Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week

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Rapid HIV Testing Clinics at NUI Galway Students’ Union SHAG Week


NUI Galway Students’ Union today launched their SHAG Week (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) events which will include free confidential rapid HIV testing with AIDS West. The Rapid HIV Test is remarkable as it gives a HIV result in less than a minute – it is the world’s fastest HIV test. Worryingly the numbers of new diagnoses of HIV in Ireland have increased by 35% since 2011. Early diagnosis is also key, as HIV is often transmitted by people who are unaware that they are HIV Positive. The World Health Organisation estimates that 30% of people living with HIV do not know their status.


No appointment is necessary and all are welcome to attend the clinics 9.30am-12pm & 1pm-4pm on Monday 12th or Wednesday 14th of February in The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway. Contact AIDS West on 091 566 266 or email info@aidswest.ie to find out more or to book an appointment if you prefer.


Other free events during the week include a charity comedy hypnotist gig, disclosure training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre, the Dirty Circus and Sex Toy Bingo which is nothing like the bingo your Granny might attend! The free, on campus, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic will have extended hours during SHAG Week. The Students’ Union will also distribute free condoms to all students.


NUI Galway Students’ Union seeks to educate students about safe, consensual sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) campaigns.


Students’ Union Vice-President/Welfare Officer Megan Reilly said: “We are delighted to be working with AIDS West to bring this free and confidential service to campus for the first time. I would encourage people to get tested if they have concerns over their HIV Status. We’re looking forward to working with AIDS West in the future by having more regular testing on campus and also providing information and education.”


Manager of AIDS West, Joe McDonagh added: “We are very grateful that we have received funding from the Galway City Council Health Ireland Pobal Fund, which will allow us to roll out our Free Confidential Rapid HIV Testing service. We are working closely with our colleagues in the Infectious Disease Clinic at University Hospital Galway as we are very aware that there is considerable under detection/reporting of HIV, therefore there is a much greater need for accessible free HIV testing.”



For more information, contact:

Megan Reilly

Vice-President / Welfare Officer

NUI Galway Students’ Union

Ph. 091 493 570 / 086 385 3659


Full timetable of events available here:


Artice by
Joanna Brophy