Our mission is to increase awareness of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Rates of STIs and BBVs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities have been way too high for way too long – especially for young people in remote communities. It’s time to turn this around. This means making regular sexual health checks a normal part of life for sexually active young people – without stigma and without shame. We need to encourage people in remote communities to test for STIs and BBVs. This starts with educating people in remote communities about STIs and BBVs and getting whole communities involved in getting rates down.

This website is a one-stop shop for resources about STIs and BBVs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people across Australia. These resources have been developed and collated by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and The University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

Medical Research Institute as part of two initiatives funded by the Australian Government Department of Health:

  • Remote STI and BBV Project
  • Young, Deadly, STI and BBV Free
  • Young, Deadly, Syphilis Free Campaign.

There are resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people across Australia, as well as resources for Elders, parents, youth workers and other community leaders – with tips on how the whole community can work with young people to encourage STI and BBV testing, and knockout STIs and BBVs.

We also provide resources for clinicians working in remote communities, including videos, links to testing and treatment guidelines.

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