Over 1,200 Sexual Health Consultations Provided For TUS Students

Free contraception was available to 6,000 people.

Over 1,200 consultations on sexual health were provided to students in TUS Athlone last year.

The Minister for Public Health, Hildegarde Naughton, is visiting the Technological University of the Shannon today, and will be briefed on the impact of its Student Sexual Health Service.

The initiative provides a range of supports, including free contraception, to over 6,000 people on campus.

More than a fifth of students who availed of the service last year, did so in search of contraception, while nearly 8% of those opted for long-acting reversible contraception.

The nurse-led scheme has increased attendance rates for sexual health appointments.

Minister Naughton says campuses across the country should follow the example of TUS Athlone:

She says she's delighted to be at the Campus:

"Sexual health is a key component of overall health and it’s vital that it is promoted within higher educational settings.

The resources and services provided here help prevent against unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, as well as supporting students in developing a responsible approach to their personal health and relationships.

I recognise that the sexual health services available at TUS Athlone are helping to create a campus culture that values and respects the diverse sexual health needs of students, as well as moulding a population that understands the importance of consent, healthy relationships and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.

It responds to clear student demand and it is my hope intention to ensure that high quality services such as this are extended to the wider student population. Work is already underway in reviewing existing sexual health service provision in third-level institutions with a view to developing and enhancing services throughout the country."

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