Ngā Kanohi Kitea Development Grant

Mr Jordan Waiti
Rangatahi experiences of STI testing and treatment in Waikato
3 months

Lay summary

This research project explores rangatahi Māori perceptions of STI testing and treatment in order to develop an intervention to increase effective testing and treatment in the Waikato. The rationale is the high rates of STIs experienced by young Māori men and women in the Waikato. Untested and untreated STIs significantly affect the self-esteem and well-being of rangatahi Māori as well as causing infertility. Te Puawai Tapu will partner with a Waikato-Tainui affiliated Māori youth health organisation to consult with rangatahi Māori who have tested positive for an STI, as well as consulting with Māori community groups and local sexual health organisations. Using a Kaupapa Māori qualitative methodology, the research will explore rangatahi perceptions of STI testing and treatment, with a focus on service barriers. The intervention will be delivered by sexual health organisations delivering clinical and health promotion services in clinics and schools the Waikato.

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