Talking about sexual health and STI testing is a normal part of general health.
Here are some resources to help with conversations about STI testing, including information and links to services, support, research and stories. There are also resources for healthcare professionals, educators, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ+ communities.
Young Deadly Free
Website providing resources for young people in remote communities, as well as resources for parents, Elders, teachers and other community leaders, with tips on how the whole community can work with young people to encourage STI and BBV testing.
Open Doors Youth Service
Support services for LGBTIQ young people and their families.
This website is dedicated to raising awareness of issues around sex, dating and relationships with youth friendly content and frank answers to ‘off limits’ questions.
For LGBTIQ Communities
Open Doors Youth Service – support services for LGBTIQ young people and their families.
Diverse Voices – provide a peer-based telephone and internet chat counselling, referral and information service to ALL people dealing with issues relating to sexuality and/or gender.
Clinic 30 – a free service dedicated to the mental and sexual health of the LGBTIQ community in Brisbane.
For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Young Deadly Free – this website provides resources for young people in remote communities, as well as resources for parents, Elders, teachers and other community leaders, with tips on how the whole community can work with young people to encourage STI and BBV testing.
ATSI HIV – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week website provides up to date resources on HIV for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and health services across Australia. The website is also intended to support health professionals and educators, with information on the latest data on HIV among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities, key research projects, and links to useful online resources.
These links are for those involved in educating people about sexual health, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
True relationships and reproductive health - this website provides information and resources to meet the needs of parents/carers and young people, as well as resources for professionals working in schools and health care in Queensland.
Queensland Positive People – this is a public speaking service provided by people living with either HIV, viral hepatitis, or both, who each have stories to tell in raising awareness and education to prevent the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis.
Queensland Health (Sexual health and wellbeing) – this page contains content written for the public by the Queensland Government, with links to information specifically targeted towards young people.
For healthcare professionals - useful links
Queensland Health (Sexual health resources) – this page provides information for the general public and health professionals about current Queensland sexual health strategies, research, resources, surveillance and reporting.
Queensland Health (Sexual health training) – this page provides information and links for clinicians about sexual health training including links for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health workers.
Queensland Health (Sexual health educators) – this page contains links for people involved in educating people about sexual health, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.
ASHM – the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine is a peak organisation of health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in HIV, viral hepatitis, other BBVs and sexually transmissible infections. ASHM draws on its experience and expertise to support the health workforce and to contribute to the sector, domestically and internationally.
True relationships and reproductive health – this website offers online reproductive and sexual health information, group webinars, half and full day training for professionals, school education programs including for students with a disability, as well as information sessions for families.
ECCQ – the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland runs a range of courses for professionals working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
STI e-learning - a free online learning program funded by the Department of Health Western Australia, delivered by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.
Iris Education – this education company provides professional development with flexible delivery options focusing on reproductive and sexual health education for health professionals.
Australasian Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians - a chapter of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Adult Internal Medicine Division that connects and represents Sexual Health Medicine Fellows and trainees in Australia and New Zealand.
Sexual Health Society of QLD - membership with the society provides high quality educational opportunities and the ability to advise and advocate for improvement in sexual health in Queensland.
Australian Association for Adolescent Health - brings young people and professionals together to promote the health and wellbeing of adolescents and young adults throughout Australia.
Videos about sexual and reproductive health
Queensland Health produced a series of animated video content that provides information on STI transmission and symptoms, as well as other aspects of sexual and reproductive health – such as what to expect when visiting a health provider for a sexual health check.
Sexual health checks
Blood to blood
Information on keeping safe
Confidentiality of patient information
Lawstuff - this website provides legal information for young people and has content on privately accessing medical treatment including a checklist and animation on “seeking medical treatment on your own”.
Notifiable Conditions Systems - The Public Health Act 2005 aims to protect people from the spread of communicable diseases in ways that provide a balance between protecting public health and allowing individual rights to liberty and privacy. If individuals test positive for notifiable conditions (including STIs), the pathology laboratory is required to notify the result to Queensland Health and this information is stored in a database known as NoCS (Notifiable Conditions System). Data security and privacy is protected unless authorised under another Act or law. Information is disclosed to persons performing duties described under the Act (e.g. data management and reporting, contact tracing).
Organisations providing sexual health services
Australasian Society of HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine – a peak, member-based organisation supporting health professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in the area of HIV, viral hepatitis and STIs.
Sexual Health Society of Queensland – provides authoritative advice and advocacy regarding all aspects of sexual health in Queensland.
Queensland Injectors Health Network – a non- government, not for profit organisation which provides a variety of health services to illicit drug users throughout Queensland.
Queensland AIDS Council – a community organisation that delivers HIV prevention programs, critical peer support and client services for people with HIV.
Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland – provides access to culturally appropriate health information and services, including a Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and Sexual Health Program for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Queensland.
True relationships and reproductive health – provides clinic services and education relating to reproductive and sexual health.
Hepatitis Queensland – a non-government, community organisation that provides support, education and resources about viral hepatitis.
Queensland Positive People – a peer-based organisation that advocates for people living with HIV, providing support, education, prevention, treatment and health promotion services about HIV and other STIs.
Respect Inc – support services focused on the rights and wellbeing of Queensland sex workers.
Open Doors Youth Service – support services for LGBTIQ young people and their families.
Women's Health Queensland Wide – a not for profit health promotion, information and education service which provides coaching, support and health information for women of all ages in Queensland.
Youth Link – works with disadvantaged, homeless and at risk young people in Cairns, providing services and support in health (including sexual and reproductive health), housing, and emergency relief.
Youth Empowered Towards Independence (YETI) - supports the health and wellbeing of young people (aged between 12 and 25) who live in far north Queensland through a variety of programs.
Queensland World AIDS Day Alliance – aims to raise awareness in the Queensland community about HIV/AIDS issues.
Queensland Health (Sexual health services) – this page provides information about sexual health services in Queensland, including sexual health clinics and community-based testing sites.
It’s as simple as tea - consent explained video
The conversation - online discussion on the UK tea and consent video and further links to legal and other issues surrounding consent, sexual abuse, revenge pornography etc.
The Line – this website is dedicated to raising awareness of issues around sex, dating and relationships with youth friendly content and frank answers to ‘off limits’ questions. This includes several articles written for young adults about consent.
Sexual violence and assault
No one asks or deserves to be a victim of sexual violence, or any violence for that matter. If you have been a victim of sexual violence, it is not your fault and you are not to blame.
Sexual violence includes all behaviours ranging from sexual harassment, to image-based abuse, to sexual assault and rape, and happens when a person is forced to have sex or engage in sexual activities when they don’t want to, or are unable to give their consent. Sexual violence is a crime.
If you have been sexually assaulted recently or in the past and would like help, there are a range of services available to help you.
Partner notification programs
Let Them Know – this website has been developed to help people who have been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium, syphilis and trichomoniasis to tell their sexual partners that they might also be at risk.
Ensuring partners are tested and treated is an important way of controlling the spread of these infections. As well as frequently asked questions, this website includes examples of conversations, emails, text messages (SMS) or letters you can use in informing your partner. It even allows you to send an SMS or email to your partner directly from the site, either personally or anonymously or if you prefer, you can ask your doctor to help.
The Drama Downunder – this website provides comprehensive information for males with male partners about STIs, testing and treatment, as well as lists and maps showing where men can get tested in their area.
The site also allows users to sign up for SMS or email reminders to book in for sexual health checks and lets those who have been diagnosed with an STI notify their partners via SMS or email, anonymously if they wish, in order to look after the health of their partners.
Better To Know – this website provides information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about common STIs and provides a service to advise their sexual partners that they might also be at risk. This is done with an e-card or SMS, either personally or anonymously.
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