Stop the rise of STIs

In Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay by PHN Communications

A new sexual health campaign is rolling out across Queensland to challenge the high and rising rates of STIs.

Consumer research found that young people aged 15 to 29 have the highest rates of STIs. This also corresponded with significant knowledge gaps when it comes to sexual health.

The research also found that 60% of young adults believe oral contraceptives, like the pill, provide protection against STIs.

“Many young people were unaware of the risks of STIs, so are not practising safe sex and not getting tested,” Queensland Department of Health marketing director Alison Bock said.

“We needed a way to break through the misinformation, increase knowledge and awareness, and encourage regular testing.”

What can you do as a GP?

Look for opportunities to start a conversation about sexual health and keep the message positive. Young people have reported that they often feel embarrassed and uncomfortable discussing their sexual health with a health provider. By focusing on sexual health rather than the risks you can create a more open and welcoming environment.

What resources can you use?