Let's talk about it

Join us for SEXtember at the University of Adelaide as we break the silence and start conversations about sexual health and wellbeing. Explore our events, workshops, and resources throughout the month of September.

  • Let's talk about SEXUAL HEALTH

    Sexual health is the state of physical, mental and social wellbeing related to sexuality. It encompasses not just the absence of disease and dysfunction, but also the ability to have satisfying and safe sexual experiences.

    Learning about sexual health is important for several reasons. It helps people make informed decisions about their sexual behaviours, including contraception, STI prevention, and healthy relationships. Understanding sexual health can help reduce the stigma surrounding sexuality and promote open communication about sexual topics, which is essential for maintaining healthy relationships. Being knowledgeable about sexual health can empower individuals to advocate for their own health and wellbeing, seek appropriate medical care when needed, and navigate sexual experiences in a way that is safe, consensual, and fulfilling. 

    Learn more about sexual health 

  • Let's talk about STI CHECKS

    STI checks, also known as STI screenings or tests, are medical tests used to detect the presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in individuals. When STI checks are performed, you can also be tested for infections that are not necessarily sexually transmitted as well, such as Candida (thrush or yeast infection). 

    STI checks screen for a range of infections, including but not limited to:

    • Chlamydia: A common bacterial infection that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system.
    • Gonorrhea: A bacterial infection that can grow in warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract. If left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.
    • Syphilis: A bacterial infection that can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly.
    • HIV: The virus that causes AIDS. HIV attacks the body's immune system, making it difficult to fight off infections and certain cancers.
    • Hepatitis B and C: Viral infections that affect the liver and can cause acute and chronic disease. Hepatitis B and C are spread through contact with infected body fluids.
    • Herpes: A viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). It can cause sores in the genital area and is highly contagious.

    STI checks are important for early detection and treatment of STIs, which can prevent further transmission and complications. It's essential to discuss your sexual history and any concerns with a healthcare provider to determine which tests are appropriate for you. Regular screenings, especially for individuals who are sexually active or have multiple partners, are recommended to maintain sexual health and wellbeing.

    FREE HIV self-testing kits at the University of Adelaide FREE HIV self-testing kits now in Australia — private results in 15 minutes!

    Learn more about STIs SAMESH 

  • Let's talk about PrEP and PEP

    Potential exposure to HIV to prevent infection.

    PrEP and PEP are crucial in the prevention of HIV. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily medication taken by HIV-negative individuals to reduce the risk of contracting HIV. It is highly effective when taken as prescribed, along with other preventive measures such as condom use. Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a short-term treatment taken after potential exposure to HIV to prevent infection. Both PrEP and PEP are important tools in HIV prevention and are part of a comprehensive approach to sexual health. Understanding how PrEP and PEP work, who can benefit from them, and how to access them is crucial for maintaining sexual health.

    Learn more about PrEP Learn more about PEP

  • Let's talk about SAFE SEX

    Safe sex is the practice of engaging in sexual activities safely. Safe sex promotes physical safety (keeping from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), injury and unintended pregnancies) as well as emotional safety (feeling safe and respected). This can include the use of barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, and open communication with sexual partners. 


    Find out where to get free sexual health products on campus Why is using lubrication important?  More information and resources on sexual misconduct


  • Let's talk about PLEASURE AND SAFETY

    Sexual health encompasses not just physical wellbeing but also emotional and social aspects, including pleasure and safety. Understanding one's own desires, boundaries, and how to explore them safely is key to a fulfilling sexual experience. It's important to recognise that sexual pleasure is diverse and can include a range of activities, including those involving kinks, fetishes, and erotica. It's crucial that these activities are consensual, safe, and respectful. Education and open dialogue about sexual pleasure can help individuals navigate their sexuality in a way that is fulfilling and safe for all parties involved. You can read up on lots of topics ranging from anal health to relationships, erotica and more!

    Learn more about sex and pleasure More information on navigating sexual wellbeing Sexual communication: Why is it important for partners? What is sexual arousal? 

    pleasure project

    Source: The Pleasure Project


    Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral components of an individual's identity, reflecting who they are attracted to in a sexual or romantic way and how they identify their own sexual and gender identities. Understanding and respecting diverse sexual orientations and gender identities is crucial for promoting inclusivity and acceptance.

    Learn more about gender identity Learn more about sexuality  Sexual Orientation vs Gender Thorne Harbour Health: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities

  • Let's talk about REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

    Reproductive health encompasses the physical, mental, and social wellbeing related to the reproductive system and its functions. Reproductive health issues include menstruation, prostate issues, sexual function issues (such as pain with intercourse, erectile and rapid ejaculation issues), fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause, with access to safe and legal abortion services. If you experience unplanned pregnancy, and are not sure what to do, speak to someone who can help.

    Learn more about reproductive health Did you know Student Care provides Emergency Contraception (EC) to students? Preventing STIs Treating STIs 

  • Let's talk about CULTURE

    Culture profoundly influences attitudes and behaviours related to sexual health. There can be taboos, secrecy or silencing about some topics relating to sex and sexuality. Also, things that may be private to some may not be to others. There are personal differences around values and behaviour in this space. Regardless of these differences, we have the right to be who we are, to be heard and respected, and access help as needed.

    It's essential to understand and respect that sexual health varies for each individual, and everyone brings their own cultural expertise, with distinct beliefs and practices that deserve recognition and appreciation from both themselves and others.

    International Student Health Hub PEACE Multicultural Services

Got a sexual health question?

Got a sexual health question? You can talk to a SHINE SA nurse for free on their confidential Sexual Healthline.

Adelaide Sexual Health Centre

Adelaide Sexual Health Centre provides a free and confidential specialist sexual health service for South Australia located on 260 Currie St, Adelaide SA 5000.

Where to get an STI test in SA?

Finding a place to get an STI test is easy! Your local doctor or sexual health clinic can offer STI testing. Browse this list of sexual health clinics throughout South Australia. 

Sexual Health Matters Podcast

Tune into the Shine SA podcase Sexual Health Matters where sexual and reproductive health topics are explored and your questions are answered.

Sexual Health Book Recommendations

Binge your next read on sexual health! Explore diverse perspectives and expert advice on sexual wellbeing and inclusivity.

SEXtember Playlist

Find your next favourite song on the SEXtember spotify playlist!