Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are a significant source of morbidity in Australian communities, which when left untreated can lead to an array of negative health outcomes that include pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, low birth weight, and increased susceptibility to HIV infection. Additionally, increasing rates of STIs means that early identification and prompt treatment are crucial to reducing their burden on public health systems.
State and Territory Surveillance Reports
People who sell sex (sex workers) are considered a priority population in the NSW HIV Strategy 2016 – 2010 and the NSW Sexually Transmissible Infections Strategy 2016 – 2020. While previous Australian research has found generally high rates of condom use among men and women who sell sex, coupled with low rates of infection, monitoring the sexual health of sex workers is a key strategy in evaluating and maintaining these successes. Because sex work can involve a large and diverse number of sexual partners, sex workers have unique health needs and concerns.