As Youth Week celebrations kick off, NSW Health reminds young people to look after their health using this year's message: “Hump Safe this Hump Day. Carry a condom".
Hump Day (5th April) aims to promote the importance of sexual health and STI prevention in a fun and positive way during Youth Week, which runs from 31 March – 9 April.
NSW Health and the Department of Family and Community Services have joined forces to offer youth workers and services across the state sexual health resources and activities to mark the day, including a number of fun competitions.
Western NSW Local Health District will be taking part with a range of events and activities promoting sexual health messages to young people.
Activities for Youth Week 2017 can be found on local Council websites or at: www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au.
Manager of HIV and Related Programs, Ann Ryan said sexual health is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of being a healthy young person.
“The rates of the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia are high among young people. Youth Week provides an opportunity to join people, talk openly about the importance of sexual health and where they can get confidential advice and sexual health check-up in their local area," Ms Ryan said.
STIs are prevented by practicing safe sex, using condoms and water-based lube. However, if you haven't always had safe sex, testing and treatment is available - contact your local GP or the NSW Sexual Health Infolink www.shil.nsw.gov.au on 1800 451 624 for information about your local Sexual Health Clinic. Details for Dubbo and Orange Sexual Health Clinics are listed below.
Hump Day and Youth Week is a partnership between NSW Health and Family and Community Services.
For everything you need to know about safe sex, condoms, STI treatment and testing go to the Play Safe website www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au.
Dubbo Sexual Health Clinic is located at 203 Brisbane Street, Dubbo and can be reached by phoning (02) 6841 2480.
Orange Sexual Health Clinic is located at 96 Kite Street, Orange and can be reached by phoning (02) 6392 8600.
Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via firstname.lastname@example.org