- The NSW STI Programs Unit is part of the NSW Ministry of Health. The current focus of the Unit is:
- to strengthen the capacity of NSW’s general practitioners to manage STIs within the primary care setting
- to assist NSW publicly funded sexual health services to orientate service delivery towards priority populations
- to promote community awareness through state-wide STI social marketing and information campaigns
- to strengthen the capacity of non-traditional settings to assist management of STIs and HIV.
The past decade has seen rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and HIV increase in Australia. This education module looks at how to discuss sexual practice, STI and HIV risk with an aim to increasing STI and HIV testing in practices. A wide range of case studies also examine ways of approaching STI and HIV testing and treatment and promoting safe sexual practice using the NSW STIPU STI Testing Tool.
The educational activity discusses the role of general practitioners in contact tracing for STIs. The opportunities to initiate a discussion with patients are identified, advice provided in relation to the STIs for which contact tracing is recommended and methods to do this described. Options to assist patients with tracing sexual contacts are also described.