Your sexual health

Don't play around with your sexual health. There are important factors to consider when engaging in sexual contact with another person. Here's some important stuff for you to always remember:


Sexual consent matters. Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault and is always a crime. It isn’t enough to assume someone has given consent for sexual activity. It is essential that each person in a sexual encounter is sure that anyone else involved has given their full consent. The best way to make sure of this is to ask them.

Make sure that you Play By The Rules.


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Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) are easily transmitted during sexual contact, often show no symptoms, and are on the rise. Using condoms every time will help protect you and your partner from STIs. If you think you have an STI - don't panic. Make an appointment with a doctor. Get a check.

For more information on STIs and sexual health, visit the following websites for advice and information:

Family Planning NSW


NSW Health PlaySafe


Getting an STI check is a good way to look after your and your partner's sexual health.

Sexual health checks are recommended:

  • Every 12 months or with change of partner
  • If you have unprotected sex
  • If the condom breaks

A sexual health check is a check-up by a health professional for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and other sexual health issues. It can provide you with the chance to discuss your sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.

To find out where to get confidential and non-judgemental sexual health checks visit Access to Health Services.

Sexuality and Sexual definitions

Sexuality can be experienced and expressed in various ways. It includes thoughts, feelings, beliefs, attitudes, values, behaviours, and relationships. It is not just about who you have sex with, whether you identify as same sex attracted or heterosexual. It can a complex issue that can raise various feelings such as confusion and excitement.

The Genderbread person is a visual representation of the basic concept of sexuality. Sexuality can be defined by areas such as gender identity, gender expression, biological sex and sexual orientation. Sexuality is a fluid concept and can be viewed across a range in a continuum in all of the following areas . genderbread

Gender Identity

Refers to a persons' sense of maleness, femaleness or any mixture of the two.

Transgender people are people who have a gender identity, or gender expression, that differs from their assigned sex at birth.

Intersex people are born with reproductive organs, genitalia and/or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female.

Sexual Orientation/Attraction

The primary direction of a persons' sexual attraction is towards the other gender (heterosexual), to the same gender (homosexual), to both genders (bisexual) or to none (asexual).

Some common terms for sexual orientation include:

Heterosexual - attracted to people of the opposite sex or gender

Gay - Attracted to people of the same sex or gender
Lesbian - Attracted to people of the same sex or gender
Bisexual - Attracted to both men and women
Pansexual - Attracted to different kinds of people, regardless of their gender
Asexual - Not sexually attracted to anyone

Gender Expression

Gender is about a persons' sense of who they are and how they express themselves as a male, female or something else, as opposed to what their physical characteristics, genes and hormones indicate.

Biological Sex

Our biological sex is how we are defined as female, male, or intersex. It describes our internal and external bodies — including our sexual and reproductive anatomy, our genetic makeup, and our hormones.


If you are questioning or experiencing difficulty with your sexuality there are services both on campus and in the community that provide non-judgmental and confidential support including Counselling, Equity and Diversity or ACON.

For information regarding on campus support for gender diverse students, if you want further information or want to feedback on this webpage please contact health promotion.

At UON you have the right to express who you are and feel comfortable and safe within your sexuality.

Relationships are a part of healthy living and can provide great benefits to our lives. Everyone deserves to be in a safe and healthy relationship.

There are factors that can make a sexual relationship healthy and enjoyable or unhealthy and possibly unsafe. Respect is the foundation for a healthy sexual relationship. It is a commitment to communicating and acting with integrity. In a healthy sexual relationship, both partners are able to express their feelings and respect each others' needs and boundaries about sex.

Take the Relationship Quiz to find out if your relationship is on track.

If your relationship moves off track there are people who can help both on campus and in the community.  You can discuss relationship issues confidentially on campus with University Counselling or University Health Service.

More information about relationships can be found on the following links:

Love Is Respect

Family Planning

Using contraception can reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy.  There are many contraception options available in Australia.

When you are choosing the method of contraception that is right for you, it is important to have accurate information. It is also important to think about how well each method works, the possible side effects, how easy it is to use and how much it costs.

Make an appointment with the University Health Service to discuss what contraception option may best suit your needs.

For more information on contraception:
Family Planning NSW
Let’s Talk About Contraception  - Shine SA