Safe sex, respectful relationships and consent
If you are sexually active, read our tips on how to stay healthy.
Sex is part of life and it’s important to consider your health and wellbeing when it comes to managing your sexual health, preventing an unwanted pregnancy as well as protecting yourself and others against sexually transmissible infections. The best way to protect yourself and others is to have safe sex.
Remember to always have some protection handy and be aware that alcohol and drugs can have an impact on your ability to make safe decisions.
What are Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs)?
Sexually Transmissible Infections are caused by bacteria, viruses or parasites and are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. They can infect many different parts of the body and often have no obvious symptoms.
Play it safe and use condoms. And if you are having anal sex, make sure you use a condom and water based lubricant.:
Getting a Sexual Health Check
You may want to consider having a sexual health check for lots of reasons, particularly if:
- you’re worried that you might have an STI whether you are showing symptoms or not
- a former partner has told you they have an STI
- you take part in risky sexual behaviours
- you’re commencing a new sexual relationship
- you want some peace of mind.
For more information about getting a sexual health check, speak to your GP or visit the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre.
Talk about it
It’s a good idea to talk first about safe sex early on in any relationship.
Lots of people plan on having safe sex particularly with a new partner, but find it hard to bring up the topic of condoms in the heat of the moment or may be worried about what the other person may think. The way you start the conversation will depend on the person and how well you know them.
How can I protect myself and my partner?
Be honest with your partner, use protection and water-based lubricant.
For more information about contraception, visit the Better Health Channel website or speak to your GP about your options.
Supplies of condoms lubricant and dams are available free at RMIT. To find out where to access them, visit Condoms on Campus.
Respectful relationships and consent
Having sex should be a fun, safe and positive experience for you and the other person.
You and your partner need to be able to respect each other’s decision at all times, and remember that you or your partner can change your mind about what you are comfortable with. It’s ok to change your mind, and it’s ok for your partner to change their mind too.
If you decide to have any sexual activity, up to and including sex, remember:
- there must be free agreement. Both people must be agreeing without ignorance, pressure, coercion, threat or force
- Do it safely with the use of condoms. Talking about, and using contraception is essential is any respectful sexual relationship.
If you are feeling uncomfortable, unsafe and concerned about threatening or unwanted behaviour, contact Safer Community.
If you have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, you can speak to a counsellor confidentially at CASA House - 9635 3610/1800 806 292
When faced with an unplanned or unintended pregnancy, it can cause a lot of confusion and you may be unsure of what to do.
There are support services available for you to discuss your options confidentially.
For more information, support and advice, visit:
See a doctor
Phone Nurse on Call
Free health advice form a Registered Nurse, 24 hours/day.
1300 60 60 24
Get a check
Feeling unsafe of concerned about your safety?
RUSU Compass - student welfare drop-in space www.rusu.rmit.edu.au/compass
Red Aware – Sexual health information
The Line – Do you know where to draw the line?
Reach Out – Sex and relationships