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He Pukenga Korero: Rangatahi and sexually transmitted infections in the Waikato

18 months
Approved budget:
Dr Jillian Tipene
Health issue:
Reproduction/fertility/sexual health
Proposal type:
Ngā Kanohi Kitea Project Grant
Lay summary
The aim of this research is to generate an evidence base to inform the development of information resources that will facilitate timely access for rangatahi Maori to STI testing and treatment and thereby improve Maori sexual and reproductive health outcomes. In particular, this project seeks to investigate what STI-related information rangatahi Maori in the Waikato require to achieve timely STI testing and treatment. To answer this question, a kaupapa Maori approach will guide the development of focus group interviews with fifty (n = 50) rangatahi from throughout the Waikato and interviews with stakeholder personnel. The proposed research has much potential to inform sexual and reproductive health policy, funding and service delivery. This in turn will contribute to reducing long-standing sexual and reproductive health inequalities for Maori.