22 January Update
You can get sexually transmitted infections (STIs) through unprotected sex, including oral, anal and vaginal sex. Any sexually active person should get tested regularly, at least twice a year.
Many STIs have no signs and symptoms and if left untreated can result in infertility in both sexes and other serious medical conditions, which is why STI testing or screening is so important. If you are pregnant and think you might have an STI, it is particularly important to get tested and treated as soon as possible.
The good news is that treatment for most STIs is simple and painless.
The IFPA provides high-quality STI screening at our clinics in Dublin city centre and Tallaght. Our screening tests for all of the major STIs. Our trained and experienced medical staff screen for and treat STIs in an understanding and helpful way so there is no need for you to feel embarrassed.
- An STI screening takes about 30 minutes.
- A screening involves a consultation, physical examination, urine and blood samples and swabs
- At the IFPA, we provide a full STI screening which tests for all of the following infections: HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis, trichomonas and genital herpes.
Please avoid emptying your bladder for 90 minutes prior to the appointment.
Full STI screening: €75-€125
Full STI screening for students (on presentation of a valid student card): €75-€100
Follow-up STI screening: €25
A non-refundable deposit of €50 is required to book an STI screening. STI screening is not covered on the medical or GP card.
Owing to the recent and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, we have introduced some new measures to protect you during your care.
Some consultations will be postponed, and others will now take place by telephone. For certain services, you may still need to attend for appointments. If you need to attend an appointment, we assure you that our staff adhere to the highest standards of hygiene to keep you safe during your visit.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus/COVID-19, are awaiting a test result, or are a close contact of a confirmed or suspected case, you should not attend the clinic. Please contact us and we can discuss how best to provide you with the care you need.
Sexual health during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic
If you are sexually active at present, it’s important to take steps to reduce your risk of getting coronavirus and protect yourself from STIs and unintended pregnancy.
- Only be sexually active with a partner living in your household.
- If you decide to be sexually active with someone living outside of your household, limit it to as few partners as possible, preferably one regular partner.
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sexual activity.
- Consider masturbation or remote sexual activity as alternatives to physical sexual activity with partners.
See here for HSE advice on sex and coronavirus/COVID-19.