Aboriginal sexual health and blood-borne viruses

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs) disproportionately affect the Aboriginal population in Western Australia.

Information, resources and training related to STIs and BBVs are available for health providers working with Aboriginal clients.

Consumer resources

The following leaflets provide information for Aboriginal people about a range of issues and conditions:

Mental Health Commission

The Mental Health Commission (external site) offers a range of culturally secure resources for Aboriginal people.  These resources cover topics including:
  • ‘Injecting drug use – Never share’
  • ‘Understanding hepatitis C – what our people need to know’
  • ‘Taking care – a guide to managing hepatitis C’. 

Get the Facts

Get the Facts (external site) is a culturally inclusive website that gives young people in WA advice and accurate information on relationships and safer sex.

Promotional leaflets (PDF 1.68MB) are available to print or email an order to help raise awareness of this site.

Let them know

Let them know (external site) helps people who have been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma genitalium, syphilis and trichomonas to tell their sexual partners that they might also be at risk.

Let's Yarn

Let’s Yarn (external site) is a website for health providers, educators and parents with tips for how to talk to kids about relationships and sex.

Health provider resources

Sexual health orientation manual for endemic regions

This orientation manual focuses on issues related to sexual health and clinical practice in rural and remote areas of WA, including the Pilbara, Goldfields and Kimberley regions, where sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are very common. These areas are called endemic regions because STI rates are so high in these areas, and clinical practice needs to take this into account. Email the Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program to obtain a copy of this manual.

WA Endemic Regions STI/HIV Control Supplement

The WA Endemic Regions STI/HIV Control Supplement (external site) to the Guidelines for Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections guides practitioners working in regions of WA where STIs are endemic, namely the Goldfields, Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

Different approaches to prevention, education, testing, treatment and management of STIs and HIV are often required in these areas. The supplement highlights both the similarities and the differences between the three endemic regions.

Silver book – Guidelines for managing sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses

Silver book provides guidelines for clinicians and healthcare providers involved in the diagnosis and/or management of STIs in WA. Silver book promotes the principles of best practice and contains continuously updated evidence-based practice recommendations that are complemented with a range of patient and health professional resources.

Quick Guides to STI testing and STI management

The Quick Guide to STI Testing (565KB) and Quick Guide to STI Management (966KB) are hard copy resources designed to provide evidence-based practice recommendations for the treatment and management of STIs. To order copies please email the Sexual health and Blood-borne Virus Program

What it means to have HIV

This video resource provides important information regarding living with HIV, and is essential viewing particularly for those recently diagnosed, and for people with an interest in understanding how HIV is managed today. Antiretroviral medication has been the cornerstone in transforming the HIV epidemic from an era when a HIV diagnosis meant a diagnosis with a terminal condition, to today, where HIV is regarded as a chronic but manageable condition, typically managed through a simple daily tablet regimen.

As a health professional, this resource can be used as an educational tool to assist patients to understand and manage their condition.

Healthy conversations: yarning about sexual health and blood-borne viruses with your Aboriginal clients

This video resource (external site) outlines ways to broach issues of sexual health and blood-borne viruses with Aboriginal clients in culturally appropriate ways.

Needle and syringe programs

Needle and syringe programs (NSPs) are a public health measure that aim to reduce the transmission of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C by providing sterile injecting equipment to injecting drug users.

Consumer information about needle and syringe programs (Healthy WA) is also available.

Campaign materials

Stay Safe You Mob campaign

The Stay Safe You Mob campaign (2017) promotes safe sex and STI testing among Aboriginal people. 

The poster (PDF 694KB) is available display in clinic waiting rooms and appropriate community spaces. If you would like copies of this poster please email the Sexual Health and Blood-Borne Virus Program.

The Stay Safe You Mob – Wear a condom video and Stay Safe You Mob – Get an STI test video are available to view and share.

Blood-borne Virus (BBV) campaign 

This campaign aims to raise awareness about prevention, treatment and testing options among Aboriginal people at risk of BBVs.

A poster (PDF 7MB) is available to print and display in clinic waiting rooms and appropriate community spaces.

Videos (external site) are also available to view and share with clients.

Training and courses

A range of training and education courses is available to help health workers effectively manage issues of sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses in the community.

More information

Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program

8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 9222 2355
Fax: 9222 0227
Email: SHBBVP@health.wa.gov.au

189 Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004

Postal address:
Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program
Department of Health WA
PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, Perth WA 6849