Preventing the transmission of STIs and HIV is about knowing the risks, and taking responsibility for minimising the risks through safer practices.
This can mean practising safer sex to reduce the risk of STI and HIV transmission, or safer injecting practices to reduce the risk of HIV or Hepatitis C transmission.
Practising safer sex is not just about using condoms. If you are sexually active, particularly with short–term partners, it is recommended that you get tested for STIs regularly. You can find an STI testing clinic near you here.
It’s important to consider also that alcohol and drug use can influence your ability to make responsible decisions about your sexual health.