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Can anything ‘create’ HIV?


No. Unprotected sex, for example, is only risky if one partner is infected with the virus. If your partner is not carrying HIV, then no type of sex or sexual activity between you is going to cause you to become infected – you can’t ‘create’ HIV by having unprotected anal sex, for example.
You also can’t become infected through masturbation. In fact nothing you do on your own is going to give you HIV – it can only be transmitted from another person who already has the virus.

Is kissing risky?

Kissing someone on the cheek, also known as social kissing, does not pose any risk of HIV transmission.
Deep or open-mouthed kissing is considered a very low risk activity for transmission of HIV. This is because HIV is present in saliva but only in very minute quantities, insufficient to lead to HIV infection alone.
There has only been one documented instance of HIV infection as a result of kissing out of all the millions of cases recorded. This was as a result of infected blood getting into the mouth of the other person during open-mouthed kissing, and in this instance both partners had seriously bleeding gums.

What is ‘safer sex’?

Safer sex is used to refer to a range of sexual activities that hold little risk of HIV infection.
Safer sex is often taken to mean using a condom for sexual intercourse. Using a condom makes it very hard for the virus to pass between people when they are having sexual intercourse. A condom, when used properly, acts as a physical barrier that prevents infected fluid getting into the other person’s body.

What does ‘safe sex’ mean?

Safe sex refers to sexual activities which do not involve any blood or sexual fluid from one person getting into another person’s body. If two people are having safe sex then, even if one person is infected, there is no possibility of the other person becoming infected. Examples of safe sex are cuddling, mutual masturbation, ‘dry’ (or ‘clothed’) sex . . .
In many parts of the world, particularly the USA, people are taught that the best form of safe sex is no sex – also called ‘sexual abstinence’. Abstinence isn’t a form of sex at all – it involves avoiding all sexual activity. Usually, young people are taught that they should abstain sexually until they marry, and then remain faithful to their partner. This is a good way for someone to avoid HIV infection, as long as their husband or wife is also completely faithful and doesn’t

But what if I don’t want to have sex?

It’s important not to feel pressured when it comes to relationships and sex – take your time deciding what you want to do.  A happy, healthy relationship doesn’t necessarily mean having sex.
No-one has the right to make you do sexual things you don’t want to, or to make you feel unsafe.  Abuse and violence is not acceptable in any relationship or situation, and is against the law.  It you have experienced sexual assault remember it’s not your fault, and help and support is available.

When can I have sex?

The legal age to have sex in WA is 16.  This applies to both guys and girls, regardless of who you are attracted to.  If you are supervising or responsible for young people under the age of 18, it is illegal to have sex with them.
Remember both partners must consent to having sex for it to be legal (you must both want to do it).  Forcing someone to have sex is a crime, and so is taking advantage of someone if they have been drinking or taking drugs.