If you are sexually active, take care of your sexual health and get an STI check-up regularly.
Free STI testing is available at STI/GUM clinics in Dublin and around Ireland. This is a confidential and non-judgmental service.
Some clinics offer a drop-in service and some operate by appointments. You don’t have to be referred by, or have a letter from, your GP.
An STI screening can take around two hours. First, a doctor or health care worker will talk to you about any risk of infection you may have had and any symptoms you may have. (Don’t forget, doctors and clinics are used to dealing with these issues. You won’t have anything they haven’t seen before!).
Then you will have a series of tests. Blood tests are used to test for HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis. Swabs are used to examine material from a discharge or an infected area (such as the penis, vagina, anus or mouth). A urine sample is used to test for chlamydia.
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