University can be a time of experimentation, learning and socialising. All of which can be exciting, but can sometimes complicated and stressful. Use these resources to get information, support and skills to explore your sexuality in a safe and healthy way.
Sexual assault is any sexual or sexualised act that makes a person feel uncomfortable, intimidated or frightened. It is behaviour that a person has not invited or chosen. Sexual assault and abuse can be one-off events, or part of a pattern of violence. It has a range of effects, including physical, emotional and psychological. There are lots of ways to get help and be supported on and off campus at Curtin. See our Respect. Now. Always page for more information and how to get help.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) information and testing
There are a variety of infections which can be spread through sexual activity. You can get reliable accurate information about STIs:
- online at Get The Facts
- WA Aids Council – lots of support and information about HIV/AIDS and sexual health
- Read STI information in other languages
You can get an STI test by:
It’s important to find the contraceptive method which suits you.
- Get free condoms at Curtin’s Health Service in Building 109 and the Guild Tavern. The Health Service also has girl packs (dams/gloves/lube/condoms).
- Sexual Health Quarters – contraception, unplanned pregnancy, counselling (free for people under 25), STI checks.
- Get the Facts explores a range of myths and misconceptions about sexual health.
- Marie Stopes Australia – reproductive health and support.
- Contact a sexual health clinic.
- See a doctor at Curtin Health Service Building 109 Bentley campus. This is a free confidential service.
- Talk to your local GP (this may not be a free service).
Check out support and services including:
- Curtin’s LGBTIQ+ and Ally services and support
- The Freedom Centre helps provides young people (under 26) to support each other and their communities to be informed, happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender. The drop-in centres offer a safe space to hang out, have fun, meet and other LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and otherwise diverse in their sexuality and/or gender) young people and get peer-support and info if you need it.
- Living Proud – local events, advocacy, health and wellbeing and QLife telephone counselling
Whenever you have sex, you need to make sure that your partner is just as enthusiastic about having sex. In other words, that they give their full consent.
It’s important that you are 100 per cent sure that the person you’re with is happy and willing because non-consensual sexual activity (even kissing and touching) is against the law.
Not only is sex without consent a crime, but being pressured or forced into a sexual situation you’re not ready for (also known as rape and sexual assault) can do lasting emotional damage. It’s not enough to just assume someone wants sex as much as you, you really have to ask. Get more information on the Reach Out website.
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, see our Respect. Now. Always page for how to get help.
The importance of safe sex for international students
Safe sex means caring for your health and for your partner’s health.
Sex and the law for international students
Australia’s laws are important for all people living in Australia. Laws exist to protect everybody and help make our country as safe and peaceful place to live and study.
Discussing sexually transmitted infections for international students
An STI is a sexually transmitted infection spread through sexual contact, not many people realise that STIs are really common. It’s important that people understand about STIs so they know how to protect themselves.