- 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.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can affect any of our patients - young and old. However raising the topic of sex and sexual behaviour can be difficult. As most STIs are asymptomatic, diagnoses and treatment is largely dependent upon screening. So, how do you get to the sensitive issues without causing offence or embarrassment? Read on to find out!
Off the back of HIV Testing Week, NSW Health encourages health professionals to avoid assumptions about a patient’s risk, ask relevant questions about sexual practices and offer testing to a diverse range of patients.
This STI Awareness Month, NSW Health looks at recent outbreaks of syphilis around the country, particularly within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and implores GPs to remain alert in a bid to stop the spread.
In the lead up to World AIDS Day, NSW Health urges health professionals to avoid assumptions about a person’s HIV risk, and offer HIV testing for all patients at risk of HIV. Tune in to learn more about the resources available to aid in the screening, diagnosis and management of 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.