Saturday 18 November 2017

Over 90pc of sexually active Irish college students have not had an STI test

STI kits (stock photo)
STI kits (stock photo)
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Over 90pc of sexually active third level students in Ireland have not had an STI test.

This is despite almost a quarter of them admitting to having had more than five sexual partners each.

The figures, which were compiled by the National Student Survey and exclusively seen by, revealed that a total of 23.5pc of sexually active students have had more than five sexual partners.

But the number of students who have had an STI test administered remains extremely low.

The report, which surveyed over 1,200 third level students in the country, covered topics including college satisfaction, lecturing standards, CAO choices and mental health issues.

On college life, results showed that almost 50pc of students have considered dropping out of third level education or have actually dropped out.

The main reasons for the 8.24pc of students who did opt to drop out include mental health issues, expectations of the course and financial problems.

Regarding lectures, 59.6pc of students said they either have or would like to make a complaint about the standard of lecturing in their college, while over a third claim the course details given to them by the college were not an honest representation of the course.

However, the overwhelming majority (69.8pc) said they would not change their course choice if they had the choice to apply to the CAO again.

Meanwhile, the emigration trend remains high with 72.6pc of students saying they are considering emigrating or have already emigrated after graduation.

Regarding mental health, students said they would most likely turn to a counselling service if they had any concerns, while a ‘good friend’ and a GP were other options.

Finally, approximately 31.4pc of students rely on their parents for financial support, while 31.6pc rely on a student grant. A total of 18.7pc work during the academic year to support themselves.

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