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This research project was established to address the lack of knowledge surrounding young Indigenous people's understanding, attitudes, and risk behaviours in relation to sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs). Given young Indigenous people have been identified as a priority population in the prevention and control of STIs and BBVs, and the known difficulties associated with engaging this population through health services, it is necessary to obtain such information to inform the development of programs and policies that better target this population.
The National survey of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people regarding knowledge, risk practice, and health service access is a four year project that will be implemented in every state and territory. The aim is to determine levels of knowledge, risk practice, and health service access in relation to STIs and BBVs among Indigenous people aged between 16 and 29 years. The information obtained will be analysed and associations between variables explored. The project also seeks to build the research capacity within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and together with improved understanding and policy development, effect change in these communities.
National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research
The CFI Building
Corner Boundary and West Streets
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9385 0900
Fax: (02) 9385 0920