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Sexual health program



Sexual health, in particular sexually transmitted infection (STI) control, is an important program for Nganampa Health Council. This program seeks to reduce the prevalence of, and complications arising from, STIs in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in far north west South Australia.

Maintaining data on the testing, treatment, and contact tracing of STIs forms one component of the program. This data assists with evaluating the efficacy of interventions and in the case management of STIs.

Another component of the program is the annual STI screen for chlamydia and gonorrhoea which is offered to anyone aged 14 to 40 years who is identified on the population database as present on APY Lands for a minimum of three months per year. Screening for syphilis and HIV may also be offered to some individuals.

Other asepcts of the program include free condom distribution through after hour dispensers, availability of appropriate equipment to prevent blood-borne virus transmission, and school-based sexual health education.



Alice Springs Office
3 Wilkinson Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 2232
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8952 5300
Fax: (08) 8952 2299

Umuwa Office
Ph: (08) 8954 9040
Fax: (08) 8956 7850


Last updated: 25 November 2010
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