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# 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.
'A significant gamechanger': PrEP programme to reduce HIV rates being rolled out from today
The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment is the most recent development in the field of HIV prevention.
First-ever chlamydia vaccine trial offers hope of treating infection 'epidemic'
An early stage clinical trial proved successful but a vaccine will not be on the market anytime soon.
# wake up call
One million new cases of STIs every single day, World Health Organisation says
Dating apps are adding fuel to the fire of complacency when it comes to using protection, the WHO said.
# Safe sex
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.
# chemsex
How one drug can make sex euphoric, but also destroy lives
G is highly addictive and its use in Ireland is becoming more common.
# living with hiv
'My fear was what if the baby had HIV. When I had my daughter, thank god, she was HIV negative'
A new report details concerns Irish mothers had after being diagnosed with HIV.
# England
Man with world's first recorded case of treatment-resistant super-gonorrhoea cured
Drugs that are normally effective in treating the disease didn’t initially work for this man.
# Deep clean
Listerine can help kill off gonorrhoea says new study
The mouthwash may have “serious public health implications” in controlling gonorrhoea say researchers.
# Gonorrhea
University of Limerick working with HSE after 'outbreak' of STIs on campus
There have been 14 cases in UL.
# Safe sex
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
The HSE vaccinates thousands of schoolgirls against the virus each year.
'It's an epidemic': Activists use World Aids Day to warn that the disease continues to spread
There were 273 new HIV diagnoses in the first six months of this year.
# STI Galway
Students at NUI Galway are getting an STI clinic
Rates of STIs in Ireland are highest among under-25s.
Super-gonorrhoea a 'serious threat' in Ireland
The HSE says it’s something they’ve been taking seriously for a long time.
# Pennsylvania
Teacher accused of giving two students the same sexually transmitted disease
25-year-old Chelsea Lorson stands accused of knowingly infecting two of her students, who are brothers.
Men twice as likely as women to get cancers linked to oral sex
Middle aged white men are at particularly high risk compared to other races.
# know your status
Coffee cups in Dublin are going to urge people to get tested for HIV
To date in 2015, 411 new HIV infections have been detected in Ireland – an increase on last year.
# 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.
# swipe right
There's now a 'Tinder' specifically for people carrying an STI
MPWH (Meeting People With Herpes) aims to unite people suffering from the stigma of the virus, for which there is no cure.
# wrap it up
Complaint that Ireland AM showed condom being put onto model of erect penis
The complainant said it was “completely inappropriate”.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you ever been tested for an STI?
Sexual health specialist Dr Aisling Loy says Irish people still have a very unevolved attitude towards sexual health maintenance.
# Sex Week
How many times a week? Sex in Ireland by the numbers
The facts (and figures) of life.
# Safe sex
Teenagers invent a condom that changes colour if you have an STI
It’s all about the molecules.
Increase in men seeking STI testing after Irish Six Nations games
One specialist said he was also expecting a surge in people seeking appointments for STI screening after next week’s Cheltenham Festival.
# Up All Night
Hoping to 'get lucky' over the last big Christmas party weekend? Maybe read this first
STI clinics have seen a spike in ‘panicked’ office workers seeking appointments.
# 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.
# fertility problems
'To discover you can't have children because of an STI you got when younger is just heart-breaking'
Chlamydia is the number one disease affecting a woman’s chance to conceive and it’s on the increase.
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.
# Not Us Sir
Article that blamed chlamydia in New Zealand on Irish builders was "inaccurate"
An article attributed rising sexual disease figures to the presence of Irish builders, but the New Zealand Press Council says that was “discriminatory”.
# 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.
# 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.
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?
# Chlamydia
Levels of chlamydia rise in Dublin
If you’re partying in Dublin this festive season, be warned that chlamydia’s about.
# Your Say
Poll: Should contraception be free?
Research has found that people are having difficulty meeting the costs of contraception. Should Ireland follow the lead of other countries and make all contraception available free of charge?