It’s Your (Love) Life Survey

Project Status: Current
People Involved: Philippe Adam, John de Wit
Research Areas: Sexuality, Health & Education
Funding Agency: NSW Health, Australian Government Department of Health

Periodic survey of sexual health, condom use and testing for STIs among young people

Young people are a key priority population for the prevention and management of sexually transmissible infections (STIs). Building on previous CSRH research on sexual health, a new (online) periodic survey among young people has been initiated in 2015. Called ‘It’s Your Love Life’ (IYLL), the survey will take place annually from 2015 with a focus on sexual health, condom use and testing for STIs. The study has four main objectives: 1) to assess the extent of condom use and STI testing among young people aged 15-29 years in NSW and monitor changes over time in young people’s sexual health related behaviours, 2) to understand barriers and facilitators of condom use and STI testing among young people, 3) to assess young people’s engagement and exposure to a range of intervention components that are part of the NSW Sexual Health Promotion framework, and 4) to evaluate the impact of sexual health programs on young people knowledge, attitudes and behaviours regarding condom use and testing for STIs.

Between December 2015 and March 2016, more than 4,000 young people living in NSW (mean age 20 years, range 15-29) have been recruited from targeted online advertisement on Facebook and Instagram and were invited to complete an online questionnaire. Of the 4,000 participants who accessed the survey, 3,500 provided answers to core behavioural questions on their sexual activity, condom use and testing for STIs that were included in a first survey module called the Snapshot. Also, more than 2,000 participants went beyond the first survey module and provided complete answers to detailed questions on individual, social and structural barriers to condom use and STI testing as well as exposure to major sexual health programs and interventions targeting young people in NSW. The survey will deliver novel data on sexual health among young people, on the extent of exposure to sexual health programs among young people, and on sexual health programs ability to change young people’s sexual health related behaviours. Data and insights generated from the study findings will be used to directly inform the NSW Sexual Health Promotion (SHP) Framework.


Publications

2017: It’s Your Love Life: a new periodic survey on sexual health among young people in NSW
2016: It’s Your Love Life: a new periodic survey on sexual health among young people in NSW