Developing an STI Awareness Model for Youth in Northeastern BC
Recently completed research has demonstrated concerns related to the control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among young people in Northeastern BC’s ‘booming’ oil/gas communities. The Northern Health Authority (NHA) and OPTions for Sexual Health (OPT) are new partners in the provision of sexual health services in Northeastern communities. A recent syphilis outbreak has provided the impetus for the NHA and OPT to consider how to develop an awareness campaign to promote STI testing and prevention among young people. As well, oil/gas companies employing Northeastern youth represent an opportunity to broaden the scope of an awareness campaign by reaching out to young workers. In collaboration with the NHA and OPT, a locally tailored STI awareness model that engages young people, health care providers, and oil/gas industry to promote STI testing and prevention in Northeastern BC. Comprehensive ‘action plans’ and ‘industry profiles’ will be produced in collaboration with the NHA/OPT to reflect practical directions for action.