Let’s Talk About Sex: Young People’s views on sex and sexual health information in Australia

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) and the Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS (YEAH) have released Let’s Talk About Sex: Young People’s views on sex and sexual health information in Australia, a joint report on the results of Let’s Talk About Sex: National Youth Survey.

The survey was a joint partnership between AYAC and YEAH to ensure a national consultation process with young Australians aged 15-29 regarding their opinions, experiences and needs around access to sexual health information and education.

Australia’s young people are facing a sexual health crisis of epidemic scale, with 75% of all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Australia occurring amongst young people, and a 20% increase in the rate of STIs diagnosed amongst people aged 15-29 in the past three years. AYAC and YEAH believe that there is an urgent need to develop an understanding of where young people access information on sexual health they deem relevant, accurate and trustworthy.

In total there were 1,219 responses to the online survey, with an even demographic spread across all states and territories across Australia.

The results of the survey clearly show that, although the clinical, scientific and anatomical approach to sexual health often experienced in the classroom is not satisfactorily meeting the needs of young people, a consistent approach to sex and sexual health information in Australian schools is overwhelmingly supported and expected, with no respondents saying that sexual health should not be taught within schools.

To read the full report go to:

Let’s Talk About Sex: Young People’s views on sex and sexual health information in Australia report(PDF – 930KB)