NUI Galway Students’ Union Encourages Students to use free STI Clinic

NUI Galway Students’ Union Encourages Students to use free STI Clinic

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NUI Galway Students’ Union Encourages Students to use free STI Clinic

NUI Galway Students’ Union is encouraging new and returning students to use the free, on campus, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic in the NUI Galway Student Health Unit. The Students’ Union secured funding for the Clinic two years ago and the Clinic is available 5pm-7pm every Tuesday and Wednesday evening by appointment. The STI Clinic will have extended hours during the Union’s SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week campaigns.

The rates of STI’s in Ireland is still greatest among the under 25 age bracket. There are 25 different types of STI’s which include chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and pubic lice. Many people with STI’s do not display symptoms which is why it is so important to get tested regularly if you are sexually active. STI’s can have long term complications such as infertility and can be passed on even when you don’t display any symptoms.

NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections throughout the year by distributing free condoms and running their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week campaigns.

Students’ Union President Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said: “It is vital that sexual health issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly. We are delighted with the uptake at the free STI Clinic so far and encourage all NUI Galway students to use this great facility.”

 

Artice by
Joanna Brophy