Despite access to simple prevention and treatment strategies, STI rates continue to grow across Australia.
Primary health care professionals have an essential role to play in testing, diagnosing and managing sexual transmissible infection.
The Australian population is not affected evenly by STIs. The most significant burden lies with:
The epidemiology indicates upward trends for most STIs in these priority populations, including chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and HIV.
There are over 82,000 chlamydia notifications annually, with 15-29 year olds the most at risk.
Successes have been seen in maintaining donovanosis diagnoses in Australia at under one case annually. Following the introduction of the HPV vaccine, the proportion of young women with genital warts has also fallen significantly.