NSW Health launches sexual health website

NSW Health launches sexual health website

Play Safewas developed with the NSW Youth Advisory Council and connects young people aged 15-24 years old with sexual health information and sexually transmissible infection (STI) testing, treatment and prevention services.The website features fun and interactive tools for safer sex practices.

NSW Sexual Transmissible Infections Program Unit (STIPU) has been actively involved in developing the Play Safe website and is keen to spread the word about it to GPs, primary health care nurses, and allied health staff as well as highlight how its service can support young people by letting them know about the new site.

Young people aged 15-24 years have the highest rates of STI notifications in NSW. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STI, with over 11,000 notifications in this group in 2013.

There is an interactive blog as well as a confidential space for young people to get all the information they need. Nurse Nettiehas also been developed for young people to have a conversation or ask any questions they may have about sex, sexual health or sexuality. This service is supported by trained sexual health nurses from Sexual Health Infoline (SHIL).

As a healthcare provider you are in a unique position to connect with young people and spread the word about the Play Safe website and its features. There is also a service provider tool, including a poster to assist you to promote Play Safe in your service.

To request a copy of the service provider tool for Play Safe, email STIPU at michelle.bonner@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au. For more information please contact Jade Kremer, Youth Health Worker, at jkremer@nsml.com.auor phone 9477 8700.


NSW Health launches sexual health website