Sexual Health

June 2009

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Sexual health

Volume 38, No.6, June 2009 Pages 379-379

Christopher Harrison

Janice Charles

Helena Britt

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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