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Let’s Talk About Sex


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Lazaro Kabongo discusses the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland's approach to sexual health education in culturally and linguistically diverse communities, with a focus on engaging young people through the Play Safe soccer project.

This presentation was given at the Under the Baobab African Diaspora Networking Zone at the International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2014.

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Let’s Talk About Sex

  1. 1. Let’s talk about sex Theophil Lazaro Kabongo HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Sexual Health Program Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland
  2. 2. ECCQ  Supports and advocates for the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in Queensland through:  HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis & Sexual Health Program  Chronic Disease Program  Aged care services  Policy development  Community development  Cultural competency training
  3. 3. HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Sexual Health Program activities  Engage community leaders, schools and other organisations  Community education and training (workshops, presentations, individual)  Provide support (group and individual)  Information stalls and other events  World AIDS Day activities  Develop and distribute resources in various languages  Translate resources into new languages
  4. 4. ECCQ approach  Peer education  Understand the culture and community needs  Can access ‘hard to reach’ populations – we are community members, we know where and how to recruit people  Can communicate in our own language and explain things in a way people can understand  More likely to be accepted and trusted than outsiders  More accessible because live among the community  Improves the health literacy of the community
  5. 5. CALD population in Queensland  In 2011, 20.5% of Queenslanders were born outside of Australia  9.8% of Queenslanders speak a language other than English at home  Top ten source countries for humanitarian settlements: Iran, Congo, Afghanistan, Burma, Bhutan,Iraq,Sri Lanka,Somalia,Pakistan,Sudan  In 2013, 681 young people (12-24 years) were resettled in Queensland (31% of total settled)
  6. 6. HIV in Queensland  In 2012, there were 206 new diagnoses of HIV in Queensland Number of new diagnoses in Queensland, 2008-2012  Of the people diagnosed with HIV between 2008 - 2012 in Queensland, 6.6% were born in Sub-Saharan Africa 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 HIV 166 182 205 195 206 AIDS 18 21 2 28 21
  7. 7. Community perspectives of HIV  HIV is not a big issue in Australia because:  everyone gets a health screening before they come  people don’t look sick  public campaigns are not as visible as back home – posters, billboards, advertisements  Many people only go to doctors when they are sick – regular check ups are not a priority  Talking about sex is taboo  There’s no such thing as homosexuality in our culture  Having faith in God can cure you from HIV
  8. 8. Issues facing young people  Relatively high rates of STIs and teenage pregnancies  Difficulties in talking to their parents about sexual health  Attending workshops or clinics indicate they are sexually active  Divisions in the community
  9. 9. “Parents say that the youth are not listening to what they say, they tend to take advice from outside the family. Parents are not respected due to their limited education. Youth are taking in the western culture more than their parents’ culture. It breaks their parents’ hearts.” “Young people say that their parents don’t understand their feelings. There’s a lack of trust in the parents and whatever they say.” - Bilingual Health Worker, South Sudanese community
  10. 10. Engaging young people  They like to be active  Go to where they like to meet  Use churches to reach young people  Build trust and provide support  Be involved in their activities
  11. 11. Play Safe Soccer Project  Uses soccer to promote safe sex among African teams  Covers: STI testing and treatment, traveling overseas, HIV transmission, testing and the law, and support for PLHIV  Opportunity to engage with coaches, teams, spectators  In 2013 worked with 10 teams and over 230 young people in Brisbane, Logan, Redbank Plains and Toowoomba  Developed resources – soccer balls and bags  Future plans:  Offer HIV testing  Organise a competition amongst teams
  12. 12. Ongoing challenges  Expectation of providing equipment, uniforms, food and transport  Commitment of the coaches  Delivering sessions outside – short, distractions, taking time away from playing  Need to think about appropriate incentives
  13. 13. Play Safe Toowoomba
  14. 14. Q & A Do you have any questions?
  15. 15. Discussion What works in your country or community?
  16. 16. Acknowledgements This program is funded by Queensland Health
  17. 17. Contact Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland 253 Boundary St, West End Q 4101 P: +61 7 3844 9166 F: +61 7 3846 4453