Improving sexual health information and STI testing for young people in Far West NSW
Young people aged 15-26 years have the highest rates of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) in NSW with over 12,000 Chlamydia notifications last year.
In a bid to reduce this alarming statistic, the Broken Hill Sexual Health Clinic will be raising awareness of sexual health and STIs amongst young people at the Silver City Cup races on Saturday, 24 October 2015.
The Sexual Health Clinic in partnership with the Silver City Cup Race Club will be providing a range of events and activities promoting sexual health messages to youth under “The Easy to Catch, Easy to Test” campaign on race day.
The “Easy to Catch” campaign addresses the dramatic rise in Chlamydia infection in Australia within the 15-26 years age group. Chlamydia is known as a silent infection, with most people having no symptoms. The campaign asks males and females to provide a urine sample to test for Chlamydia confidentiality and enter a draw to win one of three $50 gift vouchers.
“We will have a Pop up Health Promotion Tent with free safe sex kits, giveaways and the opportunity for testing will be available confidentially,” said Ms Jo Lenton, CNC Sexual Health with Far West LHD.
“Sexual health is an essential but sometime overlooked part of being a healthy young person,” said Ms Lenton. “Each year, we are seeing increased STI rates amongst youth, particularly for Chlamydia, which saw a 10 per cent increase in 2014 compared to 2013 in NSW. “This program provides an opportunity to focus and remind young people about their sexual health, why it’s important and where they can receive confidential, free advice and STI testing locally.”
Ms Lenton hopes that race goers will take advantage to make themselves aware of STIs and their sexual health and the confidential testing that will be available.
For more information about sexual health and STIs contact Jo Lenton on 08 80801554.