Dublin AIDS Alliance supports USI SHAG Campaign: 'Whoever you like this Valentine’s Day, love safer sex'
11 February 2013
Dublin AIDS Alliance is supporting the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) campaign which was launched today (Monday 11th February) in UCD.
45,000 SHAG packs will be distributed to college campuses as part of the campaign. The packs contain a Durex condom, a sachet of lubricant and information regarding safer sex and STIs.
Figures from the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) report a 59% increase in STI notifications in Ireland over a 10 year period (2001 to 2011), from 8,300 in 2001 to 13,259 in 2011. Over the last five years, more than two thirds of STI notifications annually were among those aged younger than 30 years.
Susan Donlon of DAA commented: “We are delighted to support USI with promoting a safer sex message among young students. 70% of the reported STI notifications in 2011 were among young people aged under 30, and awareness-raising initiatives such as this are fundamental to promoting a safer sex message that condoms offer the most effective protection against the transmission of HIV and other STIs.”
In support of the USI SHAG campaign, DAA will be attending colleges promoting its current STI prevention social media campaign, Just Carry One, which aims to improve access to condoms and promote the consistent use of condoms among young people.
USI has also launched shag.usi.ie - the first website dedicated to informing third level students about safer sex.
SHAG Fortnight Roadshow:
11th Feb - UCD (Official Launch)
13th Feb - Athlone IT
14th Feb - GMIT
18th Feb - DIT Bolton St
19th Feb – DIT Kevin Street
20th Feb - Limerick IT