The WA AIDS Council coordinates Sexual Health Week as a state wide campaign each year. This year, Sexual Health Week is from the 14th - 21st February, and coincides with other relevant events including National Sexual Health Week, National Condom Day and Valentine's Day. The theme for Sexual Health Week always includes Safety, Pleasure and Respect. These three simple words underpin a holistic understanding of sexual health.
- Be with someone who makes you feel safe
- Seek regular sexual health check-ups
- Prevent the risk of an STI or unwanted pregnancy
- Express and explore your sexuality on your terms
- Know if it does not feel safe – do not do it
- Intimacy you have with your partner or on your own
- Be with someone who makes you feel happy, cared for and secure
- Have healthy and loving relationships
- Feel strong and confident in your own body.
- For your own bodyand your partner’s body
- For the choices you make, your partner makes and other people make
- For people of all sexualities
- Know that no always means no
One common misconception about sexual health is that it means being physically healthy or having regular STI tests. Sexual health is a lot more than safer sex, preventing infection and unwanted pregnancy. Sexual health is about open communication, confidence in making informed choices, acceptance of our differences and a healthy understanding of sexuality and relationships. It is about life, love, relationships and the freedom of sexual expression. It is about what happens in the head and the heart, it's about thoughts and feelings and how that relates to others. Sexual health is about safety, pleasure and respect.
What's Happening in 2018
- We're very excited to be launching a new film and resource titled "She's Chill - Looking After Yourself with Taylor & Lilly". This is a resource for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, and will be launched at The Backlot during Sexual Health Week before becoming available to the public. Watch this space!
- Volunteer to help us pack condoms at Gordon Street Garage on Valentines Day!
- Sex In Other Cities - send us your sexy travel stories!
- M Clinic is offering FREE Rapid HIV Testing for men who have sex with men.
- Guess how many condoms are in the jar for your chance to win!
- We've teamed up with Travel Medicine Centre Perth by providing them with free safe sex packs to give to their clients.
- WAAC Needle & Syringe Exchange service will be providing free condoms & information about testing.
- Order FREE safer sex packs (condom and lubrication sachet) by contacting Alicia King - email@example.com or 9482 0000.
- The Department of Health provides us with funding each year to run Sexual Health Week Grants. This year we have had 5 successful applicants who will be running a variety of sexual health activities and events. Grant applications are now closed for 2018. For more information on grants, click here.
- Read our Sexual Health Week Feature Articles, including Sexual Health & Travel, Occasional Impotence & the Myth of Potencyotency, Heterosexual Dating Lessons to be Learned from a Gay Man, In Defense of Porn, & Let's Talk About Sex (Baby!)
- Brush up your knowledge on a variety of sexual health topics (all the stuff you were never taught!) including body confidence, sexuality, safer sex, contraception, intimacy, masturbation, sex and the law, communication, trust and respect, healthy vs unhealthy relationships, how to use condoms, negotiating sex, STIs, sexual consent and much much more!
Sexual Health Week Downloads
|SHW Poster SHW Event Poster SHW Facebook Post Image SHW Facebook Cover Image Safety Pleasure Respect Poster|
National Condom Day
National Condom Day is an ideal opportunity to promote healthy sexual relationships and remind people about the importance of getting and giving consent. The theme of National Condom Day this year is ‘Got CAKE?’ Using the CAKE acronym can provide a helpful reminder when it comes to consent:
C – Consent
A – Ask first – Both partners of legal age actively agree to take part in sexual activities without fear, coercion or intimidation.
K – Keep safe – Both partners have the right to use condoms and other contraception to protect themselves from sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies.
E – Every time – Both partners have the freedom to choose when and what sexual activities to take part in, and the freedom to change their mind at any time.
|Download the CAKE Poster|
International Bottoms Appreciation Day
Thursday the 15th February is International Bottom Appreciation Day. It’s a time to celebrate our friends, our lovers, our mentors, and ourselves, for the giving and receiving we do all year!
- A Word in Praise of Bottoms
- All about International Bottom Appreciation Day from Justin Sayre of "The Meeting"
- 14 signs your a bottom! - (Men)
- Tops vs Bottoms - Pillow Talk (The Gay Women's Channel)
Sexual Health Resources
How to talk to Kids about Sex Safe Sex No Regrets You're Not Alone The Drama Down Under Syphilis is Back Poster
Sexy Selfies Consent
Other Useful Sexual Health Resources
WA Sexual Health Week is proudly supported by:
"Safety Pleasure Respect" has been used with the permission of Shine SA