Sexual Health Helpline (a confidential telephone information and referral service provided by FPWA, staffed by Advanced Practice Nurses who can respond to clinical and general sexual and reproductive health queries) 08 9227 6178 (metro) 1800 198 205 (country)
Health Direct (a free 24 hour, seven day a week health advice line staffed by experienced nurses who will provide immediate professional advice) 1800 022 222 or 1800 022 226 (toll-free)
Health Info (the Department of Health information line for general queries)
1300 135 030
What is safe sex?
Safe sex means not allowing your partner's body fluids (blood, semen, #1 fluids) into your body and vice versa. It can also mean covering up parts of the body that might be infectious (e.g. herpes, sores or warts) when you are #2.
The only way to be 100% certain of never getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is never to #3 at all. However, if you do want to #4, there are ways that you can reduce your risk of catching or passing on an infection.
When used properly, condoms are the most effective way of reducing the risk of getting or passing on an STI.
Needle and Syringe Program
Needle and Syringe Programs (NSP) are any programs where sterile injecting equipment is made available to people who inject drugs.
There are three main types of services:
- pharmacy based NSP
- health service based NSP (hospitals, community health centres and other related health services)
- needle and syringe exchange programs (NSEP).
Safe disposal of needles and syringes
Generally, people who inject drugs dispose of their used injecting equipment appropriately. However, used needles and syringes are occasionally found in parks and other public places.
This can create concern for people in the community who find them.
About the Sexual Health & Blood-borne Virus Program
The Western Australian Department of Health's Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program directs and coordinates the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in Western Australia (WA).
- reduce the incidence and transmission of STIs, HIV, hepatitis C and other BBVs
- minimise the personal and social impact of STIs, HIV, hepatitis C and other BBVs