NSW Health has launched a new website – Play Safe – which aims to connect young people aged 15-24 years old with sexual health information and sexually transmissible infection (STI) testing, treatment and prevention services.
As you may know, 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.
Young people are often hesitant about accessing mainstream services for sexual health matters due to concerns about confidentiality, financial costs and concerns about possible negative and judgmental perceptions regarding their behaviour. Play Safe seeks to address these concerns through a range of innovative strategies to engage young people, including simple and easy to read facts & infographics; a personalised sexual health risk assessment tool; and a national postcode locator widget to identify local health services, including General Practices for STI testing & pharmacies for antibiotics.
There’s an interactive blog as well as a confidential space for young people to get all the information they need. “Nurse Nettie” is available 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).
Play Safe can be found at www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au