‘Let your partners know’ syphilis awareness campaign

Outbreaks of infectious syphilis are occurring across WA in both regional and metro areas. Syphilis is highly contagious and can be easily spread through intimate contact or unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex.

One way to stop the spread of syphilis is to undertake contact tracing for people that test positive to syphilis and testing and treating their sexual contacts.

This campaign has been developed to to encourage contact tracing for people who test positive to syphilis and ultimately increase syphilis testing and treatment.

If you think you might be at risk, ask your doctor or sexual health provider for a syphilis blood test.

For more information visit couldihaveit.com.au/Stop-the-spread.

Objectives
  1. Increase contact tracing in positive syphilis cases.
  2. Raise awareness about the risk of catching and spreading syphilis.
  3. Increase syphilis testing of target audiences in Western Australia.
  4. Raise awareness amongst health providers about contact tracing for people testing positive for syphilis.
Key messages

Overarching

  • Contact tracing will help stop the spread of syphilis.

To consumers:

  • When you test positive for syphilis, it is important to let your partners know (contact tracing)
  • Contact tracing can be done yourself or confidentially with the help of a health professional.
  • Syphilis is highly contagious and can be easily spread through intimate contact or unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex.

To health providers:

  • Encourage contact tracing for people who test positive for syphilis.
  • Provide assistance with contact tracing for people who test positive for syphilis
Target audience
  1. Men and women aged 16–40 years, in Perth metro and South West.
  2. MSM (16–40) in Perth metro and SW.
  3. Aboriginal people aged 16–40 in Kimberley, Pilbara , Mid West and Goldfields regions.
Timing

December 2020–February 2021

Campaign materials

You are encouraged to download and share these materials to help us reach our target audience and achieve our campaign objectives.

Please be in touch if you need alternative formats and let us know how you are using these materials. Thanks for your support.

Radio

30 second Let your partners know regional radio ad (MP3 554KB)

Poster

Campaign poster – Let your partners know (PDF 2MB) 
 

Digital assets and social media assets

MREC

Let your partners know if you have syphilis (GIF 42KB)  

Social

Let your partners know if you have syphilis (GIF 149KB)  

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: 04-03-2020
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