Sexually transmitted infections – establishment of National Prevention Program

A new $9.8 million national campaign over four years will encourage safe sexual practices to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections, particularly targeting at-risk communities including homosexual men, young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Why is this important?

  • Between 2000 and 2005, the number of new HIV cases has increased by 41 per cent, from 656 to 928.
  • There have also been large rises in other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis.
  • This national campaign aims to reduce the incidence of STIs and HIV in target groups who are at higher risk of contracting STIs and HIV through increasing awareness of the risks and encouraging behaviour change.

Who will benefit?

  • The campaign aims to raise awareness and improve health behaviours in target groups who are at higher risk of contracting STIs and HIV, including homosexual men, young people, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government has committed $9.8 million over four years to implement the campaign.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Commonwealth Government spends about $11.0 million per year on national HIV/AIDS education, prevention, health promotion, and research.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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