Need to talk?

Photo of Mandy (Left) and Elise (Right)

Mandy (Chiomi Fujii) and Elise (Rhian Phineasa) share their secrets, but sometimes it’s good to see a health worker or doctor for advice

Need to talk? More than the birds and the bees.

In Kasa Por Yarn, Jayson is the father of a sick baby in Cairns. All his friends and family on the island want him to acknowledge and support the baby. Jayson even gets into fights about it.  All it takes is one night of unprotected sex and you can have an unwanted pregnancy or get a sexually transmitted infection.

You don’t have to have sex if you don’t want to. If you go on a date, it doesn’t mean you have to have sex. Going on a date can just mean hanging out, talking or watching a movie.

Condoms will protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and pregnancy and both boys and girls can carry them.

Talk to your local Men’s and Women’s clinics, Primary Health Care Clinic or a doctor:

  • For a sexual health check
  • To get the emergency contraceptive pill (can take up to 3 days after unprotected sex)
  • To talk about contraception like the pill or implanon
  • To get free condoms
  • To arrange a Pap smear (women over 18 years)

When you make an appointment you don’t need to say what it’s about. For a Men’s and Women’s Health nurse, phone 4069 0413 (islands) or 4090 4219 (NPA). At the primary health clinic (outer islands) ask to see a nurse or a Men’s and Women’s Health Nurse.

Other people who can give you advice:

  • An aunty or uncle
  • Your school-based youth health nurse
  • Your guidance counsellor or other school counsellor
  • Community Health professionals
  • A telephone counsellor at Kids Help Line

(24hr telephone service: FREECALL 1800 55 1800 or visit http://www.kidshelpline.com.au)

Go to www.istaysafe.com for frank and honest advice.

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