The last decade has seen record increases in STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, here in Victoria and across Australia. That’s why this STI Testing Week, 8-14 September 2019, CERSH is encouraging all Victorians to start talking about STIs, to get tested and seek treatment.
It is estimated that around one in every six people will get an STI – and most don’t even know it. However, even if there are no obvious symptoms, having an STI can cause serious health issues, like infertility.
During STI Testing Week we are highlighting the importance of regular STI testing, where and how to get treatment, and the importance of using condoms to help prevent STI transmission. Our message is simple, if you’re having sex – use condoms and get an STI test at least once every 12 months.
STIs don’t care about age, sexuality, where anyone lives, if they are male or female, trans or gender diverse. The easiest and most effective way that all Victorians can protect themselves against an STI is by always using a condom for vaginal, anal or oral sex.
So this STI Testing Week, get talking about STIs. Help promote the campaign in your community, service or school by printing out and displaying the posters below!
For more info on STIs, helpful links and a Service Search visit: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/STI