According to the NSW STI Data Report 2017, chlamydia remains the most common STI among young people, with over 29,000 cases detected last year - the majority
among 15-30 year olds.
“More STI cases are being detected because of increased and better targeted
testing,” said Dr Chris Bourne, Head of NSW STI Programs Unit at the Centre for
“Condoms are the best protection against STIs, and if
you have unprotected sex, see your
doctor for testing.
STIs often have
so don’t delay,” he said.
“While schoolies should be a fun time after the stresses of exams, look after yourself
and your mates.”
A useful NSW Health resource for parents and teenagers heading off to schoolies is the NSW Sexually Transmitted Infections Programs Unit’s updated NSW Play Safe
The website is specifically targeted at young people aged 16-29 years and provides STI prevention, testing and management help.
For teenagers heading to music festivals, there is free, confidential chlamydia testing
at NSW Health’s VIP tents
with a simple
urine test. Free condoms
are also available.
For information about STI testing and support, call the NSW Sexual Health Info link
on 1800 451 624.
In 2018-19, NSW Health is investing $21.9 million in services to strengthen HIV and
STI testing, treatment and prevention, including $1,527,000 in programs to engage
young people aged
16-29 years in good sexual health practices.