Sexually transmitted disease testing at Falls Festival

Come and see Chvrches - and get tested for STIs - at Falls Fremantle. Photo: Getty
Come and see Chvrches - and get tested for STIs - at Falls Fremantle. Photo: Getty

A SEXUALLY transmitted infection (STI) test is will be available to young West Australian music lovers this summer.

In a new initiative designed to reduce rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea among the high-risk age group, the Department of Health will provide free on-site testing for the two sexually transmitted infections at the Falls Festival in Fremantle on January 5 and 6, 2019.

Health Minister Roger Cook revealed that testing would be available at a special ‘pampering facility’ that will be set up for the duration of the two-day event.

It will involve providing a small urine sample that will be sent off site for pathology.

Festival goers who get tested will be rewarded with refreshments, free condoms and access to superior toilets.

Chlamydia is the most common STI in WA and the most notified of all the notifiable infections in the State – on average 11,640 cases are reported each year.

 “The McGowan Government is committed to actions that prevent illness and disease and these two initiatives seek to do just that through a novel and targeted approach,” Health Minister Roger Cook said.

“Sexually transmitted infections are a serious public health concern and young people are a high-risk group.

That is why it is vital they are encouraged to feel comfortable about using condoms and getting tested for STIs. These campaigns seek to normalise these practices.

“The festival initiative is a great way for young people to have fun and look after their health at the same time. I would encourage any young person attending the festival to consider taking a few minutes to get tested.”