Safety tips for schoolies

DRUGS, AL­CO­HOL LEAD TO UN­SAFE SEX - CLINIC

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Statewide -

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.

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