$5 million plan to tackle Queensland's sexual health

QUEENSLAND will become the first state in the nation to develop a sexual health strategy, as it works towards eliminating HIV diagnoses by 2020.

The $5 million plan covers four years and will target HIV, AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis and other diseases related to sexual health, particularly in vulnerable communities.

Speaking at the World STI & HIV Congress and Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference in Brisbane on Wednesday, Health Minister Cameron Dick said notification rates of infectious syphilis in the state's indigenous communities had reached their highest rate in five years "especially among females and young aged 15-24".

"Almost 80 per cent of infectious syphilis notifications in our state's north involve indigenous people, compared to just five per cent in our state's south," he said.

"...That is why I have asked my department to develop a comprehensive strategy, in partnership with the Hospital and Health Services in Far North and North West Queensland, to address current rates of syphilis there."

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