On Monday, Health Minister Dan Dittrich announced that the Government will soon be introducing a hymen program, in the hope of reducing the number of young women experiencing the painful and life-threatening complications of HIV infection.
“This program will be rolled out nationally in the coming months, with targeted interventions aimed at young women, and young men who are sexually active,” he said in a statement.
The announcement follows reports that young people in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales are now reporting significant health problems after they experience HIV infection and are experiencing difficulties in sex.
“Our first priority is ensuring that all young people are fully protected from HIV, but we also recognise the impact that the HIV pandemic has had on our communities,” Mr Dittrock said.
“While we recognise there is no single solution to HIV, we are working closely with our community partners, government, and other health professionals to address the underlying causes of these problems.”
We will continue to work with community partners and community health professionals in partnership to identify ways to reduce the impact of the HIV crisis on young people.
“The Minister said the Government was working to ensure the introduction of the program was safe and effective.”
The Minister is committed to providing the best possible care for young people and their families and we will continue our commitment to make sure this happens,” he added.
In January, New South Welsh Health Minister Paul Hamilton told Parliament that a lack of support for young women in the community meant young men were at increased risk of contracting HIV.”
If you have unprotected sex, if you’ve got a boyfriend, or you’re sexually active, it’s very much on the increase,” Mr Hamilton said.”[We] need to work together with community health services to ensure that young men have access to treatment and the care they need.
“Mr Dittridge said the program would also target young men in Sydney.”
I believe that we can make this program work,” he told News24.”
Young men who have been in contact with young women will be able to access their treatment and treatment is available for them, but young men of the same age who are in a sexual relationship will not be able.
“The program will begin in the states in August, and will be expanded nationally in October.