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It's Sexual Health Week in Australia

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Australia kicked off its first ever Sexual Health Week yesterday (running through the 15th) to promote condoms, STI tests, birth control, etc. (To paraphrase Paul Hogan, now that’s a fight!) As part of the project, a survey was conducted showing that nearly all adult Australians taking part in the study have had unprotected sex, but only about half of them have had a test for sexually transmitted infections. We’re sure American numbers aren’t much better. It’s been a while since the ’80s AIDS scare and we’ve gotten lazy with the latex. So let’s take a minute to review Sexual Health Week’s goals and messages, for they are important and inspiring and should not be forgotten, no matter where you are in the world.

GOALS:

  • Decrease the rates of sexually transmitted infections in Australia
  • Encourage regular sexual health check ups
  • Remove the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections and sexual health
  • Promote awareness of the many contraceptive options available
  • Reinforce the importance of condom usage and practicing safe sex at all times

MESSAGES:

  • Take control of your sexual health – always negotiate safe sex
  • Don’t let love bug you – get a sexual health check up
  • Contraception Conundrums? – find out what contraception is right for you

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