Safety tips for schoolies
DRUGS, ALCOHOL LEAD TO UNSAFE SEX - CLINIC
SCHOOL leavers were reminded to be prepared and take sexual health precautions before end-ofyear celebrations.
Sexual and Reproductive Health WA spokeswoman Rebecca Smith said end-ofschool festivities often involved alcohol and drugs, which could result in risky behaviour.
“Studies show a clear association between drinking alcohol before sexual activity and not using contraception, and alcohol in excess can often lead to unsafe sex, STIs, unplanned pregnancy and the increased risk of sexual assault,” she said.
“Once alcohol and drugs come into play it is easy to abandon precaution, and when it comes to sex it is important that young people take their time to make healthy, informed decisions and not feel pressured into doing something they don’t want to or wake up with regrets.”
Ms Smith said young people were encouraged to discuss contraception and safe sex with a health professional before attending leavers, and to buy condoms in advance.
“Young people may also want to consider having a sexual health check before they go away,” she said.
Ms Smith said pharmacies and nursing posts were able to provide emergency contraception.
She also reminded students that ‘sexting’ could lead to bullying and have serious consequences.
All school leavers are eligible for a Quarry Health Centre membership during November and December, allowing them access to lowcost, confidential counselling and education services at the Northbridge centre.
Go to www.quarryhealth centre.org.au for details.