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Young Australians and sexual health
May 2014
This briefing offers an overview of current knowledge about rates and transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), gonorrhoea, chlamydia and human papilloma virus (HPV) among Australians aged 12 to 24 and considers the role of education and social marketing in reducing the prevalence of STIs. In so doing, it acknowledges, and is mindful of, the interrelationship between physical, mental and social wellbeing fundamental to the World Health Organization’s definition of sexual health.
Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
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