As many STIs do not have symptoms, regular testing (every 6-12 month) is an important part of sexual health and wellbeing. It’s free, confidential, and usually just peeing in a cup and a blood test.

You Should Get Tested

Condoms can break and they do not protect from against all STIs.

It’s nothing to be shame about. We need to get STI rates down in our communities. Getting tested is looking after your health and helping the community knock out STIs.

  • STIs can happen to anyone
  • STIs can be treated
  • Health workers can help explain treatment

Helpful Resources

Better to Know is a website for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women. It provides detailed information on STIs and BBVs, and on getting tested– in two sections, Men’s Business and Women’s Business. You can organise to be sent a reminder SMS to have a sexual health check. You can also use the website to notify recent sex partners that they need to have a sexual health check. This can be done anonymously – they won’t know that it was you that sent the message. The clinic can help you with this.

Young Deadly Free is a project by the University of Queensland Poche Centre for Indigenous Health (formerly the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute). © UQ POCHE 2024

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