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New videos to fight HIV and STIs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Date posted: 29 November 2017

A series of new animated videos, voiced by young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, have been released to try and tackle HIV and sexually transmitted infections.

Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, officially released the videos, and an accompanying range of social and print media resources, at the launch of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week.

'The theme of this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week is U and me can stop HIV and we know that education and awareness are vitally important in our battle against HIV and STIs,' Minister Wyatt said. 'We have had a variety of media resources available but until now, only a small number have been culturally appropriate for Indigenous people.'

The videos have been developed specifically to counter the shame and stigma that can be associated with HIV.

'In the past 30 years Australia has made progress in reducing the rates of STIs, however, despite advances in testing and treatment we continue to see Indigenous STI and HIV diagnoses on the rise,' said Minister Wyatt. 'The U and me can stop HIV theme of this year’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV Awareness Week is a timely reminder of the need to work together to improve sexual health.'

Please refer to the links below to access the new resources.

Source: Department of Health

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Last updated: 7 December 2017
 
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