Brophy/Headspace intake worker Katrina Field awaits the premiere of a short film about STIs.WARRNAMBOOL’S Brophy Family and Youth Services plans to give sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) the flick with a new short film.
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Designed by local youth group Youth United Making Change against Homophobic Attitudes (YUMCHA), Share Love, Not Bugs will be launched on Monday.

Using a grant from Family Planning Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, the four-and-a-half minute film looks at how easy it can be to test for STIs.

Support worker Jackie Wallis said the project drew information from an article published in The Standard last year which stated that the Moyne Shire and Warrnambool areas were ranked 11th and 12th of 52 local government areas in terms of STI rates.

“The film has an educational theme, it shows how easy it is to get tested,” she told The Standard.

“It’s from a first-person perspective, it shows the camera coming in through Brophy. I think most people are aware that STIs are a problem … but there is not as much awareness of how easy it is to be tested and cured.”

Ms Wallis, who works with same sex-attracted people, said 12 YUMCHA members had filmed the project on site with Brophy and Headspace staff who worked in the health field.

“It shows how devastating STIs like chlamydia can be to a young person,” Ms Wallis said.

“There is a huge problem with infertility in females.

“It does affect some males as well, it’s not just girls and women who need to be tested.

“But it tells you that and this is a line from the film ‘two pills can cure your ills in seven days’.”

She said the film was part of Brophy’s goal to remove discrimination from the Warrnambool area and try to weaken the stigma attached to STIs.

“Anybody can get them from the first time they have sex, they don’t have to have multiple partners. STIs are on the increase so it is important to practise safer sex.”

As well as community and health organisations, the film is to be shown in high schools around the district with a series of trivia questions for students.

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