forum? It’s packed full of conversations on all things sexual health from young people across NSW. One of the topics they’ve been tackling…

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5 myths about STI testing – busted

Getting an STI test is a normal part of a healthy and confident sex life, but sometimes it can feel daunting or confusing. But have no fear because we’re here…

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Can I get an STI from oral sex?

While you can’t get pregnant from oral sex, it doesn’t mean that oral sex is a no-risk situation. Oral sex (that means using your mouth to pleasure someone’s penis, vagina,…

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Does anxiety impact your sex life?

Sexual health isn’t just about STIs. It’s also about feeling safe in your own body, being able to experience pleasure, and being confident to make decisions that are right for…

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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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Six steps to condom sexcess this Schoolies

Did you know that condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against both pregnancy and STIs? They come in lots of different shapes, sizes and flavours, meaning there’s…

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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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What STI tests do I need?

Did you know that the types of STI tests you need differ depending on the type of sex you’re having? There are a few different types of STI tests –…

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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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The Dos and Don’ts of Condoms

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Menstrual Cups

If you’re not happy with using pads or tampons during your period anymore, it may be worth trying out a menstrual cup. What is a menstrual cup? Also known as…

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Pubic Lice

Let’s talk about Pubic Lice, or Crabs. What are Pubic Lice? Pubic lice are tiny insects that generally live on the pubic hair around the genitals. They can sometimes attach…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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