Queensland Health is running a sexual health campaign, Stop the Rise of STIs, to encourage young people to see their GP or health professional to get tested for Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) — https://qld.gov.au/stoptherise.
STI rates in Queensland are high and increasing each year. Queenslanders aged 15-29 have among the highest rates of STIs and significant knowledge gaps when it comes to STIs and sexual health (e.g. 60% of young adults think the pill can protect against STIs according to Queensland Health's consumer survey). Many young Queenslanders are not practising safe sex and not getting tested for STIs.
This campaign coincides with the launch of new resources for health professionals on STI and BBV testing, as well as instructions on how to self-swab and best practice for chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing. Both resources were adapted from material originally developed by the NSW STI Programs Unit. ASHM was involved in the redevelopment of the resources, and will be incorporating them into ASHM training in Queensland.
These materials and other helpful resources can be found on the Queensland Health campaign web page: www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/sex-health