So, as those of you at UL may know, week six is UL Sexual Health and Guidance Week, or SHAG Week for short! As Out in UL is a 100% sex positive society, spreading sexual health information is an important part of our aims. Sex education is particularly important for the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland, as information on queer sexual health is still very much lacking in Irish schools.
Our members’ meeting tomorrow night at 7pm in S116 will be all about sex, covering sex positivity, consent and information on protection and STIs. This is a meeting we hold every year and one that’s really important, so we hope to see as many of our members there as possible!
Next Thursday, we’re teaming up with GOSHH and UL Students Union to provide free rapid HIV testing to students! As HIV is on the rise in Ireland with 2015 seeing more new cases than previous years, knowing your status is more important than ever. Of course, HIV affects not just men who have sex with men, but also heterosexual men and women, and this testing is intended for everyone to avail of.
Rapid HIV testing is incredibly fast and easy, and anyone who gets tested will be entered into a draw to win tickets for Metropolis! We hope to get as many people as possible tested in the SU next week. Please share our Facebook event page and tell all your friends!