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Youth sexual health campaign launched

19 December 2018

A new sexual health campaign targeting young people aged 16-24 years aims to promote safe sex practices and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

A couple standing with their arms around each other, with lots of other people's hands also wrapped around them

The WA Health campaign depicts an amorous young couple being disturbed by voices of past sexual partners, highlighting how unprotected sex with one person isn’t just with one person.

The campaign includes posters, digital banners, online videos and cinema advertising.

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

In a first for Western Australia, Perth festival goers will also be offered free on-site STI testing at Falls Festival in Fremantle on January 5 and 6, 2019.

Testing will be available at a special 'pampering facility' that will be set up for the duration of the two-day event, and will be quick and simple.

Festival goers who get tested will be rewarded with refreshments, free condoms and access to superior toilets. Peer educators from WA AIDS and the Youth Affairs Council of WA will be on hand at the festival to distribute condoms and help spread safe sex messages.

The festival initiative follows the success of on-site STI testing at music festivals in New South Wales.

Learn more at couldihaveit.com.au (external site).