Sexual health

Sexual health is an important part of general health and wellbeing. Find out what we’re doing to improve sexual health and help prevent and manage sexually transmissible infections (STI) in Australia.

About sexual health

Why it’s important, and how to maintain good sexual health.

What we do

What we’re doing to improve sexual health and prevent STI.

National strategies

Our priorities to reduce STI and bloodborne viruses.

HPV vaccination

Getting a human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

healthdirect hotline

1800 022 222

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.

Did you know?

1 in 6

Australians has had a notifiable STI in their lifetime

124,900

cases of notifiable STI were made in 2020

54%

of notifiable STI in 2020 were among males

Latest resources

Latest resources

National syphilis surveillance quarterly report – April to June 2022

This report provides a quarterly account of progress against the targets and indicators in the National strategic approach for responding to rising rates of syphilis in Australia 2021 and National syphilis surveillance and monitoring plan.
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Don't fool around with syphilis – Video

This video provides information on the current outbreak of syphilis happening across Australia and how you can protect yourself and your partner from getting the sexually transmissible infection.
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Your Cervical Screening Test

National Cervical Screening Program - Cervical screening explained

Cervical Screening Communications Toolkit

This communications toolkit contains key messages, social content, images, and case studies regarding cervical screening that can be used directly, or adapted or edited for external channels.