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8th of February 2016
For immediate release
SpunOut launches Safer Sex, spreading the word about just how easy it is to get tested and encouraging conversation on consent.
We want our Safer Sex campaign to positively impact attitudes and behaviours in relation to sexual practices. Our campaign will highlight just how easy it is to get tested. The campaign will educate young people on where to get tested, and on the practicalities of how this will work. Our online articles address concerns and anxieties that people might have about testing.
Research* shows that many young people believe they do not need an STI screening and feel that there is still a stigma surrounding getting tested. But the truth is - every sexually active person should receive an STI screening. Our message this year is that STI testing should be perceived as a regular, practical component of responsible sexual practice.
We have produced online fact sheets on STIs available at SpunOut.ie/GetTested. Readers can also gain access to accurate reliable information of where to access sexual health screenings, including a list of free clinics.
In association with the USI, SpunOut.ie will be taking part in sexual health take over days on campuses around the country including; NCI, IADT, GMIT, IT Carlow, DKIT & NUIG. The sexual health takeover days will contribute to the continued normalisation and de-stigmatisation of STI screening among students.
As part of our Safer Sex campaign, we want to start a meaningful conversation around the importance of consent.
A 2013 report by the Rape Crisis Network, demonstrates that there is significant confusion and misunderstanding over what actually constitutes consent, sexual assault and rape amongst young people.
There are still significant misunderstandings on the meaning of consent. We are encouraging young people to reflect and consider how they think about consent. We have produced a video in which young people discuss what their understanding of consent is. It can be viewed on SpunOut.ie
As part of our Safer Sex campaign we have created new online content ensuring that our audience is aware of the support organisations and information available, should they need additional support in relation to the subject.
For more information please contact:
Claire O’Dowd, Communications Officer
Note to Editors:
SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website by young people, for young people. We provide easy access to relevant, reliable, supportive, and non-judgemental information in order to assist informed decision-making amongst 16 - 25 year olds.
*A joint report by RCSI, HSE and NUIG reports that another significant barrier in accessing STI screening services was the stigma associated with STIs.