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# sexual health

Last year
2022
Voices
Opinion: Consent matters whether you've just met or you've been together for years
Dr Caroline West says we know about ‘red flags’ in relation to consent, but it’s worth thinking about ‘green flags’, the signs that work.
# world aids day
'Concerning' rise in HIV and STI cases since last year
There have also been more cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea in the first 11 months of 2022 than in all of 2019.
# free contraception
Over 700 GPs still waiting for free contraception contracts to be finalised
The scheme was opened to women aged 17 to 25 last month.
# sexual health
HSE launches free home testing for STIs
The test kits are available to people aged 17 or over and are delivered by post.
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Voices
Opinion: Education must be at the heart of all efforts to create a culture of consent
Dr Siobhán O’Higgins & Dr Caroline West of the Active* Consent programme in NUI Galway look at what needs to be done to improve our understanding of consent.
# syphilis
Syphilis outbreak partly caused by 'significant restrictions' on access to testing during Covid
The number of cases are exceeding those seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.
# sexual health
Limited access to HIV services during pandemic an ongoing concern for LGBT+ community
Closures and scaledowns of sexual health services have raised issues for HIV prevention and testing.
# gmhs
Closure of PrEP service will 'undoubtedly' have impact on HIV rates, experts warn
Staff from the GMHS have been redeployed to Covid-19 test centres in recent months.
# sexual health
HSE to spend up to half a million on STI home-testing pilot project
The HSE currently provides public STI services through clinics around the country.
# msm
Nine in 10 gay and bisexual men living with HIV are on treatment and cannot transmit the virus
Men living in Ireland are more likely to take drugs than their European counterparts, according to a new survey.
# sexual health
PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out later this year
Rapid testing will be rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.
# dear fifi
Dear Fifi: I think my boyfriend gave me an STI but he won't admit it
It’s that time of the week.
# sexual health
Quitting contraception: why women are throwing out the pill
And why we should investigate our options first.
# 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.
# sex ed
Minister 'shocked' and 'taken aback' at the age Irish children are viewing pornography
A new survey finds that 53% of boys in Ireland first watched porn under the age of 13.
# sexual health
Coveney: 'Sex education isn't about religion. The State must ensure young people get the facts'
He said young people today are exposed to much more explicit forms of pornography and sexual content than any generation before them.
# sexual health
'Students can't travel to Dublin or Galway for an STI test'
There is no clinic within an hour of the Midlands.
Voices
Column: 'Sex resolutions for 2018 to advocate for your own sexual pleasure and health'
Every one of us needs to have a think about how we can make Ireland a more sexually awesome place for ourselves, and each other, writes Shawna Scott.
# Emergency Contraception
Morning after pill available to all medical card holders without prescription from today
Up until 2011, anyone who needed emergency contraception had to attend a doctor in order to get a prescription.
# Deep clean
Listerine can help kill off gonorrhoea says new study
The mouthwash may have “serious public health implications” in controlling gonorrhoea say researchers.
# Safe sex
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
The HSE vaccinates thousands of schoolgirls against the virus each year.
# STI Galway
Students at NUI Galway are getting an STI clinic
Rates of STIs in Ireland are highest among under-25s.
# Sex
Super-gonorrhoea is a thing in England and it could become untreatable
The outbreak was first seen in Leeds.
# Latin America
Sexual health group targeted for helping a 10-year-old rape survivor seek an abortion
A new report from Amnesty International looks at the treatment of those advocating for safe abortions and sexual health across Latin America.
# let's talk about sex
Here's how the government is going to help people have safer sex
A whopping 60% of Irish people have never been tested for a sexually transmitted disease.
# wrap it up
Complaint that Ireland AM showed condom being put onto model of erect penis
The complainant said it was “completely inappropriate”.
# catch on
Too embarrassed to see a doc? Now you can test for almost any STI from your bedroom
Now you really have no excuse not to get checked out.
# Sex Week
How many times a week? Sex in Ireland by the numbers
The facts (and figures) of life.
# get tested
Worried you might have an STI? More people are going online to get tested
The most popular age group turning to online testing are people in their twenties.
# Rubber Bandits
Here's what a condom has to go through to be endorsed by the UN
On a related note, the median duration of sex is 7.3 minutes. So now you know.
# sexual health
Women need more contraception options to stop unintended pregnancies, HIV and STIs
Approximately 80 million unintended pregnancies occur every year as a result of contraceptive failure and not using any form of contraception.
# the birds and the bees
'Sex didn’t exist until the Late Late show': Can Irish people talk about intimacy?
A conference taking place in Cork this weekend aims to start a public discussion on sexual wellbeing.
# 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.
# Dublin Aids Alliance
'Once you say you're HIV positive, you can't take it back'
HIV in Ireland: screening, stigma and support
# sexual health
More gay men are seeking STI testing and advice
One in five of those tested at the Gay Men’s Health Service clinic in Dublin last year received a diagnosis.
# I Decide
World leaders called to support women's basic sexual rights
A campaign will see events taking place in 172 countries worldwide.
Voices
Video column: Have you ever been tested for an STI?
Katie Varvos asks why young Irish people aren’t getting STI tests and she even takes one online.
# 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’.
# Pregnancy
Can a woman's weight affect the success of the morning-after pill?
The EU is to investigate if emergency contraception is less effective in women weighing 80kg or more.
# Irish Family Planning Association
More women seeking post-abortion counselling say IFPA
The Irish Family Planning Association have also reported an increase in STI screenings in its 2012 report.