Sexually transmitted infections. Initiatives for prevention

S. Rachel Skinner, Amanda Parsons, Melissa Kang, Henrietta Williams, Christopher Fairley

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Sexually transmissible infections (STls) are responsible for a significant burden of disease in both developed and developing countries and young people are disproportionately affected by STIs and their consequences. STI rates in young people are determined by a wide range of well documented influences. These include physiological, cognitive and behavioural factors, as well as environmental factors such as the social, and cultural context in which young people live. Despite the recognition of these influences, their complex inter-relationships are less well documented and the evidence for interventions to reduce STIs in young people is similarly less clear. This paper explores the most important factors that impact STI rates in young people in Australia and reviews interventions that have shown success, in Australia and elsewhere. In addition, promising strategies for the promotion of sexual health and reduction of STIs in young Australians, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-294
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Adolescent health
  • Australia
  • Prevention
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexually transmissible infections

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