Between January 2006 and December 2008, sexual health
problems were managed 2264 times in the BEACH (Bettering
the Evaluation and Care of Health) program at a rate of 781.5
contacts per 100 000 encounters, which extrapolates to about
830 000 times annually across Australia. We examine the
management rate of individual sexual health problems to look
for disparities between the genders.
The problems were split into two subgroups: sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and risk factor/screening management. Patients aged 15–24 and 25–44 years had the highest rate of STI management. Patients aged 15–24 years had the highest rate of screening/risk factor management, followed by those aged 25–44 years (Figure 1).
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