NUI Galway Students' Union has secured funding for an on campus Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Clinic which will commence operation at the start of the new academic year.
From September, NUI Galway students will be able to get tested for STI’s for free at the clinic which will operate from the Student Health Unit.
Funding for the clinic was secured by the Students’ Union through the University’s Student Projects Fund.
This means the 17,500 NUI Galway students will have easier access and shorter waiting times for STI tests.
Students’ Union President Phelim Kelly stated that NUI Galway Students' Union was, "delighted" with the outcome having secured funding for the STI Clinic on campus.
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 have emphasised that they seek to educate students about safe sex and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections through initiatives such as their Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance campaigns. The Students’ Union also distributes free condoms all year round.
"We aim to encourage students to take a responsible attitude to sexual health and to be comfortable talking about it," Kelly said.
"It is vital that such issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly,” he concluded.
It is vital that such issues are not viewed as embarrassing and that all sexually active students are able to get tested regularly.”