CONTRACEPTION and PREGNANCY
You can get free condoms and lube from the Students’ Union offices in House 6 all year around. Just bring along your student card!
If condoms aren’t your thing, well then fret not! There are many different kinds of contraception. Check out www.thinkcontraception.ie and see what works for you.
If you need someone to talk to, then the welfare officer is always available. If you don’t want to talk to the welfare officer he can put you in contact with people who can help. You can freetext LIST to 50444for a list of services in the area of unplanned and crisis pregnancy.
www.positiveoptions.ie offers details of support services and information about crisis pregnancy.
Emergency contraception is a secondary form of contraception – it is used when other forms (e.g. a condom) have failed or not been used at all. It is effective up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. If you need Emergency contraception (i.e. the morning after pill) then it can be prescribed and dispensed to you by the Student Health Centre.
When you go there, tell the receptionist that you need to get the morning after pill and you will be seen immediately. Visit www.thinkcontraception.ie/emergency for more information and FAQs about Emergency Contraception.
If you need the Morning after pill at the weekends, please contact your local GP.
If you have no money for obtaining the morning after pill, student loans up to €100 can be taken out from the Welfare Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Termination of pregnancy
If it has been more than 72 hours after you have had unprotected vaginal sex, then the morning after pill is ineffective. Currently, it is illegal in Ireland to undergo an abortion. If you need someone to talk to you can contact the welfare officer who will refer you to relevant Trinity services or you can get more information at www.positiveoptions.ie
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS
What is an STI?
An STI is an infection which has been transmitted from one person to another through sexual activity.
Don’t worry, it’s a lot more common than you might think, and most of them are very manageable these days.
To protect against STIs a condom must be used each and every time you have sexual intercourse. To be fully protected, dental dams and condoms must be used during oral sex.
STIs break down into 3 rough categories:
• Creepy crawlies like pubic lice (crabs) that live on you – these are passed on through skin to skin contact and sometimes through contact with infected bedclothes etc.
• These are caused by bacteria and include Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and Syphilis. Problematic but curable – these can generally be looked after and dealt with.
• Hepatitis, HIV, Herpes – these all fall under the viral category. In general these can only be treated, not cured. And in HIV’s case, it can develop into AIDS. HPV (Genital warts) can lead to illnesses like cervical cancer.
• A lot of STIs have NO symptoms until it’s too late e.g. Chlamydia can cause infertility in women but can have no symptoms until its late stages. Up to 85% of men and 50% of women have no symptoms
To be sure you’re 100% STI free – please get tested for STIs. Remember to get your status checked – our Student Health Centre provides an STI screening
service. Contact them on (01) 896 1591 to find out details on the service.
For More Information check out the contacts page for details on other STI testing, check out the information below.
There are free drop-in clinics all around Dublin:
St. James’ Hospital Guide Clinic
Monday 9 am (tickets @ 8 am)
Tuesday & Thursday 1:30 pm (tickets @ 8:30 am)
Gay Men’s Health Service
Tuesday & Wednesday 5-6:30 pm
Dublin Aids Alliance
53 Parnell Square West
2nd Wednesday of month 1 pm
Trinity College Health Centre
€15 courier charge
“online” STI checks
For more information on clinics, check out www.dublinaidsalliance.ie