Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 30 years who are sexually active are considered a priority population because they:
- experience higher STI rates than non-indigenous people of similar ages
- may have levels of health education and health literacy that are lower than that of older community members
- may engage in risk behaviours because they lack the maturity to negotiate safe sex, may not recognise their own vulnerability and may not value their sexual health
- have high fertility rates
- experience barriers to accessing health services.