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'SHAG' week tackles college sex diseases 30.09.16

THE Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched its online Sexual Health Awareness Guide (SHAG) as a HSE report shows an increase in sexually transmitted diseases among men and women.
The report shows a 22.1% increase in cases of syphilis from 2014 to 2015. Early infectious syphilis diagnoses were 2,290% higher in men than in women with 24 men diagnosed per woman.
There was also an increase in chlamydia with 6,815 reported diagnoses in 2015, up from 6,693 in 2014. There were also a 3.3% increase in genital herpes compared to two years ago.
“We are urging students and young people to look after their sexual health," said USI president Annie Hoey.
“Getting tested is quick, painless and usually free at college health clinics, GUM clinics and sexual health clinics.”
The union, which represents 354,000 students across the island of Ireland, has emphasised that early detection and treatment of STIs is absolutely vital to minimise the possibility of long-term health damage.
More information at shag.usi.ie .
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