The number of cases of sexually transmitted infections have almost doubled since covid restrictions were lifted.
The Irish Daily Mail reports that figures from the Health Protections Surveillance Centre show 4,793 cases were confirmed in the first 13 weeks of this year, compared with just over 2,400 in the same period last year.
It represents a 95% jump year on year.
The most common disease so far this year was chlamydia with the highest STI rates reported in the 20-24 year old age cohort.
It also found that infections were more common in men than in women, with 2,262 reported in men and 1,508 confirmed in women.