Following the overwhelming success of the first series, the second series of the ABCs of safe sex for Indian communities has been launched to address concerns, problems, and doubts about sex lives.
With the help of sexual health professionals from Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and Sydney University, the new series takes an in-depth look at all things sexual health in order to promote and educate the Indian community on the do’s and don’ts of sexual interactions.
The University of Sydney sexology lecturer Dr Vijayasarathi Ramanathan said as the Indian community in western Sydney continues to expand, it is important to address the topic of sexual health.
“Many people in the Indian community are unaware of sexual health services in Australia and/or are reluctant to seek help,” Dr Vijayasarathi said.
Sexual health can seem scary to think about and awkward to talk about.
“Whether you’re concerned about pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or another issue, it’s normal to feel a huge range of emotions.”
The series is a joint venture between the Western Sydney Local Health District (Multicultural Health, Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre, HARP Unit) and the University of Sydney.
The United India Associations has endorsed the informative series covering:
- Sexual Behaviours by Dr Vijayasarathi Ramanathan, The University of Sydney sexology lecturer
- Accessing help from a GP by Dr Shantini Seelan, General Practitioner Bridgeview Medical Practice
- Contraception and STIs by Carlie Moncrieff, RN Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Accessing help from a GP
Contraception and STIs
“The first series addressed the lack of knowledge in the Indian community, covering topics such as sexual consent and sexually transmitted infections. This series delves further into sexual health and targets the sexual health literacy of the Indian community,” Dr Vijayasarathi said.
Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre is a free, confidential service. It is operated on both an appointment and walk-in system, and patients may be self-referred or clinician-referred.
The multidisciplinary sexual health team consists of specialist sexual health physicians and junior medical staff, specialist nurses, social workers, psychologists and pharmacists.
For any sexual health-related queries, please visit Western Sydney Sexual Health centre website here.
For access to evidence-based information on all aspects of HIV, STI and sexual health, call 1800 451 642 or visit the Sexual Health Infolink website.