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The recently released Australian Youth Development Index (YDI) report, which looks at how young people are doing in 2016, threw up some interesting results.

On the one hand, we saw improvements across most of Australia, which caused our overall Youth Development Index to rise – allowing us to maintain our place as one of the world’s best countries for young people.

On the other hand, one of the key YDI indicators, Health and Wellbeing, was down. A rise in chlamydia infection rates was one of the main culprits for this.

So why might STIs be to blame for the decline in youth health, and what does that mean for the future?

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