Journal article

Correlates of sexually transmissible infection testing among a sample of at-risk young Australians

Caitlin H Douglass, Alyce M Vella, Margaret E Hellard, Megan SC Lim

Australian Journal of Primary Health | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2017


Annual chlamydia testing is recommended for all sexually active Australians aged 15-29 years; however, the testing rate is below recommended levels. Three surveys at a Melbourne music festival were conducted over 2012-14 to identify correlates of sexually transmissible infection (STI) testing among young people at risk of STIs. In total, 3588 participants were recruited; 72% reported having sex in the past year. Based on sexual behaviours, 38% of sexually active participants were classified as at risk of contracting STIs. In the past year, at-risk participants had significantly higher odds of reporting a STI test (37%) than participants classified as not at risk (24%) (OR=1.9; CI=1.6-2.3). A..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Anna Bowring, Timothy Yeung, Elise Carrotte and Chloe Robson contributed to project implementation and data collection. The authors acknowledge and thank the research team, recruiters and participants involved and the assistance from Big Day Out and Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS staff. The project was funded by the Burnet Institute. Megan Lim was supported by a NHMRC Early Career Fellowship and an Australian Government Department of Health Preventive Research Fellowship. Margaret Hellard is supported by a NHMRC Principal Research Fellowship. The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Victorian Operational Infrastructure Support Program received by the Burnet Institute.