STI Screening

Comprehensive STI Screening

We offer a full STI screening service, which is completely confidential.  We can help if:

  • you are experiencing symptoms
  • you have no symptoms but you are worried you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection
  • you have no symptoms and just want a check up for peace of mind

Our professional medical team understand that the subject can be embarrassing for some people, so we will ensure that you are made to feel comfortable and you can be confident that you will get the best possible treatment.

​If you would like to book an appointment, please phone us on (021) 431 0311 or email us on info@uqmc.ie. 

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Unfortunately, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are an increasing cause of ill health.  STIs can cause concerning symptoms and discomfort, but sometimes they are asymptomatic, meaning there are no initial symptoms.  Even asymptomatic STIs can still result in long-term health problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancies and genital cancers.  If you are sexually active, getting tested regularly is a good idea. We can also advise on safe sex and how to protect yourself against STIs.

Symptoms

  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Rash/Itching on the genitals and/or anus
  • Change in colour of the male or female discharge
  • Discharge from the penis or vagina
  • Strong vaginal odour
  • Unusual lumps around the genital/anal area
  • Painful erections

Chlamydia is the most common STI in Ireland, however 80% of women and over 50% of men have no symptoms so the only way to know if you have it is to get tested. Early detection is crucial in reducing any long-term consequences that may have a considerably damaging effect on your health.

When to get tested

You should wait a minimum of 3 weeks from the time of unprotected sexual intercourse before taking your test. Sexually transmitted infections can take a period of time to become detectable, and you should wait to ensure an accurate result.  It’s a good idea to get retested after 3 months to ensure that you are clear (syphilis and hepatitis B/C in particular may take time to be detectable). If you are sexually active and changing partners, regular testing is advised.

You should also get tested if a previous partner has informed you that they tested positive, even if it’s been several years since your sexual relationship ended.  Some STIs can remain dormant for years.

Our Tests

ROUTINE STI SCREENING €70
Tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis and HIV
Turnaround of 3-4 working days (please don’t urinate for 2 hours before appointment)

INSTANT STI SCREENING – Up to €250
We now offer instant STI tests, which tests for the following STIs.

HIV€90
Herpes 1 & 2€90
Trichomonas€70
Chlamydia€70
Gonorrhoea€70
Hep B€70
Hep C€70
Syphilis€70
4 or more tests together€250

Fees include the consultation with the doctor and nurse. Please don’t urinate for 2 hours before your appointment. Turnaround 45 minutes. 

These tests take place in our clinic and include a consultation with the doctor and nurse.  We are aware that many women prefer to see female staff for these issues and we are happy to accommodate you, please explain your request to the receptionist.

Our doctors can help to advise you on the best test for your situation.  Generally your test will require a medical professional to take a swab, sometimes also a blood test.  In some cases you may be able to take the swab yourself.  If you receive a positive result, our doctors can help to advise you on a treatment plan and counselling if necessary.

If you are not experiencing symptoms, we also have home STI kits available, for more information visit STI Testing Kits.

Preventing STIs

Condoms are the only type of contraceptive that protects against STIs.  If you have any questions or concerns about preventing STIs, please book an appointment with our doctors and they will give you all the information you need. 

Contact us to discuss STI Screening