This summer the CaddyShack mobile Chlamydia screening program will be visiting beaches and parks down the Illawarra and Shoalhaven coast.
The youth focused program aims to raise awareness of sexual health and will be offering free check-ups on site for Chlamydia – a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that’s on the rise in young people.
There were over 82,000 notifications of Chlamydia infection in Australia in 2012, which health experts suggest is just the tip of the iceberg. It is likely there are 5 times as many more Australians with undiagnosed Chlamydia, who may be at increased risk of infertility and other reproductive health problems. Estimates project that as many as one in 20 young Australians between the ages of 15 and 24 have Chlamydia.
Chlamydia is a bacterial STI that often has no symptoms, so the only way to know for sure if you have it is to get a check-up.
CaddyShack goes to where young people hang out and lets young people know it’s easy to test for and easy to treat.
The CaddyShack Summer Tour dates are:
- North Wollongong Beach 13th December
- Thirroul Beach 10th January
- Shellharbour Beach 17th January
- Minnamurra Beach 24th January
- Marriot Park, Nowra 14th February
- Ulladulla Beach 28th February.
Caddyshack is a collaborative initiative between Healthy Cities Illawarra, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Sexual Health Service, the HIV & Related Programs Unit(HARP) and local youth services. It is our intention to improve the sexual health and well-being of young people in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven in a fun, interactive, youth friendly way.
For more information please contact Marty – Marty.Janssen@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au