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7% increase in STIs in Ireland between 2017 and 2018, new data suggests
The prominent STIs were chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital herpes and syphilis.
# Safe sex
'The worst I've seen yet': Concern as number of HIV and STI diagnoses rise this year
A total of 11,078 STI diagnoses have been reported so far this year.
# Safe sex
Giving women free access to the pill will require a change in the law
As part of this year’s budget talks, the minister plans to increase the availability of free condoms.
# Safe sex
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
The HSE vaccinates thousands of schoolgirls against the virus each year.
# Safe sex
Teenagers invent a condom that changes colour if you have an STI
It’s all about the molecules.
# Safe sex
This school won't teach sex ed, now 20 of its students have chlamydia
The high school handbook instructs the promotion of abstinence over any other behaviour.
# South Africa
Poverty, violence and myths about condoms: What's spreading HIV?
In South Africa, more than 6 million of the country’s 52 million population are HIV positive.
# lets talk about sex
HSE launches new website to tell teens everything they need to know about sex
In a recent survey, young people said what they basically want is to be told the facts without a lecture.
# Safe sex
Uganda tests 'rubber band circumcision' in battle against HIV
The simple device – two plastic rings and an elastic band – cuts off blood supply to the foreskin, which then shrivels and is removed with the band after a week.
# alakazam
Horny Irish students to be dazzled by world's only sexual health magician
As part of the union’s safe sex campaign, students will also be dazzled by the world’s only sexual health magician and can attend workshops by ‘Dr Sex’.
# Blown it
Stolen condoms aren't safe for sex, manufacturer warns thieves
They wouldn’t want children being dragged into the equation now, would they?
# the talk
This condom ad is 'The Talk' you NEVER want to have
Sure you’d never be able to look daddy in the eye again after that. EVER.
# sexual health
Over 1,000 people in Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare have contracted gonorrhoea this year
Rates across the country have risen in the past three years, but the greater Dublin area has been particularly badly hit.
# HIV
Despite protective drugs, no increase in sex risks for partners of HIV-positive
The question of the sexual behaviour of this group is important given current optimism about a possible reversal of the HIV epidemic.
# sexual health
Gonorrhoea cases at an all-time high in Northern Ireland
Cases of gonorrhoea are up one third in Northern Ireland, with over 450 people diagnosed with the disease.
# USA
Porn industry faces huge setback in 'condoms in porn' lawsuit
Judge refuses to allow two actors and porn film-makers to hold off on using condoms while suit is being decided.
# better safe than sorry
Are these the world's best ads for safe sex?
A little bit NSFW, as you might expect.
# home testing kit
Now you can test yourself for STIs in your own home
A new home testing kit for common STIs will cost from €50, compared to the usual cost of €125.
# sexual health
Most people in Ireland have never had a sexual health test
Almost a third of people in a study said they are not concerned about their sexual health.
# Safe sex
Sex after a heart attack? Docs give new guidelines
First scientific statement ever is released on when and how to have sex following a cardiac event.
# Sex
"Dramatic" increase in STIs in Dublin in just 12 months
There has been a 72 per cent increase in the number of cases of genital herpes diagnosed at the Dublin Well Woman Centre.
# Sex
Slight drop in STIs - but gonorrhoea at highest figures ever recorded
There were 1,110 cases of gonorrhea in Ireland last year – an increase of one third on the previous year.
# Infection
9 tips for keeping your body infection-free
Bacteria on your desk at work, viruses passed on by your pets and food-borne illnesses lurking in your fridge – infection is everywhere.
# Safe sex
Free condoms as Dubliners urged to 'Just Carry One'
Free condoms = safe sex, says national youth charity.
# Safety First
VIDEO: New condom campaign launched by HSE
“Johnny’s got you covered.”
# Commonwealth Games
Delhi belly not affecting some athletes' out-of-hours performance
Commonwealth Games organisers are working round the clock to remove condoms from blocked drains.