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Resources on Sexual health, STI testing, sexual health clinics, sex and pleasure, mental health, community lists and directories, trans and gender diverse resources and groups, LGBTIQA+ community groups, alcohol and drug (AOD), family violence, relationships, ployamory/non-monogamy, HIV, PEP and PrEP, COVID

Sexual Health
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Why is sexual health important?

Sexual health is another part of your overall health and wellbeing.

Like any other part of our health, it’s important to be aware of what is happening with your body, your choices and your knowledge about you.

Sexual health includes using tools to prevent and treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs), use consent and open up communication with your sexual partners.

It is an empowering feeling taking charge of your own sexual health, because you know yourself best and having tools like regular sexual health tests means you are in control of your health.

Sex can be taboo and feel uncomfortable to talk about, but talking about your sexual health and sex to partners, friends and health professionals regularly is important in normalising these conversations and awareness of our health.

Not taking care of your sexual health can lead to other poor health issues – so it’s better to get tested regularly, use sexual health tools to take care of yourself and your partners, and be empowered to stay sexy!

Protection - dams, condoms, gloves info:

Condoms – condoms are a protective barrier: they create a barrier that STI’s can not pass through from one person to another person.

How to: open packet, hold tip, place over dildo/penis/toy and use other hand to roll down the shaft.

Including use on toys – hygienic, useful when sharing toys - change condom between holes and between people: e.g. using condom on dildo in vagina, take condom off and dispose and put new one on to use in arse/anus for anal sex in same sex session;

regular/external (common) and internal, usually marketed as “female” condoms – another option available, extra protection with larger size covering opening of vagina/front hole.

Different flavours may be available for condoms, for extra pleasure for the person sucking/licking.

Remember using lubricant, “lube”, decreases friction and can make sex feel more pleasurable.

Dams are a protective barrier: used for oral sex, including oral to vaginal/vulva/front hole, and oral to anus, “rimming”

How to: Lay over vagina/vulva/front hole, or the anus; Hold in place (important!); remember it is single use, put in bin when finished - Only use one dam for one person – don’t re-use or share a dam, including between ”holes”.

Putting lubricant on the body side of person receiving (wearing the dam) makes it feel pleasurable.

Different flavours of dams are available, enjoyable for person licking/sucking

Gloves – are a protective barrier:

Protection when fingering, fisting - creates a barrier that stops transfer of bacteria from hands to genitals.

Remember to still wash your hands before and after sex! And gloves (e.g. latex) are single use, and should not be used between different partners/holes, swap for a fresh pair. If using gloves made from endurable latex/rubber/leather, make sure you wash these properly before and after use.

Use with lubricant for more pleasure and ease.

Buy dams, condoms, lube and more from:

https://thorneharbour.org/sexual-health/

https://www.thedramadownunder.info/ (THH website) Info about STIs, testing, clinic locations for STI testing, HIV testing, PrEP and HIV medication prescribers, anonymous “Let Them Know” notification system to notify partners about STIs, and more. MSM target audience but info & resources can be used by anyone, good indication of queer friendly/aware clinics.

Key points about Communication:

Consent

  • Consent is mutual – everyone taking part must agree and know exactly what they are doing. Consent is freely given (not forced or coerced in any way) and can be withdrawn (change your mind) at any point.
  • Talking with your partner about STIs: you can ask your partner if they have any STIs or if they get tested for STIs. Knowing if you have STIs and getting regularly check puts you in control of your health and protects others from transmission. If they do have an STI, don’t react negatively – they are likely on treatment for it and will still be able to have sex in a safe, protected way.
  • Sometimes people say they are “clean” meaning they have no STIs. Remember, STIs are not dirty, using language like “clean” and “dirty” is stigmatising. STIs are common and if you have them, it doesn’t mean you did something wrong or that you’re dirty. STIs are usually easily treatable and manageable.

Contact tracing

  • Important to notify recent sexual partners if you test positive for/have an STI so they know and can get tested or treated themselves
  • Contact tracing stops further spread … anonymously notify your partner about STIs is an option - e.g. through https://www.thedramadownunder.info/

STI Testing
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How often to get tested: At least once every 12 months, more often if you are more sexually active – that means if you have more partners, more casual partners/”hook ups”, more unprotected (barrier free) sex.

https://thorneharbour.org/sexual-health/getting-tested/

https://thorneharbour.org/sexual-health/stis/

Family Planning Victoria - Sexual Health Info - ​​https://www.fpv.org.au/for-you

Where to get tested:

GP at your doctor clinic

Sexual Health Clinic – some well known Melbourne clinics include Melbourne Sexual Health Centre and Family Planning Victoria.

SEXUAL HEALTH CLINICS & SERVICES CONTACT INFO:

Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic

Free STI and HIV testing

580 Swanston St, Carlton

Ph: 9341 6200

www.mshc.org.au

Family Planning Victoria
Box Hill Clinic
Ground floor, 901 Whitehorse Rd,
Box Hill
Ph: 9257 0100,
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Action Centre – Melbourne CBD
Level 1, 94 Elizabeth St
Ph: 9660 4700
www.fpv.org.au

Northside Clinic

Bulk-billing available, typically waitlist for new patients

370 St Georges Road, North Fitzroy

Ph: 9485 7700

www.northsideclinic.net.au

Prahran Market Clinic

Bulk-billing available

Mezzanine Level, Pran Central

325 Chapel St, Prahran

Ph: 9514 0888

www.prahranmarketclinic.com

Centre Clinic

Bulk-billing available

(Rear of) 77 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Ph: 9525 5866

Equinox
Equinox is a trans & gender diverse health service.
200 Hoddle St, Abbotsford
Ph: 9416 2889
equinox.org.au

The Meryula Clinic Sexual Health Service

Goulburn Valley Health

Ph: 1800 222 582

Sexual Health Clinic Barwon Health

Corner Bellarine and Lt Ryrie Streets, Geelong

Tuesday 2 – 6.30 PM

Frankston Hospital

2 Hastings Rd, Frankston

Ph: 03 9784 7777

Sexual Health Clinic Ballarat Community Health

12 Lilburne St, Lucas

03 5338 4541

Bendigo Community Health Services – Sexual Health Clinics

3 Seymour St, Eaglehawk
Ph: 5448 1600, and
165-171 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
Ph: 5434 4300.

Latrobe Community Health Service

Multiple locations

Ph: 1800 242 696

Clinic 35 Gateway Health
Wodonga, Wangaratta and Myrtleford

Ph: 1800 657 573

PRONTO!

HIV peer rapid testing for men who have sex with men, PrEP.
200 Hoddle St, Abbotsford

Ph: 9416 2889

www.pronto.org.au

More clinics can be found on Drama Down Under

What happens when you get a sexual health check-up?

  1. The doctor or nurse will ask you about your sexual history, your sexual partners and sexual practices (activities) – this helps determine what tests you may need to get. It’s normal for this to feel a bit awkward, but telling the truth and sharing this information is very helpful and important so you get the best health care.
  2. During the consult, they will offer you testing for different types of STIs.
  3. They may do some of the tests for you, or ask you to do the tests yourself.
    Types of tests may include swabs (vaginal, anal, throat, mouth), blood tests, urine sample tests, examination of the genital area, and sometimes cervical screening (prev. Known as “pap smear” too.
  4. Once test results are in, they will let you know what the results are.
  5. If you do have any STI’s, you will be told how to treat it. And you should let your sexual partners know so they can go get tested and treated as well.

Sex & Pleasure
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Mental Health
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Community directories & organisations
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Trans, gender diverse (TGD)
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Peer Support, Education & Community Workshops
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Alcohol & Drugs - AOD
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Directline - https://www.directline.org.au/ 24/7

support, AOD counsellors, programs of free phone counselling

Text The Effects - https://adf.org.au/resources/text-the-effects/

Text the effects is a drug information service via SMS. It provides information about the effects of drugs in a confidential and accessible way, any location, any time. Text a drug name to 0439 835 563 to get a reply of the effects. Useful if someone is asking about a particular drug.

Harm Reduction Victoria online chat - https://www.hrvic.org.au/

Drug Wheel - https://adf.org.au/insights/drug-wheel/

Touchbase - https://touchbase.org.au/

@sesh.ed - Instagram with info about safe drug use, from the PARTi project (THH)

PARTi project - https://www.facebook.com/PARTiproject
(Peer Advocacy Response Training Initiative) is a joint project between STAR Health and Thorne Harbour Health. They provide support at LGBTIQ+ events and drug information for local community.

Family Drug Support - https://www.fds.org.au/ For family/ friends of users - 24 hour counselling. Call 1300 368 186.

Info about chemsex or “enhanced fun” on THH’s Down An’ Dirty website: https://downandirty.org/enhanced-fun/

Family/Relationship/Domestic Violence
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safealways.org

With Respect - 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847)

Say It Out Loud

Family Violence info & services Thorne Harbour Health

1800 Respect

Thorne Harbour Health FV services

ReVisioning behaviour change program (for men/male-identifying) @ Thorne Harbour Health

Relationships
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Say It Out Loud - healthy relationships resources, quizzes

Relationships Australia

Curious Creatures sex positive online resources, F2F and online workshops

Polyamory/non-monogamous resources
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PLHIV - People Living with HIV
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Treat HIV Now - Campaign to encourage positive people to start HIV treatment early.

Living Positive Victoria - workshops, services & resources for people who have HIV

HIV Still Matters - General awareness and informational campaign relating to HIV for the broader community

PEP and PrEP
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Get PEP - getpep.info

PEP Phoneline - 1800 889 887 - (Phoneline is staffed 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Other times there is a detailed recorded message with many options.) Call the PEP Phoneline to: Talk about your risk and if you would be recommended to take PEP.

Victorian NPEP Service (Alfred Health) - includes table to indicate whether you may need PEP

PrEP Access Now (PAN)

PrEP’D For Change - and their Facebook Group (Australia's largest online community dedicated to sharing information, opinions and media about PrEP - refer someone to it if you get a chance)...

PrEPster - UK based with lots of great info about PrEP. Resources in different languages.

COVID
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COVID-19 Info THH website

Sex & COVID info THH website

Fab Jab vaccination info & clinics info for LGBTIQA+

Victorian coronavirus restrictions info: Can I go to a brothel or sex on premises venue?

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