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Shout-out to Leavers – Stay safe!

17 November 2017

WA Health is urging young people heading away for Leavers celebrations this week to stay safe while they’re having fun, and use a condom if they’re having sex. And if they’ve had sex without a condom to take a free online sexually transmitted infection (STI) test.

logo: Win VIP tickets to Falls Downtown

This year, WA Health is partnering with Falls Downtown in Fremantle to help raise awareness of sexual health issues among young people.

Through the partnership, WA Health is running a competition at Leavers on Tuesday to win Falls Downtown tickets. Young people who complete WA Aids Council’s Health pitstop can go into the running to win.

In the lead up to the Falls Downtown event, the couldihaveit (external site) website will also host a competition to win VIP Falls Downtown tickets. To enter, people need to answer a short safe sex quiz. Answers can be found on the website, so anyone can win!

The couldihaveit (external site) site also offers a free online testing facility where young people can do a quick STI self-assessment. Those at risk receive a PathWest referral, which means there is no need to see a doctor or clinic unless their test is positive. A positive test usually just means a simple course of antibiotics.

  • Rates of STIs in Western Australia are high, particularly among young people. In the year to June 2017, 11,728 Western Australians tested positive for chlamydia and 3,657 for gonorrhoea; of these, 53 and 40 per cent respectively were in the 16-24 year old age group. 
  • Not all STIs have noticeable symptoms and people can easily pass an infection to their partner, so it’s important that young people always wear a condom to protect against infection.