What is an STI Screen, and Who Should Have One?
An STI screen is a thorough examination or set of tests designed to identify the presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in an individual. These screenings are essential for anyone who is sexually active, as many STIs may not exhibit immediate symptoms. Detecting and treating infections early not only safeguards individual health but also prevents the spread of STIs to others.
Who Should Have an STI Screen?
Sexually Active Individuals: Anyone engaging in sexual activity, whether through vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse, should consider regular STI screening, regardless of age.
New Sexual Partners: If you've recently begun a sexual relationship with a new partner, it's advisable for both individuals to undergo an STI screen to ensure a healthy start.
Multiple Sexual Partners: Individuals with multiple sexual partners, or those in non-monogamous relationships, may benefit from more frequent STI screening to address increased exposure risk.
Symptoms or Concerns: If you experience any symptoms of an STI, such as unusual discharge, pain during intercourse, genital sores, or discomfort while urinating, prompt screening is crucial.
Pregnant Individuals: Routine STI screening is often recommended during pregnancy to protect both the pregnant individual and the unborn child.
HIV Risk Factors: Those with specific risk factors for HIV, such as engaging in unprotected sex with an HIV-positive partner or using intravenous drugs, should undergo regular HIV testing.
Why Choose Us for Your STI Screen?
At Kinsealy Medical Centre, we understand the sensitive nature of sexual health concerns. Our experienced and compassionate team provides discreet and confidential STI screening services. Whether you're proactively managing your health or addressing specific concerns, our goal is to ensure your well-being with professionalism and care. Book your STI screen with us for a confidential and supportive experience. Your health and peace of mind are our priorities. 🌐💙
How do I book and how much does it cost?
What will my sexual health consultation involve?
A doctor or nurse will take a set of blood tests for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
A Urine sample will be take and tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. You should avoid urinating for 2 hours before giving the sample to ensure that results are accurate.
Women may have a swab taken from the cervix (neck of the womb.) This is a similar to having a cervical smear taken but usually shorter.
MSM (Men who have sex with men) may also have pharyngeal (throat) and rectal swabs taken.
The entire consultation takes roughly 15-20 minutes.
Our complete sexual health screening is 95euro.
How will I be noticed of my results?
Results usually take 2 weeks to return. If the results are negative you will receive a text message to your phone. For example, 'Dear Patient, They results from your investigations on 01/01/23 were negative'. Any positive results will be communicated by phone-call or in person