Surveillance of STI risk behaviour among young people attending a music festival in Australia, 2005–08
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal Compilation © 2009 Public Health Association of Australia
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 33, Issue 5, pages 482–484, October 2009
How to Cite
Lim, M. S.C., Hellard, M. E., Aitken, C. K. and Hocking, J. S. (2009), Surveillance of STI risk behaviour among young people attending a music festival in Australia, 2005–08. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 33: 482–484. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2009.00434.x
- Issue published online: 6 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2009
- Submitted: July 2008 Revision requested: February 2009 Accepted: June 2009
- Sexual behaviour;
- sexual health;
- sexually transmitted infections;
- music festival;
Objective: To explain rising rates of sexually transmitted infections it is necessary to monitor trends among high risk groups, such as youth. Surveillance of risk behaviours and testing among a variety of populations in different settings is required. We monitored self-reported sexual behaviour among music festival attendees.
Methods: Cross-sectional studies of young people's behaviour were conducted annually at a music festival between 2005 and 2008 using self-administered questionnaires. Logistic regression, adjusted for age and gender, determined trends in risk behaviours.
Results: More than 5,000 questionnaires were completed. The proportion reporting multiple sexual partners in the past year remained stable from 2005 to 2008 and condom use with these partners increased. Reporting a new sexual partner in the past three months decreased, while condom use with new partners increased. Reporting a casual sexual partner increased and condom use with casual partners remained stable. Reporting a recent STI test increased from 23% in 2006 to 32% in 2008.
Conclusions and Implications: Despite increases in STI notifications, most risk behaviours are decreasing in this group, possibly as a function of increased STI testing. Music festivals are a useful setting for monitoring behaviour trends within a sub-population of young people at relatively high risk of STIs.