This strategy identifies priority populations for action in the prevention and management of STIs. This determines priority on the basis of the epidemiology of STIs and sexual behaviour which result in risk. It also promotes equity and responds to social disadvantage and factors which may impact on access to health services, including those infected being marginalised or experiencing stigma.
While national consistency is critical to reduce fragmentation of effort, jurisdictional or local differences demand a local response. Similarly, identifying subpopulations helps in the identification of possible opportunities for intervention, such as with young people in or entering juvenile detention.13 These issues will be explored further during the implementation planning process for this strategy.
The priority population groups identified in this strategy are:
- young people
- Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples
- gay men and other men who have sex with men
- sex workers.
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13 Department of Juvenile Justices, 2003, Young People in Custody Health Survey,Key Findings Report, 2003, NSW Department of Juvenile Justice, ISBN: 0 73476518 5, pp. 23.