Journal article

Knowledge about and experience of sexually transmissible infections in a representative sample of adults: the Second Australian Study of Health and Relationships

Andrew E Grulich, Richard O de Visser, Paul B Badcock, Anthony MA Smith, Juliet Richters, Chris Rissel, Judy M Simpson



UNLABELLED: Background Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) present a substantial public health burden, and are related to modifiable sexual behaviours. METHODS: Computer-assisted telephone interviews were completed by a population-representative sample of 20 094 men and women aged 16-69 years. The overall participation rate among eligible people was 66.2%. Respondents were asked questions regarding their knowledge about, self-reported history of, and testing for STIs. RESULTS: STI knowledge was better in women, the young, people of higher socioeconomic status, those with a variety of indicators of being at high STI risk and those with a history of receiving sex education in school. Appr..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (grant number: 1002174). We are indebted to David Shellard and the staff of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation for managing data collection and undertaking the interviews for this study; and to the Social Research Centre for producing weights for the data. We also thank the 20 094 Australians who took part in the two phases of the project and so freely shared the sometimes intimate aspects of their lives. Professor Smith died during the course of this project and we intend this work to be a tribute and further example of the extraordinary contribution his work has made to the sexual health and wellbeing of Australians.