This review of qualitative research examining young Indigenous Australians’ sexual health highlights the profoundly social nature of young people’s sexual lives. The review identified factors which are conducive to sexual health risks and vulnerability, including incomplete knowledge about STIs and safer sexual practices; gossip and ridicule concerning sexual activity and its consequences; damaging expectations about male prerogatives with respect to sexual relationships; limited intergenerational communication about sexual health issues; inadequate school-based sexual health education; and tensions between Indigenous and biomedical explanations of sexual health issues.
Bell S, Aggleton P, Ward J, Maher L, Sexual agency, risk and vulnerability: a scoping review of young Indigenous Australians’ sexual health, 2017, Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 20, Iss. 9.