Waterford students given free access to condoms and sexual health information
Third level students in Waterford will now have access to free condoms and sexual health information, thanks to a new initiative by the Health Service Executive (HSE).
As part of the initiative, higher-level institutions can order condoms dispensers accompanied with information leaflets.
It will emphasise the importance of using condoms every time sex happens and will direct students to HSE-affiliated websites for further information about sexual health and wellbeing.
Health Minister Simon Harris said “It is essential we continue to make improvements in sexual education and remove barriers to contraception. This will reduce crisis pregnancies and reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections.
“I want to thank everyone from the HSE, and the staff and students of the third level institutions who have worked so hard to put this great initiative in place.”
The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne, added: “Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 are a key risk group for unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It is essential that we do everything we can to assist and equip our young people to avoid these risks.
“A key part of this initiative is the provision of leaflets with information on safer sex and consent.”