Talk. Test. Treat. explained

About Talk. Test. Treat.

This website is part of Sexual Health Month, an annual campaign initiated by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health (DoH), to highlight the importance of sexual health.

The Talk. Test. Treat. website provides information and resources on sexual health, specifically for migrant and refugee communities. There are also a range of campaign materials to help promote sexual health in your community.

Sexual health problems, reproductive issues and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) don’t discriminate. Anyone who is sexually active, of any age, gender, sexuality, lifestyle, location, culture or ethnicity who has sex, can have sexual health and reproductive issues or get an STI without knowing it.

Healthy sexual relationships ensure each partner feels safe to have open and honest conversations with each other. It’s also important to have regular sexual health check-up’s with your GP, along with regular testing for STIs and seek treatment if needed.   

Everyone’s sexual health matters, which is why the Multicultural Health & Support Service has been engaged by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health to lead the CALD campaign for Sexual Health Month.

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Why we created Talk. Test. Treat.

We created this website to increase awareness of sexual health among migrant and refugee communities, to:

  • Normalise talking about sexual health as part of one’s general health maintenance.
  • Encourage healthy, respectful and safe sexual relationships.   
  • Reduce stigma by normalising sexual health testing and treatment for STIs.
  • Promote and encourage ACTION through the Talk Test & Treat messages in a culturally competent manner.

Our approach focuses on reinforcing and increasing awareness of sexual health, care and testing, to drive:

  • Attitude – awareness of one’s own sexual health, healthy relationships & potential risks and the ability to talk about these issues.
  • Behaviour change – undertake regular check ups and seek STI testing as per recommendations.
  • Health Knowledge – where to seek testing and treatment for any sexual health issue and ensuring they stick to full course of treatment.

Thank you for promoting Sexual Health month to the communities you work with.

Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS)

MHSS, a program of CEH works with communities and health professionals to address the poorer health outcomes experienced by people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Its goal is to prevent new incidences and transmission of STIs, HIV, blood borne viruses (BBVs) and viral hepatitis among these communities.

CEH is a programme of North Richmond Community Health, a not-for-profit community health centre, which aims to build healthier communities by making healthcare more accessible and culturally relevant.

Health Translations: Translated information, managed by CEH on behalf of the Victorian State Government www.healthtranslations.vic.gov.au

BetterHealth Channel  (Victorian Government health & medical info) : https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/STI

The Centre for Culture Ethnicity & Health (CEH)

CEH is a unique agency offering expertise in cultural diversity and health, education and training, cultural competence, social marketing, cross-cultural communication and consumer participation.

We assist organisations to provide a high quality of service to clients from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Our clients include hospitals, government departments, local councils, health centres, community services and higher education providers.

CEH is a program of North Richmond Community Health (NRCH).