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SpunOut.ie launches 'Safer Sex' Sexual Health Awareness Week 2014

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1 December 2014

SpunOut.ie launches 'Safer Sex' Sexual Health Awareness Week 2014

‘Tis the season to #GetTested14

SpunOut.ie, Ireland’s youth information website, today launched a ‘Sexual Health Awareness Week 2014’ running from December 1-5. Today (Monday) is also World AIDS Day.

The campaign aims to normalise regular STI testing among young people who are sexually active and encourages them to go for a full sexual health screening before Christmas.

Statistics from 2013 show the number of people presenting at STI clinics peaked after the festive period in January[1]. Getting tested now will help catch undiagnosed STIs, allow for treatment and reduce the risk of further transmission.

As part of the drive to encourage testing, SpunOut.ie have created a number of new information resources, including a video produced in conjunction with St. James’ Sexual Health Clinic explaining the STI screening process to highlight how simple, pain free and important it is to get tested.

SpunOut.ie have also created a database of every free STI screening service in Ireland, making it easier for young people to know where they can get tested.

As part of the campaign, outreach events will also take place at the following locations this week:

●      Tuesday, December 2nd - Trinity College, Dublin

●      Wednesday, December 3rd - IT Carlow

●      Thursday, December 4th - DCU

●      Friday, December 5th - UCC

www.SpunOut.ie/GetTested

[1] Irish Examiner, January 11th, 2014 http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/christmas-flings-lead-to-spike-in-sti-worries-254969.html