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Sexual Health West
(Formerly AIDS West)

We offer the highest quality care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS/STIs and to those worried about their sexual health. 

Welcome To Sexual Health West

Sexual Health West is a voluntary organisation and charity, primarily funded by HSE West and charitable donations. We are based in Galway City, Ireland and provide services and support throughout the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon and adjacent areas. We offer the highest quality care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS/STIs and to those worried about their sexual health.

Sexual Health West (formerly AIDS West, founded in 1987) has expanded from a small group of dedicated volunteers who gathered together to assist HIV positive people in their final days, to a team of professional, committed people who strive to offer care and support to HIV positive people, their families and carers. All our services are completely confidential.

We also offer information and education on all aspects of sexual health, and we provide high quality evidence informed youth and community education through our WISER team,

Sexual Health WEst Support Services

Here you will find useful information and support in relation to all aspects of HIV/AIDS as well as STIs and sexual health.

Key Facts About HIV

If you have HIV, the earlier you know about it the better. Treatment is excellent at delaying and preventing the onset of AIDS, but it is not as successful if the test is taken so late that the disease is already very advanced.

If you have had a high risk of exposure to HIV, you can get free emergency treatment from an Infectious Disease Clinic. This can reduce your chance of acquiring the infection. Called Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), it must be taken within 72 hours to be affective.

Anyone testing HIV positive is entitled to free HIV care and treatment. The best place to receive this is at a specialised clinic where specially trained doctors will manage your care and advise you if and when treatment is needed.

Your HIV clinic won’t tell anyone that you have had an HIV test without your permission.

The use of anti-HIV treatment, having a caesarean delivery, and not breastfeeding can reduce the risk of a mother passing on HIV to her baby to less than 1%.

Even though there’s no cure for HIV, doctors are now hopeful that you can live a more or less normal lifespan if you take a combination of anti-HIV drugs.

Condoms & Lubricant 

Where Do I Get Condoms?

If you would like to avail of our FREE condom and lubricant campaign, follow the link below for more information. 

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