Facts about sexually transmitted infections (STI):
- 1 in 4 people will contract an STI,
- Chlamydia is the most commonly seen STI followed by gonorrhoea, genital herpes, genital warts and syphilis
- Chlamydia infections can be devastating for women and lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility so prevention and early treatment are key
- About 1 in 5 people with HIV don’t know they are infected
- About 4 in 5 people with chlamydia don’t have symptoms
- You can get chlamydia and gonorrhoea in your throat and anus from unprotected oral or anal sex
- Herpes and genital wart infections last for life
We encourage our patients who are sexually active to get STI screening done annually or more frequently if they have multiple partners. We also advise couples to get screened before stopping using barrier precautions, it is easier to treat one partner than two.
Condoms are effective at reducing the rate of infection but only if used during all times of penetration.
Screening is performed for free around the country at all hospital STI clinics while GP Care offers a discrete, private service.
For more information SexualWellbeing.ie is a very useful and informative resource.
Click here to request a private sexual health screen with one of our doctors.