Myth Vs Truth Update - Play Safe
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"Not all STIs are painful"
Myth or Truth

While some STIs can be painful or uncomfortable, some won’t be painful at all. That’s why you might not know you have one and STI testing is so important.

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"Buying condoms is embarrassing"
Myth or Truth

Buying condoms shouldn’t be embarrassing. Everyone buys them and cashiers are completely used to it. If you are embarrassed why not try self check out instead.

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"You have to wait seven days after you start the pill before having sex without a condom"
Myth or Truth

Most pills need you to wait a week so that the contraceptive can start working. Remember, if you are stopping using condoms you and your partner will need to get an STI test first.

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“Look, if I needed an STI test, my doctor would know and just test me”
Myth or Truth

No one knows your body better than you. So it’s up to you to ask your doctor for a test and tell them how you feel.

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"I would be able to tell if my partner had an STI"
Myth or Truth

Not all STIs have symptoms so there is no way of knowing if someone has one. Getting tested before you stop using condoms is the best way to stay safe.

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"Real sex is just like pornography"
Myth or Truth

Porn uses paid actors it’s entertainment, not reality. Just because something is normal in porn doesn’t mean you, or your partner have to enjoy doing it. Their turn-ons and reactions aren’t always the same as their personal sex lives. Scenarios are often very different from real life, and people’s bodies can look different to porn actors too.

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"STI testing is too expensive"
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Different tests have different costs, but most of the time it’s just the cost of a doctor’s consultation. And, if you have a Medicare Card, most doctors can bulk bill you. That means it’s FREE!

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"There's nowhere out there where I can get tested"
Myth or Truth

You can choose where to get tested. How about going to a Doctor’s surgery, GP, medical centre, AMS, or Family Planning NSW. There’s definitely no shortage of options.

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“Pulling out before cumming means we’re not at risk”
Myth or Truth

Pre-cum can contain semen and can transmit STIs or result in a pregnancy.

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