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Keeping yourself safer sexually

Condom use

Condoms should be applied before there is any skin to skin contact between the penis and the mouth, vaginal area or anus. Although condoms are not 100% reliable they greatly reduce the transmission of most sexually transmitted infections(STI).
Most condom failures arise because of incorrect use rather than a fault with the condom.
It is always wise to anticipate the possibility of meeting a new partner by carrying condoms with you.
Make sure the condom hasn’t expired or been damaged before use.

New Partners

Remember a partner's personal appearance or state of hygiene is no indicator of their chance of carrying a sexually transmitted infection.

Oral sex

Oral sex confined to licking the penis, vaginal area and anus is safer than sex involving penile penetration of the mouth, vagina or anus. However there is still a risk of infection by herpes simplex virus which can cause oral (coldsores) and genital ulcers, and Syphilis.
It is also possible to contract Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia in the throat. Hepatitis A can be contracted from oral – rectal contact.

Signs or symptoms

If you develop signs or symptoms suggestive of a STI, seek medical attention and do not have any sexual contact until advised by your Health professional

Risks

If you think you may have been at risk of an STI, attend for a Sexual Health Check. Remember many sexually transmitted infections can be carried for a long period of time without showing any symptoms or signs. All sexually transmitted infections can be treated, and most cured. Screening will not only protect you but also current and future partners.

  • FREE* SEXUAL HEALTH CHECKS

    For friendly, confidential information, or to make an appointment, please contact us on 0800 739432

    Free condoms available

    * some charges may apply to non New Zealand residents.

  • SAFER SEX
    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Although condoms are not 100% reliable they greatly reduce the transmission of most sexually transmitted infections(STI).

    If you think you may have been at risk of an STI, attend for a Sexual Health Check.

    Read more about keeping yourself safer sexually.
  • IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION

    Syphilis is becoming increasingly common in the Auckland region.

    What is syphilis?

    Who is at risk of syphilis?

    How do I know if I have syphilis?

    Who should be tested for syphilis?

    How is syphilis treated?

    Read more about syphilis.