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Sexual Health and BBV

About the Sexual Health and BBV Team at AHCSA

The AHCSA Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Program works with Aboriginal health services and the broader health sector across South Australia, supporting the prevention and treatment of STIs and BBVs. 

The Program supports ACCHSs and other services working with young Aboriginal people in the promotion of, and improved access to, opportunistic and voluntary sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening for people aged between 16 and 35 years.

The Program is supported by a small but dedicated team, consisting of a Sexual Health Program Coordinator, Clinical Support Officer, STI/BBV Program Coordinator and Sexual Health/BBV Project Officer.

+-Education and Support

The Sexual Health and BBV Program provides education and training to support the provision of high-quality sexual health services in our communities.

We do this through:

  • Clinical support – developing clinical capacity to address the issues of sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses in the South Australian Aboriginal community
  • Taboo or not Taboo – our annual STI and BBV workshop for Aboriginal Health Workforce
  • Sexual Health Module – delivered through AHCSA’s RTO as an elective module in the Certificate IV Aboriginal and/or Primary Health Care Practice
  • Aboriginal Sexual Health Network (ASHN) – bringing together sexual health workforce from across the state to discuss challenges, develop solutions and share learnings
  • Education and training for services – providing individualised training and education to services to address sexual health issues in their communities
  • Community education – supporting the delivery of sexual health education to community groups
  • Health promotion events – promoting sexual health at community events

+-STIs and BBVs

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Team coordinates the annual community six week STI screening period for Aboriginal communities throughout South Australia. 

Based on the successful model delivered by Nganampa Health Council since 1994, the six-week screening period promotes STI screening for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 16-35 years, alongside the promotion of opportunistic testing throughout the year, targeting those who are at higher risk of STI and BBV (re)infection. 

Sexual health promotion/education is prioritised during this period to support the work of ACCHSs during the 6-week screening.

+-Resources

The Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus Program contributes to the development of resources to support the work of the health workforce.

Some of our sexual health resources and campaigns can be viewed below.

+-Other Sexual Health Resources

Adelaide Sexual Health Centre

“Adelaide Sexual Health Centre (formerly Clinic 275) provides a free and confidential specialist sexual health service for South Australia. This includes medical consultations and advice, testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, on-site laboratory testing, partner notification and support, and much more.”

Adelaide Sexual Health Centre

Young Deadly Free

The Young Deadly Free Project offers culturally appropriate web-based resources about STIs and BBVs for young people and other community members. There are also resources to support clinicians.

Young Deadly Free

CARPA Manuals

The CARPA Manuals provide treatment protocols for remote area clinicians. The Sexual Health chapters provide information relating to STI checks, symptoms, management, treatment and education.

CARPA – Men’s Sexual Health

CARPA – Women’s Sexual Health

Better to Know

Developed by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, Better to Know is an Aboriginal-specific, anonymous STI partner notification service.

Better to Know

Australian STI Management Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

“These Guidelines are an online resource for primary health care professionals and provide concise information to support the prevention, testing, diagnosis, management and treatment of STIs for adults and adolescents.”

Australian STI Management Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Safe Communities

South Australian information for people experiencing family violence.

Safe Communities

Hepatitis SA

“Hepatitis SA is a non-profit, community-based organisation that provides information, education and support services to South Australians affected by hepatitis B and hepatitis C. This includes people with hepatitis B or C, their family and friends, and professionals who support them. We also provide hepatitis C and clean needle program (CNP) peer education and support services, and operate a CNP secondary site.”

Hepatitis SA

TTANGO2

“TTANGO2 aims to take the next key steps towards the wider implementation of STI POC testing in high prevalence areas in Australia. Through TTANGO2, STI POC testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, and also trichomonas, on the Cepheid GeneXpert is being implemented in a network of primary health services over a five year period to evaluate the long term uptake, sustainability and impact of STI POC testing in these services.”

TTANGO2

Know Your Options

South Australian website to find help for alcohol and other drug problems. Information is available for people looking for services for themselves, for a friend or family member, or for a patient or client.

Know Your Options

SHINE SA

SHINE SA is a South Australian sexual health service that provides clinical services, counselling, and education and training for professionals.

SHINE SA

Indaba HIV

“This website offers practical information and resources for women living with HIV in South Australia, and for their service providers.”

Indaba HIV

Yarrow Place

“Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service is a service for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. Yarrow Place is part of the Youth Women's Safety and Wellbeing Division of the Women's and Children's Health Network. Yarrow Place provides a free and confidential service for people aged 16 years and over at the time of the sexual assault.”

Yarrow Place

SIN

SIN is a peer organisation, run by sex workers for sex workers, which provides support, education, outreach programs and advocacy to sex workers in South Australia. They also operate a safer sex shop, which sells condoms (external and internal), lubricants, sponges and dams at the cheapest prices in South Australia.

SIN

Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is the Australian national peak organisation representing the state and territory peer-based drug user organisations and issues of national relevance for people with lived experience of drug use. AIVL’s purpose is to advance the health of people who use/have used illicit drugs.

Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League

SAMESH

“SAMESH provides support, education and training about Sexual Health and HIV for men who have sex with men and people living with HIV, as well as services for the broader LGBTQIA+ community, in South Australia.”

SAMESH

SA Pathology Collection Guide

The Pathology Collection Guide is the definitive database for clinicians and healthcare professionals to access SA Pathology test information.

SA Pathology Collection Guide

U And Me Can Stop HIV

“This website provides up-to-date resources on HIV for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and health services across Australia. It is also intended to support health professionals and educators, with information on latest data on HIV among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, key research projects and links to useful online resources.”

U And Me Can Stop HIV