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Ask the question – could I have it?

20 December 2020

Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain high in Western Australia. So far in 2020 young people have accounted for 45 per cent of syphilis, 74 per cent of chlamydia and 57 per cent of gonorrhoea notifications in WA.

A couple standing with their arms around each other, with lots of other people's hands also wrapped around them
Campaign: Unprotected sex with one person isn’t just with one person

Although most STIs, including the most common chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can be treated with antibiotics, they can cause serious problems if left untreated.

The Department of Health is running two sexual health campaigns over December and January.

Unprotected sex with one person isn’t just with one person promotes STI testing and safe sex to young people who continue to be a key risk group for STIs.

Stay safe you mob aims to improve STI testing and increase condom use among young Aboriginal people in WA. The campaign uses Aboriginal community members to deliver strong, culturally sensitive messages about STI testing and prevention.

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.

For more information about STIs and how to get tested, visit could I have it (external site).

Stay safe you mob

Campaign: Stay safe you mob