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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# STIs

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# 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.
# 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.
All time
# 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
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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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
'Students can't travel to Dublin or Galway for an STI test'
There is no clinic within an hour of the Midlands.
# Teenage Kicks
The number of teenage pregnancies in Ireland has fallen by 64% - but STIs are on the rise
Instances of chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes have all increased among young people.
# Safe sex
HPV vaccine will soon be available to gay men
The HSE vaccinates thousands of schoolgirls against the virus each year.
# microtears
People who shave, wax or trim their pubic hair are at a higher risk of catching an STI
A major study found that pubic groomers are 80% more likely to carry an STI – but said it could not conclude that shaving caused the infections.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the 'male pill' will take off?
The 96% effectiveness rate is similar to that achieved by the female combined pill.
# protect yourself
There has been a sharp rise in the number of HIV and syphilis diagnoses amongst gay men
The HSE is urging men to use condoms and get checked regularly.
# germs
Havoc caused by STIs - not true love - is what makes humans mate for life
That’s according to a study which argues that falling population numbers forced a rethink of sexual behaviours.
# Sex
Super-gonorrhoea is a thing in England and it could become untreatable
The outbreak was first seen in Leeds.
# 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
A day in an STI clinic: Peter never got tested because 'he only sleeps with pretty girls'
Dr Aisling Loy tells us about a day in her Dublin clinic.
# got you covered
The HSE is about to buy up half a million condoms
And 200,000 packets of lubricant to boot.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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”.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s talking about Dr Taufiq Al Sattar’s family, our optimistic leaders and Irish people spreading sexual diseases abroad.
Column: Is it still taboo for a woman to carry condoms?
We have superficially become more ‘open’ about sex, but our core beliefs and attitudes haven’t really changed; female sexuality can induce a degree of fear in some people, writes Tony Moore.
# Irish Abroad
Irish in NZ angered by article quoting rates of 'sex-disease' in community
The article quotes stats from a Christchurch sexual health clinic which has given details of appointments by Irish people but not on other nationalities.
# better safe than sorry
Are these the world's best ads for safe sex?
A little bit NSFW, as you might expect.
# home testing kit
Now you can test yourself for STIs in your own home
A new home testing kit for common STIs will cost from €50, compared to the usual cost of €125.
# Sex
Slight drop in STIs - but gonorrhoea at highest figures ever recorded
There were 1,110 cases of gonorrhea in Ireland last year – an increase of one third on the previous year.
# world aids day
Cost of contraception causing some to risk unprotected sex
Ahead of World AIDS Day this Saturday, the Dublin AIDS Alliance is urging people to take greater care of their sexual health.
# Uh oh
Gonorrhoea hits highest rate ever recorded in Ireland
A HSE report has found that the number of STIs in Ireland increased dramatically last year.
# Safety First
VIDEO: New condom campaign launched by HSE
“Johnny’s got you covered.”
# gonorrhoea
WHO warns urgent action needed to prevent spread of 'untreatable' gonorrhoea
The World Health Organisation has warned of the spread of an untreatable strain of gonorrhoea which could potentially effect millions of people.
# STIs
Rise in sexual activity leads to increase in STIs among elderly
Doctors are warning that older people should take just as many precautions as younger people do when having intercourse.
# Oxegen
STIs, dehydration and stomach upsets: Top health dangers for Oxegen
Music and mud might get the most attention but revellers have also been warned to guard against health hazards posed by festivals ahead of Oxegen this weekend.