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Department of Health and Ageing
National Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2005-2008
Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2005, 48 pp
0 642 82716 8
Url sti_strategy.pdf

"The National Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) Strategy is the first of its kind in Australia. The need for a National Strategy has become clearer in light of recent increases in diagnoses of some STIs. STIs can result in significant morbidity as well as increasing the risk of HIV transmission. While STIs are common in Australia, they often disproportionately affect specific groups of people. The Strategy focuses on three specific priority areas: STIs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; STIs in gay and other homosexually active men; and chlamydia control and prevention. The National STIs Strategy sits within a communicable diseases framework alongside other complementary Strategies, most notably the National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2005–2008, the National Hepatitis C Strategy 2005–2008 and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Strategy 2005–2008. These four Strategies have the common goal of reducing the transmission of infectious diseases and improving treatment, care and support for
those affected. Groups such as people who inject drugs, young people, people in custodial settings and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may be at risk of HIV, STIs and hepatitis C. The Australian Government recognises this multiple risk and is looking to maximise opportunities for offering prevention, testing, treatment and support services. Other bodies, such as State and Territory Governments and community-based organisations, are vital in successful implementation of the Strategies. This Strategy should build a cooperative national approach to STIs."

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