Youth Week 2017 will run from March 31 to April 9, and the sexual health is in the spotlight.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) is inviting young people to attend events across western Sydney.
- Youth Week Launch at Village Green, Blacktown: 30th March, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
- Youth Week Finale at Dawson Mall, Mouth Druitt: 6th April, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
- Futsal tournament at Emerton Leisure Centre: 19th April, all day
- Distribution of resource kits to 10 local youth services
Youth Week is also an opportunity for WLSHD to educate young people about the importance of sexual health.
Ashley Ubrihien, Manager at the HIV and Related Programs Unit said sexual health is an essential but sometimes overlooked part of being a healthy young person.
“The rates of the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia are high among young people. Youth Week provides an opportunity to join people, talk openly about the importance of sexual health and where they can get confidential advice and sexual health check-up in their local area,” Mr Ubrihien said.
STIs are prevented by practicing safe sex, using condoms and water-based lube.
For those who haven’t always had safe sex, testing and treatment is available – contact your local GP or the NSW Sexual Health Infolink www.shil.nsw.gov.au on: 1800 451 624 for information about your local Sexual Health Clinic.
Youth Week is a partnership between NSW Health and Family and Community Services.
For everything you need to know about safe sex, condoms, STI treatment and testing go to: Play Safe www.playsafe.health.nsw.gov.au.
Activities for Youth Week 2017 can also be found on local Council websites or at: www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au