The University of Limerick has been forced to issue warning to all students after an outbreak of Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia has been found on campus.
The email, sent by Dr Ronan Ryder, explains: "If you have had unprotected sex or have any concerns we would strongly advise you to contact the Student Health Centre or your G.P."
According to Independent.ie, the letter reads:
The Student Health Centre has been notified that there is an outbreak of Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia on campus. These are sexually transmitted diseases as a result of unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex.
It is possible to have these conditions without having any type of symptoms.
UL confirmed that they are working closely with the HSE, following an increase in the number of students presenting with gonorrhoea and/or chlamydia to the UL Student Health Centre.
It is understood that around 10 cases have been reported on campus in the last two weeks - constituting an outbreak under HSE guidelines.
As is best practice, UL has rolled out an awareness campaign contacting every student directly. In accordance with HSE protocols students are being urged to present to the STI and/or the GP clinics run by the UL Student Health Centre should they have concerns with regard to any element of their health and to get the necessary treatment.
All students who present are currently being seen with or without an appointment and UL will continue to work closely with the HSE to ensure all awareness and treatment protocols are fully adhered to.