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# sexual health

This year
Call to consider including advice for over-40s in new sexual health strategy
An independent review has made 32 recommendations on how to advance Ireland’s sexual health and wellbeing.
Last year
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.
'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.
Over 700 GPs still waiting for free contraception contracts to be finalised
The scheme was opened to women aged 17 to 25 last month.
HSE launches free home testing for STIs
The test kits are available to people aged 17 or over and are delivered by post.
All time
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: I think my boyfriend gave me an STI but he won't admit it
It’s that time of the week.
Quitting contraception: why women are throwing out the pill
And why we should investigate our options first.
'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.
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.
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.
'Students can't travel to Dublin or Galway for an STI test'
There is no clinic within an hour of the Midlands.
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.
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.
Listerine can help kill off gonorrhoea says new study
The mouthwash may have “serious public health implications” in controlling gonorrhoea say researchers.
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
The HSE vaccinates thousands of schoolgirls against the virus each year.
Students at NUI Galway are getting an STI clinic
Rates of STIs in Ireland are highest among under-25s.
Super-gonorrhoea is a thing in England and it could become untreatable
The outbreak was first seen in Leeds.
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.
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.
Complaint that Ireland AM showed condom being put onto model of erect penis
The complainant said it was “completely inappropriate”.
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.
How many times a week? Sex in Ireland by the numbers
The facts (and figures) of life.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
'Once you say you're HIV positive, you can't take it back'
HIV in Ireland: screening, stigma and support
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.
World leaders called to support women's basic sexual rights
A campaign will see events taking place in 172 countries worldwide.
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.
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’.
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.