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It can be tricky territory as a young person finding your way through your mid-to-late teenage years, and with so many changes occurring within your personal life, education and even physically, taking in large volumes of information is probably quite low down on your ‘to do’ list. Sexual health and hygiene is a complex topic, and one which is ideally tackled by well-informed individuals such as parents or healthcare practitioners. In need of some quickfire information? Read ahead  and let the professionals at Duality Health cover everything from STI testing to tackling stigmas.


Understanding contraception is essential for maintaining good sexual health and preventing unwanted pregnancies. Young adults should be well-informed about the various contraception methods available to them. For example, barrier methods like condoms not only prevent pregnancy but also protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s important to use condoms consistently and correctly, though hormonal methods such as birth control pills, patches, and injections are also effective, but they do not protect against STIs. Consulting a healthcare provider at Duality Health can help you choose the most suitable contraception method based on your individual needs.

STIs and STDs

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are a reality of sexual activity, though if you practise safe sex, you should have very little to worry about. To protect yourself and your partner, it’s crucial to understand the risks and how to reduce them. Regular STI testing is a responsible step for sexually active young adults. Duality Health offers comprehensive STD testing services that are confidential and non-judgmental. Early detection and treatment are vital in managing STIs and preventing further complications – and remember that some infections may not show symptoms immediately, highlighting the importance of regular screenings.

Addressing The Stigma

Addressing the stigma surrounding sexual health is crucial for creating an open and informed society. Young adults should feel comfortable discussing sexual health matters with their healthcare providers, parents, carers and partners. At Duality Health, we understand the importance of a safe and supportive environment for discussing sensitive topics. Our healthcare professionals are trained to provide accurate information and guidance while maintaining patient confidentiality. Breaking the stigma is a collective effort that starts with education and open conversations in 2023 and beyond.

Schedule An Appointment

Taking charge of your sexual health includes scheduling regular health screenings and appointments. Duality Health offers a range of health screening services tailored to young adults. Our services include not only STI testing but also general health check-ups to ensure your overall well-being. Remember that sexual health is an integral part of your overall health, and addressing concerns promptly can lead to a healthier future. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with our experienced healthcare professionals to discuss your sexual health and receive personalised advice.

At Duality Health our highly qualified clinicians always offer a confidential, quality service which is highly accessible. We can provide you with peace of mind, regardless of the issue you’re dealing with! Our dependable online booking system and helpful administrative team streamline your access to care, so contact our team on 028 3083 3666.