The WA Health Department has launched two sexual health campaigns to address the rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) being reported in Western Australia.
The campaigns aim to reduce the number of STI notifications among young people who continue to be a key risk group for STIs.
So far in 2020 young people have accounted for 51 per cent of chlamydia and 33 per cent of gonorrhoea notifications in WA.
Although most STIs, including the most common chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can be treated with antibiotics, they can cause serious problems if left untreated.
Stay safe you mob aims to improve STI testing and increase condom use among young Aboriginal people in WA. It links to a website which provides information on STIs, a simple STI self-assessment and advice on safe sex and treatment.
Unprotected sex with one person isn’t just with one person talks to young Western Australians – a key risk group for STIs.
The Department’s Program Manager for Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses, Lisa Bastian, said that young people aged between 16 and 30 are most likely to become infected with an STI.
“Make sure you are careful and always use protection. This will make sex safer and more enjoyable for everyone. If you have any concerns about being exposed to an STI, visit a GP or sexual health clinic for a check-up,” she said.