SpunOut.ie have launched their new Safer Sex campaign #GetTested on Tuesday, February 9. The campaign intends to de-stigmatise STI testing and to further the on-going conversation of consent among young people.
The online campaign contains articles and videos to encourage STI testing and give information on where and how to get tested.
SpunOut.ie say that the online content addresses the concerns and anxieties that people might have about testing.
As part of the campaign, SpunOut.ie will partake in sexual health ’take-over’ days on several campuses around Ireland in conjunction with the USI. Colleges include NCI, IADT, GMIT, IT Carlow, DKIT and NUIG.
SpunOut.ie hopes this will further contribute to the de-stigmatising of STI screening.
According to a joint report by RCSI, HSE and NUIG, many students do not believe they need to be screened for STIs and are discouraged further to do so by the stigma surrounding STIs.
Yet according to SpunOut.ie, every sexually active person should receive an STI screening, saying it should be a regular component of responsible sexual practise.
The campaign also intends to relay information on consent. According to the Rape Crisis Network, there is confusion surrounding consent and what constitutes rape and sexual harassment.
A recent survey on students’ experiences of sexual violence and harassment in college funded by Cosc and the Department of Justice and Equality in which 2,590 Irish students and 162 international students took part, 57% of participants did not believe the incident was serious enough to report and 44% did not think that what happened was a crime.
A video on this issue can be found on the SpunOut.ie website. Links to support networks can also be found on the site.
SpunOut.ie hope to highlight the importance of consent. According to Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, only one in ten cases of rape are reported.