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"Not all STIs are painful"
Myth or Truth

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Actually, it's true

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.

"Buying condoms is embarrassing"
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

You got it, it's a myth

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.

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

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Actually, it's true

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.

"It's possible for someone to be too big for a condom"
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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Not only do condoms come in different sizes but they are extremely stretchy too. There will always be a condom that fits. Try experimenting with different brands until you find one that works for you.

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

Actually, it's a myth

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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.

"Real sex is just like pornography"
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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People in porn are paid actors. Their turn-ons, desires and reactions are not always the same as during real life sex. Porn scenarios are often very different from real life, and people’s bodies can look a lot different to porn actors too. Just because something is normal in porn does not mean you or your partner have to enjoy doing it. Remember, porn is entertainment, not reality!

"Baby oil makes a great lubricant"
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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For that matter, the only thing that should be used for lubricant is… lubricant! Water-based lubricant is the best, silicone-based lubricant is safe for condoms but may cause irritation for some people

"STI testing is too expensive"
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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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!

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

Actually, it's a myth

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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.

“STIs? Only people who sleep around get them”
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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Even if you’ve only had sex once you’re at risk of getting an STI.

“I really trust my partner, so we don’t need to use condoms”
Myth or Truth

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Trust is important but so is looking after your health. You should use condoms until you both get tested for STIs.

“Tests for STIs don’t have to involve an examination by a doctor”
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Actually, it's true

Most tests for STIs you can do on yourself, such as urine samples or self-collected swabs. But, if you have symptoms an examination is encouraged. You can always say no.

"I can tell if someone has an STI"
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

You got it, it's a myth

Most STIs have no symptoms. Take chlamydia as an example. Last year, over 12,000 young people in NSW were diagnosed with it. Yep, it’s that common.

“If I go get an STI test, the doctor will tell my parents that I’ve had sex”
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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A doctor will always try to ask you before sharing any information you have given them. They may sometimes have to share certain information without your permission.

“You can get an STI from oral sex”
Myth or Truth

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STIs can be transmitted this way too. With oral sex involving a penis use a condom, it’ll reduce the risk of getting any STIs.

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

Actually, it's a myth

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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.

“Getting an STI from masturbating is impossible”
Myth or Truth

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It’s just you, so you’re safe! STIs are transmitted when body fluids are transferred from one person to another, or skin-to-skin contact between two people is made.

“Did you know there’s no cure for HIV?”
Myth or Truth

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There’s no cure, but there are treatments out there that can greatly improve the health of people with HIV.

“My friends would be shocked if they knew I was getting an STI test”
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

You got it, it's a myth

More and more young people are getting tested. Many of your friends have probably already had an STI test.

“Everyone who works at the doctor’s rooms will know I’m there to get an STI test”
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

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People go to the Doctor for all sorts of things. And, the staff are trained to be non-judgemental.

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

Actually, it's a myth

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

“I don’t need to use condoms, I’m in a monogamous relationship”
Myth or Truth

Actually, it's a myth

You got it, it's a myth

Whether you are monogamous or not, you both need to get tested for STIs before you stop using condoms.

“I’m/ she's on the pill, but we still need to use condoms”
Myth or Truth

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Actually, it's true

The Pill doesn’t protect you from STIs. Only condoms prevent both STIs and unplanned pregnancies.

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