This website is part of STI Testing Week (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/sti), an annual campaign initiated by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health (DoH), to highlight the importance of regular STI testing.
This website focuses on the health of migrant and refugee communities.
STI Testing Week 2021 |October 17-23
TALK. TEST. TREAT: to stay safe, healthy and STI free
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 get an STI without knowing it.
Rates of STI cases in Victoria continue to increase with the highest number of notified STI cases in 2019 since records began in 1991. To address this increase, especially in syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and HIV, the
Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS) has been engaged to lead the 2021 state-wide campaign for STI Testing Week for migrant and refugee communities across Victoria.
We created this website to increase awareness of STIs among migrant and refugee communities, to:
- Normalise STI testing as part of one’s general health maintenance.
- Reduce stigma by normalising sexual health testing and treatment, for all STIs including syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, and HIV.
- Promote and encourage ACTION through the 3 x Talk, Test & Treat messages in a culturally competent
Our approach focuses on reinforcing and increasing awareness of STIs and testing, to drive both:
- Attitude – awareness of one’s own sexual health & potential risk and ability to talk about STI’s
- Behaviour change – STI testing as per guideline recommendations eg. annual check up
- Health Knowledge – where to seek treatment for STIs and stick to full course of treatment
Thank you for promoting STI Testing Week to the communities you work with.
ABOUT The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) https://www.ceh.org.au/
CEH 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.
Multicultural Health & Support Service (MHSS): https://www.ceh.org.au/multicultural-health-support-service/
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