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25/10/2016

Casey Conway: Gay former NRL player and Indigenous model, becomes face of NT sexual health campaign

Casey Conway represents a triple-threat for organisers of the Northern Territory's latest sexual health campaign as a former national rugby league (NRL) player who is Aboriginal and gay.

The Queenslander agreed to lend his face, and body, to a series of colourful advertisements designed to encourage people in the Top End to take their sexual health seriously.

It is a fun campaign that fronts the disturbing reality that the Northern Territory has the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections in the country.

It is also Conway's latest move to use his public profile to help raise awareness about issues affecting both the gay and aboriginal communities.

He said he only felt comfortable to come out publicly after his career with the Sydney Roosters NRL club was cut short due to injury.

"I guess I tried my hardest to hide it for as long as I could," he said.

"It wasn't until I moved to Sydney and saw that world for myself and was able to meet other gay people that sort of normalised it a bit for me."

Conway currently lives in Brisbane but is uniquely qualified for the NT AIDS and Hepatitis Council's campaign.

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