Is it nearly that time of year for you? Is your anniversary coming up?

Every year we have a list of events and anniversaries we never forget. Birthdays, public holidays and relationship anniversaries come around every year on their very own special day.

It’s easy to remember these special events because it happens in a pattern we can recall. For those who can’t remember the date of our partner’s birthday from Christmas Day, thank goodness for calendars in mobile phones!

But I wonder, do you schedule in your very own special anniversary?

I’m not talking about an anniversary to go hang out in the mountains with some alone time.

I’m talking about a special day for you to show yourself and your partners a bit of love and care by scheduling in a special date to get a sexual health check-up.

It’s important to have check-ups and testing for sexually transmissible infections as regularly as required.

To work out when your check-up should be, have a yarn with your doctor or sexual health clinic. They are the best mob to yarn to about you and your specific needs.

I know it can be a bit uncomfortable yarning about your private sexual life but like others have said, it’s just a conversation between you and one other person.

You don’t have to yarn about your whole life. It’s an opportunity for you to get some information and sexual health results.

Keeping up a healthy lifestyle isn’t always just about having the thought about testing — it’s about having a regular pattern of testing that works for you and your partners.

So have that big yarn with your doctor or sexual health clinic to get a sexual health check-up and tests and work out when your anniversary date is.

info: To find out more, email acon@acon.org.au or call 1800 063 060.

Meggan Grose is the team leader at ACON’s Aboriginal Project.

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