Chief Minister Katy Gallagher has made our day with news she’s sending Chlamydia screeners to try and clean up Summernats:
Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said today that the Health Directorate will again offer free Chlamydia screening at this year’s Summernats car festival as part of its broader efforts to stamp out the Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI).
2012 marks the third year that the free screening has been provided at Summernats.
“Chlamydia is the most prevalent STI in Australia and currently affects five per cent of sexually active young people in Canberra alone, and if left untreated can lead to infertility,” the Chief Minister said.
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“This screening program aims to increase access to testing and treatment for young people in the Canberra community. Summernats offers a unique opportunity to access a large group of young people in the one location at the one time.
“Offering the testing at events such as Summernats also encourages many people to have a test who might not have otherwise gone to their doctor. It is unobtrusive, confidential and an easy way for people to access clinical staff and health information in relation to their sexual health and wellbeing,” the Chief Minister said.
What other events would benefit from this approach?