New campaign encourages considering sexual health

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THE HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP), HSE Health and Wellbeing, is launching a new sexual health campaign in Limerick in partnership with the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU).

The aim of the campaign is to provide young adults with access to helpful information to support them in safeguarding their sexual health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The campaign involves making sexual health protection packs available in pharmacies nationwide, which include an information leaflet and a free HSE condom.

The leaflet contains information on how to reduce the risk of coronavirus if sexually active and when to consider avoiding sex, contraception, emergency hormonal contraception and condoms, STI testing; PrEP and PEP; and the importance of sexual consent.

The leaflet directs people to www.sexualwellbeing.ie for further information, and advises that they speak to their pharmacist if they have any queries about their sexual health. The campaign is supported by social media messages.

Minister of State for Public Health and Wellbeing, Frank Feighan TD said “The lives of young adults have been particularly disrupted in recent months, and as we all learn to live safely with Covid-19, it is important that people continue to access information and supports to safeguard their sexual health and wellbeing. I am delighted to see the collaboration between the HSE and the IPU, making information readily accessible through pharmacies all over the country.”