‘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.’
We fund and support 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 literacy about sexual health and sexually transmissible infections
- 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.
Victorian sexual and reproductive health and viral hepatitis strategy 2022–30
The strategy sets the overarching direction for sexual and reproductive health and viral hepatitis prevention, screening/testing, treatment and care in Victoria.
Policy and legislation for sexual and reproductive health and viral hepatitis
The department works with key stakeholders to implement national and Victorian strategies and legislation to encourage sexual health and the management of blood borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.
Primary health networks and health pathways
Health Pathways provides clinicians with a single website to access clinical referral pathways and resources.
Programs and services for sexual health, viral hepatitis and HIV.
The department works with stakeholders to provide sexual health and viral hepatitis programs and services including health promotion, screening and diagnosis, and research.
Resources for sexual health and viral hepatitis
Assistance is available for health services to promote good sexual health practices and for the management of blood-borne viruses and sexually transmitted infections.
Reviewed 28 September 2023