Australian STI Statistics Increase in The Past Decade

by Raunchy Republic Manager on June 29, 2012

The Australian Bureau of Statistics website has reported that the rate of Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) has increased over the past decade. While they point to the fact that the increase may simply be a result of more people being tested, the numbers are still alarming. Clearly sexual health and the prevention of STI’s is an ongoing issue that needs constant vigilance and perhaps more awareness advertising campaigns.

The following is worth noting when understanding how these figures are reported:

Several STIs are nationally notifiable diseases. This means state and territory health authorities supply notifications of chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System, and notifications of HIV to the Kirby Institute, all of which serve to collect information relating to diseases of public importance. While genital herpes is not notifiable, it is becoming an infection of increasing significance owing to rising infection rates.

While most Australian’s are exposed to many messages encouraging safe sex practice all too often people take risks. With a little preparation these risks are not necessary so why do people do it? It is easy to point to the risk taking behavior of young people to explain some of the choices they make, how do we explain older people making the same bad choices? OK, so sex is REALLY good, but have you ever had an orgasm worth dying for?

What Are The Most Common Viruses?

In order, the 3 most common STI’s are:

  1. Chlamydia
  2. Gonorrhoea
  3. Syphilis

Chlamydia is seven times more prevalent than Gonorrhoea with 357.3 people infected in every 100,000 people (in Australia). You may think then that then odds of contracting a virus are low however this would be an unsafe assumption. Especially if you are a young adult where these numbers are higher.

People Living With HIV

According to UNAIDS.org there are 20,100 people currently infected with the HIV virus in Australia, with approximately 99 deaths each year as a result. This is incredible. But compare this to say South Africa where there are 5.6 million people with HIV and 314,000 deaths per year from AIDS.

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