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Condom Day highlights importance of consent, as well as safe sex

14 February 2020

A community barbecue on Thursday Island was used to highlight a second important message on Valentine’s Day on 14 February.

“As well as being Valentine’s Day, 14 February also is celebrated as national and International Condom Day,’’ Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Senior Public Health Officer Mario
Assan said.

“Condoms are the only form of contraception that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections (STIs).

“Using condoms means you never have to worry and can just focus on having fun.

“However, this year, International Condom Day also is focusing on the importance of consent, as well as safe sex.

“Consent is so very important.’’

Mr Assan said many people still reported they felt pressured when it came to having sex.

“Consent is about communicating every step of the way,’’ he said.

“It is about making sure both partners actively agree to take part in a sexual activity without fear of intimidation or coercion.

“Pressuring or coercing someone into having sex or taking advantage of them when they are under the influence of alcohol and drugs and therefore can’t give consent, is illegal.

“It is really important for everyone in a relationship to feel comfortable with what’s happening.’’

Mr Assan said International Condom Day was an ideal opportunity to promote healthy relationships, show respect for your partner and celebrate the use of condoms in preventing STIs.

“But consent is an important issue not only on International Condom Day, but every single day,’’ he said.

“So, let’s celebrate the importance of consent, as well as remembering condoms are still the most effective and available way to stay safe and enjoy sex when used correctly.

“People with STIs often don’t know they’re infected, so protect yourself just in case.

“You can never tell who has an STI just by looking at them, which is why condoms are so important.

“And remember, it only takes one person to make the decision. No condom, no sex!

“You can get free condoms at any time day or night from the NQ Condoms stainless steel dispensers located throughout your community.

“If you want free condoms, contact your local health service facility. They could even give you a quick check-up at the same time.’’

For more information visit about Your ultimate guide to sexual health

PHOTO CAPTION:
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service trainee Health Worker Maria Mau and Senior Public Health Officer Mario Assan with one of the NQ Condoms program dispensers that are available in communities.

Last updated: 26 February 2020