Many young people in Ireland won’t want to talk about STIs and other sexual health issues.
Some will be too embarrassed by the idea of talking about sexual activity and potential problems. Others will face discrimination over their actions. This leads to an at-risk group in need of better STI testing and education.
There is an apparent problem with STIs in Ireland. Gonorrhea has increased by 52%, 4,100 of over 8,500 cases in 2016 were for Chlamydia. Male cases on the rise, particularly with Gonorrhea. This all highlights the importance of strong, reliable STI testing in the country.
STD Clinics in Ireland
The first option for anyone dealing with a potential STI issues in Ireland is to go to a clinic to get checked out. Hospitals seem like the better choice for many healthcare professionals because it is essentially a one-stop shop for all problems.
Patients can receive advice, testing procedures, reliable results and follow-up care under one roof. For some this may be preferable than going to a GP, only to be later referred to someone else. For others, the idea of heading to a specialist GUM clinic is daunting.
There is a stigma involved and embarrassment. This is understandable, especially for those that are only recently sexually active or had poor sex education.
STI Check Services Offer A Different Approach
The first alternative here is to head to a more comfortable facility for general health, preferably one with a strong STI service. The STI Check service understands this and has partnered up with three services across Ireland that may not be what some expect.
Rather than work with large clinics, they chose smaller-scale GP surgeries with a secure, reliable STI testing service. This provides a friendly place for newcomers when they get checked and treated with a greater piece of mind.
There is also an opportunity for same-day appointments, to reduce waiting times and anxiety. These clinics are as follows:
Cork City Medical Center:
This new center lies in a convenient location in the heart of Cork, so is easily accessible to those in need. The clinic takes sexual health seriously, with the right approach to testing, treatment, and support. They provide a full examination with Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea swabs and blood testing for HIV, Hepatitis B and C and syphilis.
After the results come in, they will help with treatments and counseling. They do this with confidentiality and discretion at the heart of their ethos.
Killarney Medical Center:
This center is another GP-lead establishment, this time in Killarney town. Again, this partnership is mainly due to location and the attitudes of the staff. There is that friendly community feels that takes away some of the discomfort and fear over testing measures.
Again they work to provide the best possible screening and treatment services via experienced staff.
Blackrock Medical Practice:
The last of these facilities is a small surgery in country Dublin. This is a conventional GP surgery with none of the sterile, scary elements of a clinic. They promise the same level of professionalism and reliability.
The final option here is to opt for the online approach to STI testing.
For some, even a GP visit isn’t comfortable or private enough. This is where the STICheck Online service can help. There are three kits available to use at home and mail off for the results.
First, there is the standard kit for chlamydia and gonorrhea at 50 euros. Then there is the advanced kit for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C at 120 Euros.
Finally, there is the complete kit for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Trichomoniasis, Gardnerella, Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Herpes Simplex 1 & 2 at 200 euros.
All these test samples are then sent to the company’s Dublin-based lab. Here patients can receive quick results for all these screening methods. Afterward, there is even the chance of a follow-up service online rather than with a GP.
This online option is the best choice for all those looking for a discrete online platform for reliable results and guidance. The breadth of STI testing services in Ireland shows that the help is out there for those brave enough to ask for it.