The Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships Summary Report

This study was commissioned by the Department of Health and Children and the Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA) in response to a recommendation of the National AIDS Strategy Committee.The Crisis Pregnancy Agency became involved in the project in the lightof international evidence showing that aspects of sexual health, such as contraception, crisis pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, should be examined jointly. The study builds upon the already extensive research conducted by the CPA since its establishment. The CPA and the Department of Health and Children funded this research because the sexual health sector needs robust and comprehensive data to effectively plan sexual health policies and strategies and to inform effective approaches to promoting positive sexual health messages. The findings of this report will be considered by various organisations and will inform the future development and strategic direction of the CPA’s work in reducing the number of crisis pregnancies. The report will also provide valuable and sought-after information for individuals, organisations and policymakers working to prevent and manage crisis pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in Ireland. It will contribute to the development of a national sexual and reproductive health strategy.