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Sex & STIs personal stories

Sex can bring with it a lot of emotions. Whether it’s your first time, or you have done it before, you need to make sure it’s something you enjoy and do safely.

Wearing a condom each and every time you have sex is one of the best ways to ensure you have fun during sex and greatly reduces your chance of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Mistakes can happen – this is OK, as long as we know all the facts about HIV and other STIs. Getting ourselves checked out regularly is the best thing we can do for our sexual health.

Read a selection of different stories about people’s experiences with sex and STIs. If you have your own story you'd like to share, send it to [email protected]. If you'd like it to be anonymous, leave it in the comments box below.

A picture of a young guy in his 20's
"I drank a lot during weekends and had sex around… I was totally depressed and scared of getting tested."
A picture of a woman with piercings and tattoo
"You don't have to be promiscuous to contract an STD. It only takes one time... So please, 'wrap it up'..."
Portrait of a happy woman outdoors in the park
"The solution was easy, I took the prescribed medicine and I was cured, and told him to take the medicine as well."
Picture of a happy young man enjoying summer
"I never felt that exploring my sexuality was anything to be ashamed of or something that needed justifying; it just was."
Young Indian Woman Shopping
"When I come out to people, I don't like to brand myself a certain orientation. I want freedom to experiment."
Teenage Boy Listening To Music And Using Phone
"No one said anything about the fact you can have sex at a young age and girls can actually become pregnant."

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