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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 8 December 2011) . . Page.. 6097 ..

Planning ACT (SHFPACT) and the ACT Hepatitis Resource Centre (HRC) are well-respected institutions that are currently running the following sexual health education campaigns:

“On the Rise” is a local condom reinforcement campaign by AAC in response to higher rates of Gonorrhoea infection in the ACT;

“I Sex, I Condoms” is the third iteration of a successful condom reinforcement campaign which highlights condoms as the best prevention strategy for HIV and other STIs;

AAC-managed websites provide up to date and accurate information on the prevention of HIV and STIs and general sexual health and include links to other relevant sexual health websites;

In addition, AAC operates a telephone enquiry service for those who prefer to speak to someone directly. Information on HIV and STIs is regularly provided to people of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds and different sexual orientations;

SHFPACT works in close partnership with the Canberra Sexual Health Centre (CSHC), ANU Medical School Academic Unit of Internal Medicine and the Population Health Policy Support Office to deliver the Stamp Out Chlamydia 2 project (SOC2). SOC2 employs social marketing to raise awareness of chlamydia in the ACT and uses opportunistic event-based testing at locations such as Summernats and Foreshore to reach target populations who are otherwise frequently poor users of sexual health services;

SHFPACT also works in close partnership with CSHC to deliver the Sexual Health Lifestyles and Relationships Program (SHLiRP) into ACT Government secondary colleges. SHLiRP is a combined health education and clinical screening program in each secondary college on a two-year cycle. Each student attending college will therefore have one opportunity to participate in the SHLiRP Program. SHLiRP specifically educates college students about the most significant STI risks (chlamydia, herpes and HPV), and blood-borne viruses risks (Hepatitis B and C and HIV), for young people and provides a unique opportunity to access sexual health services on campus;

SHFPACT distributes a range of campaign-branded safe sex packs tailored to the projects above and other activities that appeal to a wide range of community members, including young people, and are distributed broadly through health, education and community service locations;

HRC delivers education and health promotion activities to young people that include Hepatitis A, B and C information. As Hepatitis B is spread through body fluids the HRC educates about the importance of safe sex practices to prevent transmission.

(2) The campaigns mentioned above will continue into 2012. In addition, ACT Health Directorate partners will be launching the following new campaigns in 2012:

“The Drama Down Under” is an AAC campaign aimed at raising awareness in the gay men and men who have sex with men community about commonly diagnosed STIs, their transmission, symptoms and treatment.

AAC will introduce a female condom promotion campaign in 2012 with the aim of encouraging women to take control of their own sexual health & wellbeing.

(3) The ACT Government supports strategic non-governmental partners to engage with young people about sexual health education and health promotion.

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