‘Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing related to sexuality. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences free of coercion, discrimination and violence’ (World Health Organization).
The Department of Health and Human Services funds and supports a range of local and statewide services for blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections
The key objectives of this work are to:
- reduce the incidence, prevalence and burden of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections
- promote access to prevention, screening, treatment, care and support services
- improve sexual health and viral hepatitis literacy
- reduce stigma and discrimination related to sexual health and blood-borne viruses
- work to strengthen the Victorian response to blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections through integrated service delivery
- drive innovative, contemporary and evidence-based approaches to inform policy and programmatic responses to blood-borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections.