#sexualhealth Tag - Play Safe
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Condoms: Get the facts

Hopefully you use them each time you have sex, but just because you get intimate with condoms doesn’t mean you really KNOW them. So, here are some interesting facts about...

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Is penile discharge normal?

Penile discharge is a watery or thickened fluid that sometimes comes out of the penis. It travels down the middle of the penis to the opening at the head (glans)...

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Having sex for the first time? Here’s what to expect…

So, you’re thinking about having penetrative sex for the first time? Penetrative sex (aka sexual intercourse) can be an enjoyable way to connect and get closer with someone. It’s healthy...

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Awkward sex ‘problems’ that are actually totally normal

A fulfilling sex life doesn’t look the same for everyone. Some love the intimacy of an exclusive relationship, others enjoy experimenting with different sexual partners. There’s no ‘right’ way to...

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What’s “normal” when it comes to vaginal discharge?

All people with a vagina have vaginal discharge (fluid or semi-solid substance that flows out of the vaginal opening). It’s a way the body maintains a healthy vagina. In fact,...

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Ask Nurse Nettie: the top 10 questions from 2021

Nurse Nettie, our resident sexual health expert, is available throughout the year to answer sexual health and relationship questions from young people across NSW.  All answers are 100% anonymous (always)...

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How to improve your sex life overnight

Do you want an amazing sex life; one that’s satisfying, exciting and safe? There’s more to it than simply trying the latest moves you’ve seen in porn. From open communication...

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

STI stands for Sexually Transmitted Infection, not disease. That last word makes all the difference because most of the bacteria or viruses passed on via sex are actually infections, not...

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The 4 C’s of safe sex

When people hear ‘safe sex’ they usually think about protecting themselves and partners from unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmissible infections (STIs). But we reckon that safe sex means much more...

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What’s it like getting an STI test in NSW?

Even though it’s a normal part of a healthy and enjoyable sex life, getting an STI test can sometimes feel daunting. To show that there’s really nothing to worry about,...

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Erectile dysfunction

What is erectile dysfunction (ED)? Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when your penis usually or always won’t get fully erect (hard) or won’t stay erect when you want it to.Everyone with...

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Can pre-cum get you pregnant?

Pre-cum (or pre-ejaculate if we want to use the fancy proper name), is fluid that’s released from the penis during foreplay or sex. It usually happens during arousal, and a...

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Why do pronouns matter anyway?

When we speak about someone else, it’s common to use pronouns to talk about them. She, he, they, etc. But what if the pronoun you use doesn’t reflect who they...

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Can I get an STI from that?

Sex is great. But also kinda confusing sometimes. What risks are there for different kinds of sex? And how do you stay safe and take control of your sexual health?...

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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 unplanned pregnancy. Although most people have no problems using condoms, a small proportion of people can be allergic...

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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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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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Could I have an STI?