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Good sexual health includes being aware of how to protect yourself and your sexual partners from sexually transmissible infections, seeking testing and treatment if you do get a sexually transmitted infection (STI), and having access to contraception.

In Australia:

  • about 16% of Australians report having a sexually transmitted infection in their lifetime
  • over 23,000 Australians are living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

healthdirect hotline

Call this number to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What we’re doing about sexual health

Australia leads the world in preventing cervical cancer through our human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program.

We also manage policies and programs to improve sexual health and prevent and monitor sexually transmissible infections. These include:

Support services

There are many sexual health support services available throughout Australia. To find services in your area, use the healthdirect service finder.

You can also contact a family planning organisation in your state or territory.