As Youth Week celebrations kick off, NSW Health reminds young people to look after their health using this year’s message: “Hump Safe this Hump Day. Carry a condom”.
Hump Day (5 April) aims to promote the importance of sexual health and STI prevention in a fun and positive way during Youth Week (31 March to 9 April).
NSW Health and the Department of Family and Community Services have joined forces to offer youth workers and services across the state sexual health resources and activities to mark the day, including a number of fun competitions.
The Far West Local Sexual Health Clinic will be taking part with a range of events and activities promoting sexual health messages to young people at the Broken Hill PCYC between 3pm and 7pm on Thursday, 6 April 2017.
The Sexual Health Clinic staff will be attending and supporting a partnership with Mission Australia and the Broken Hill PCYC. This is a community event with a free barbecue, laser tag, karaoke, children’s activities and information on local services and supports that young people and their families are able to access.
Jo Lenton CNC Sexual Health FWLHD said: “Sexual health is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of being a healthy young person.
“The rates of the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia are high among young people. Youth Week provides an opportunity to join people, talk openly about the importance of sexual health and where they can get confidential advice and sexual health check-up in their local area,” said Ms Lenton.
STIs are prevented by practicing safe sex, using condoms and water-based lube. However, if you haven’t always had safe sex, testing and treatment is available – contact your local GP or the NSW Sexual Health Infolink www.shil.nsw.gov.au on: 1800 451 624 for information about your local Sexual Health Clinic.
Hump Day and Youth Week is a partnership between NSW Health and Family and Community Services.
The Broken Hill Sexual Health Clinic is located at Primary Health at the Broken Hill Health Service. This is a confidential service with hours Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm. Appointments can be made by phoning 08 8080 1554 or walk-ins are encouraged.
For everything you need to know about safe sex, condoms, STI treatment and testing go to: Play Safe www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au.
Activities for Youth Week 2017 can be found on local Council websites or at: www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au