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Hundreds get festival STI tests

10 January 2019

In a bold new health initiative, 460 festival goers accessed free STI tests at the Falls Festival in Fremantle last weekend.

Festival crowd

The Department of Health offered free onsite testing for gonorrhoea and chlamydia at the popular music festival as part of a broader public health program to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses in Western Australia.

Festival goers were able to experience a ‘pampering station’ and receive refreshments, glitter, condoms, and access to superior toilets.

Many people who tested at the festival were motivated by the convenience factor. Testing is quick and simple. Festival goers provided a urine sample with those who tested positive notified by phone within 10 days.

Young people aged 16 to 24 years are a key risk group for STIs. In the 12 months to 30 September 2018, this age group accounted for 51 per cent of all chlamydia notifications in WA and 30 per cent of gonorrhoea notifications.

For more information about sexual health and to take a free online STI test, visit couldihaveit.com.au (external site).