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# sexual health

This year
Detoxing from G is '100 times worse than alcohol withdrawal', expert warns
Chemsex – using drugs like G to enhance and prolong sex – has become more common in Ireland in recent years.
GHB or GBL is used socially and for the purposes of chemsex
The drug is highly addictive and its potency varies widely
Every year dozens of people seek help to detox from G at the Club Drugs Clinic in Dublin
70% increase in gonorrhoea cases due to lack of condom use - and better testing
Over 6,700 cases of gonorrhoea were reported in Ireland last year, up from 3,976 in 2022.
Some 6,748 cases of gonorrhoea were reported up to 23 December 2023, compared with 3,976 cases in 2022
The majority of cases reported in Ireland last year (5,200) were among men
Ireland has one of the highest incidence rates of gonorrhoea in Europe
10,000 free home STI kits being ordered every month
Last year
Call to consider including advice for over-40s in new sexual health strategy
All time
Opinion: Consent matters whether you've just met or you've been together for years
Dr Caroline West
'Concerning' rise in HIV and STI cases since last year
Over 700 GPs still waiting for free contraception contracts to be finalised
HSE launches free home testing for STIs
Opinion: Education must be at the heart of all efforts to create a culture of consent
Dr Siobhán O’Higgins & Dr Caroline West
Syphilis outbreak partly caused by 'significant restrictions' on access to testing during Covid
Limited access to HIV services during pandemic an ongoing concern for LGBT+ community
Closure of PrEP service will 'undoubtedly' have impact on HIV rates, experts warn
HSE to spend up to half a million on STI home-testing pilot project
Nine in 10 gay and bisexual men living with HIV are on treatment and cannot transmit the virus
PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates to be rolled out later this year
Dear Fifi: I think my boyfriend gave me an STI but he won't admit it
Quitting contraception: why women are throwing out the pill
'The worst I've seen yet': Concern as number of HIV and STI diagnoses rise this year
Minister 'shocked' and 'taken aback' at the age Irish children are viewing pornography
Coveney: 'Sex education isn't about religion. The State must ensure young people get the facts'
'Students can't travel to Dublin or Galway for an STI test'
Column: 'Sex resolutions for 2018 to advocate for your own sexual pleasure and health'
Shawna Scott
Morning after pill available to all medical card holders without prescription from today
Listerine can help kill off gonorrhoea says new study
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
Students at NUI Galway are getting an STI clinic
Super-gonorrhoea is a thing in England and it could become untreatable
Sexual health group targeted for helping a 10-year-old rape survivor seek an abortion
Here's how the government is going to help people have safer sex
Complaint that Ireland AM showed condom being put onto model of erect penis
Too embarrassed to see a doc? Now you can test for almost any STI from your bedroom
How many times a week? Sex in Ireland by the numbers
Worried you might have an STI? More people are going online to get tested
Here's what a condom has to go through to be endorsed by the UN
Women need more contraception options to stop unintended pregnancies, HIV and STIs
'Sex didn’t exist until the Late Late show': Can Irish people talk about intimacy?
Uganda tests 'rubber band circumcision' in battle against HIV
'Once you say you're HIV positive, you can't take it back'
More gay men are seeking STI testing and advice
World leaders called to support women's basic sexual rights