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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# sexual health

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# 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.
Column: An itch, a rash, warts – this makes people get an STI test, but often there are no symptoms
Many STIs are symptomless and can be transmitted through oral sex too, writes Tricia Purcell, who says young people need to be better educated about their sexual health.
Column: What you don’t know about emergency contraception (and why it might hurt you)
Revelations that emergency contraceptives were bring sold without a warning that their effectiveness could be compromised in women of a certain weight underlines the lack of holistic education about contraception and sexual health, writes Alison Begas.
# sexual health
Email and drop-in service to support sexual health in gay community
The Gay Switchboard is also hoping to launch a video chat service next year to encourage younger people who are having issues to get in touch.
# HIV Positive
Undiagnosed HIV rates high in Dublin, widespread testing recommended
A new testing programme at the Mater Hospital diagnosed almost three in every 1,000 people with the HIV infection.
# 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.
# Chlamydia
Reilly: Chlamydia screening programme 'would not be cost-effective'
The minister said it would be difficult to achieve te necessary coverage levels to reduce the reservoir of infection in the Irish population.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# sexual health
Minister questioned on delay in National Health Strategy
Dr James Reilly said that a draft version of the strategy is due in June of this year.
# Philippines
Philippines signs controversial new law easing access to contraception
Philippines legislators passed the landmark law providing government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes, despite strong opposition from the dominant Roman Catholic Church.
Column: Internet porn needs a warning – ‘may hurt your relationship’
When internet porn becomes a feature in a relationship it can bring catastrophic consequences, writes Eithne Bacuzzi.
Column: Why are we getting complacent with our sexual health?
We should know by now that having unprotected sex is not safe, writes Anna Quigley – so why are we engaging in risky sexual behaviour?
# Birth Control
Bishops say new bill is moving Philippines towards legal abortion
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allege the Reproductive Health Bill promotes pre-marital sex and threatens the “moral fibre” of the country.
# savita
In aftermath of Savita death, Richard Branson recalls arrest for selling condoms in Ireland
Branson has called Ireland’s abortion laws “outdated” and called for them to be changed.
# sexual health
Ireland 'performing well' in areas of sexual and reproductive health
However, in terms of contraceptive use, Ireland is still not quite hitting the average for developed countries.
# marie stopes
Protest expected over opening of Belfast Marie Stopes clinic today
Marie Stopes International has asked its supporters not to counter-protest.
# Belfast
'Don't counter-demonstrate in Belfast', Marie Stopes International urges
The organisation is to open its Belfast clinic on Thursday, and is expecting planned protests – but asks people not to counter-protest, to ensure public safety.
# Abortion
First private abortion clinic to open in Northern Ireland
The sexual health and abortion clinic is to open in Belfast and will be run by Marie Stopes.
# fifty shades
Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired sex festival begins in Dublin
The book has sold tens of thousands of copies. And now the festival is here…
US regulators approve first daily anti-HIV drug
Truvada, which is designed for use by healthy adults who are at risk of HIV, should be mixed with safe sex and regular testing.
# Condoms
Voters in LA to decide on use of condoms in porn
Adult film actors in LA city are already required to wear condoms, but campaigners want this extended county-wide.
# Here's Johnny
HSE's Johnny hits the town...
The mascot from the new sexual health campaign has been alarming… sorry, meeting… people on the street.
# Workout
Exercise causes orgasms for some women - study
Need a reason to hit the gym? Here’s one…
# sexual health
Three-quarters of students have had unprotected sex: survey
HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme acting director says that 18-24-year-old know the importance of contraception – but fail to use it consistently.
# Relationships
Let's talk about sex: Ireland's first sex festival to be held next month
Bliss Festival will feature presentations and ‘playshops’ on sexual relationships and health.
# sexual health
Sexual healthcare now considered a 'luxury'?
The Dublin Well Woman Centre has seen a significant drop in the number of people attending for STI screening.
# romance romance
Romance novels are 'bad for your sexual health'
Mills & Boon novels have led to unrealistic sexual expectations and break-ups, a psychologist has said.
# Irish Aids Day
Ireland records lowest level of new HIV cases in 10 years
However a report by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre found there continues to be a high level of gay and bisexual men testing positive.
# no sex please
Fewer American teens and young adults are having sex
Comprehensive US study shows the numbers of sexually active teens has dropped – but doesn’t explain why.