Third National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy: 2010–2013

5.1 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 to 30 years

Page last updated: July 2010

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.