Third-level students are being encouraged to get tested regularly for STIs.
HIV Ireland and the Union of Students are launching a joint campaign today, to promote sexual health among college students.
It's part of the EU-wide European Testing Week.
Cases of HIV and other STIs in young people have increased since the beginning of the pandemic.
Lack of opportunities to get tested during the lockdowns and a return to campus life is said to be a big factor.
The USI and HIV Ireland are asking young people to go get tested. If you are not comfortable going to a clinic, at-home testing kits are available.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign, Executive Director of HIV Ireland Stephen O’Hare said:
“Testing, including self-testing, can stop the spread of HIV and other STIs by identifying and treating cases before onward transmission can occur. Self-testing is quick, easy and support is available for anyone who needs it.”
HIV Ireland is making more self-test kits available. You can get one through their MPower portal.
For any questions about your sexual health, check out sexualwellbeing.ie.