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- Strength and Power of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in South Australia
- Is it time for an STI checkup?
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- IWD 2022 - Celebrating AHCSA's Female Aboriginal Leaders
- AHCSA History Project
- 15 things NOT to do when using a RAT
- Fight the Bite and Mosquito Control
- National Condom Day 2022
- The Aboriginal Flag has been freed!
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week
- South Australia's COVID-Ready Plan
- Rainbow Tick
- 2019/2020 Annual Report
Each year February 14 marks National Condom Day, a day to encourage and promote the use of condoms.
Condoms are a reliable way to prevent both the spread of STIs and also unintended pregnancies, so it’s important that young people have access to condoms and understand their benefits.
Condom Quick Facts:
- Condoms are very effective at preventing pregnancy, but they must be used correctly – it can be a good idea to practice if you’re not sure.
- When used correctly, condoms are around 98% effective at preventing the spread of STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, but they only protect what they cover – they’re less effective against herpes, HPV and syphilis which are spread through skin-to-skin contact.
- They can also provide good protection against HIV.
- To be effective condoms need to be stored safely – it should be cool, and dry, and somewhere they won’t be bent and broken.
- Condoms are less likely to break when they’re used alongside water-based lubricant. Anything oil-based (massage oil, Vasaline) can cause breakage.
- They’re readily available from most chemists and supermarkets, but they can be a bit expensive. Your local Aboriginal health service, or SHINE SA, will have free condoms available.
- Sometimes accidents happen! If you’re using a condom and it breaks, it’s important to get in touch with your local health service to talk about STI screening, and emergency contraception if there’s a risk of pregnancy