'Going somewhere?' overseas-acquired STIs campaign

This campaign was launched on World AIDS Day on 1 December 2019 to raise awareness of the importance of STI (HealthyWA) prevention and testing to heterosexual male travellers over 45 years of age.

While the number of HIV (HealthyWA) notifications in men who have sex with men continues to decrease in Western Australia, cases in heterosexual men are on the rise. A large proportion of these cases were middle-aged men who had contracted HIV in Southeast Asia.

This campaign also targets exposure to other STIs including drug-resistant gonorrhoea and syphilis.

Men travelling to Southeast Asia, and other regions where HIV is prevalent, should ask a GP about HIV prevention medication – pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – and use condoms while they are away.

Anyone who has had unprotected sex while travelling should visit a GP or sexual health clinic for an STI test when they return home.

For more information see www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/travelhealth

  • Raise awareness of the importance of HIV and STI prevention and testing to heterosexual male travellers over 45 years of age.
Key Messages
  1. STIs, including HIV, are common overseas.
  2. Men travelling overseas to South East Asia and other regions of high prevalence of HIV, should practise safe sex while they are away.
  3. Pack condoms and ask a GP about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV before travelling.
  4. Anyone who has had sex while travelling should see a GP or sexual health clinic for an STI test.

Target audience
  • Heterosexual male travellers over 45 years of age

2019/20 – the campaign is appearing in bursts online, and in press and outdoor advertising.

Campaign materials

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Digital/social media posts

Contact us

The campaign is coordinated by the Sexual Health Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) program team in conjunction with the Communications Directorate.

Contact us if you need further information or materials in alternative formats.

Email: communications@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 29-11-2019