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National Sexual Health Strategy

Published: 4 April 2019
From: Healthy Ireland and Department of Health

The National Sexual Health Strategy 2015 – 2020 is a strategic framework for the sexual health and wellbeing of the Irish population and was launched in October 2015.

While Ireland had previously developed regional sexual health strategies and national strategies to address specific sexual health issues, this is the first time a coordinated approach has been developed at national level to address sexual health and wellbeing and to reduce negative sexual health outcomes. The strategy will run from 2015-2020.

The ambition behind the strategy is that everyone in Ireland experiences positive sexual health and wellbeing, and has access to high quality sexual health information, education and services. It takes a life course approach to sexual health which acknowledges the importance of developing healthy sexuality throughout childhood and adolescence and builds on that foundation for positive sexual health and wellbeing into adulthood and older age.

The three key goals of the strategy are:

  • to ensure that everyone has access to appropriate sexual health education and information
  • to ensure that high quality sexual health services are available and affordable
  • to ensure that good quality data is available to guide the service

National Sexual Health Strategy

The action plan sets out the main actions to be taken in 2015 and 2016 to commence implementation of the National Sexual Health Strategy for Ireland 2015–2020.