Youth Week 2016 – Raising awareness of sexual health for youth

Youth Week 2016 – Introducing Hump Day
Raising awareness of sexual health for young people

NSW Health has partnered with the Department of Family and Community Services to promote sexual health for young people during Youth Week, through the introduction of Hump Day.

As part of Youth Week 2016 (8–17 April), NSW Health is launching Hump Day on Wednesday 13 April. Hump Day aims to create a focus on sexual health and increase condom use by engaging young people around this important health issue in a fun and positive way.

Young people aged 15-29 years have the highest rates of Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) notifications in NSW. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STI notification with over 16,000 notifications of chlamydia in young people in NSW in 2015.

The Broken Hill Sexual Health Clinic will be supporting and promoting sexual health messages to young people in the Far West during Youth Week.

Any youth who attends the Sexual Health Clinic in Broken Hill and undertakes a confidential free STI screening between 11 and 15 April 2016 will be entered into a draw to win one $50 gift card.
Youth can drop into the Clinic at the Broken Hill Health Service between the hours of 8-5pm Monday to Friday or call 08 80801554 to make an appointment with one of the confidential nurses. Free giveaways and Sexual Health Information will also be available.

Dr Chris Bourne from the NSW STI Programs Unit said sexual health is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of being a healthy young person.

“STI rates, especially Chlamydia, are extremely high among young people. Youth Week provides an opportunity to work with young people and educate them on the importance of sexual health and where they can receive confidential, advice and STI testing locally,” Dr Bourne said.

For more information on sexual health services across NSW contact Jo Lenton, Clinical Nurse Consultant Sexual Health on 08 80801554 or visit the Play Safe website at www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au

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