Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) include bacterial infections like Chlamydia and Syphilis, parasites like public lice (crabs) and viral infections like HIV, Hepatitis and Herpes.

It’s important to seek help if you suspect you’re suffering from an STI so that treatment can start and the impact it has on your life can be minimised. STIs can make you feel sick, can scar you physically, can leave you infertile or even kill you if left untreated.  You can’t tell by looking at someone whether he or she has an STI or not. The only way to know you or your partner’s status is to get tested.

HIV testing and STI screening are confidential and are often available free-of-charge.  Regular screening for yourself and your sexual partner is recommended.Different types of STIs need different kinds of treatment. Many are easily treated, like chlamydia and gonorrhoea, but some (like HIV and herpes) are incurable. This means you can treat some of the symptoms, but you can’t remove the virus from your system. If untreated, some STIs can cause problems with menstruation, pelvic pain and infertility.

There are three categories of STIs:

Bacterial:

Parasites:

Viral:

Get your facts right

  • You can get an STI the first time or anytime you have sex
  • You may not know if you have an STI
  • You may not be able to tell if your partner(s) has an STI
  • You can catch an STI more than once
  • You can be infected with more than one STI at a time

For more information please visit Think Contraception & yoursexualhealth.ie

You can check out the STI Clinic map here: www.hivireland.ie/hiv/testing/free-hiv-sti-testing-centre-locator/

STI Clinics
STI Clinic, St James Hospital – 01 416 2315/6
STI Clinic, Mater Hospital – 01 8032063
The Gay Men’s Health Service STI Clinic – 01 669 9553
The HIV Testing Centre (freephone) – 1800 459 459
Carlow STI Clinic – 051 842646
Clonmel STI Clinic – 051 842646
Cork STI Clinic – 021 4966844
Cork Family Planning Clinic – 021 427 7906
Limerick Family Planning Clinic – 061 312 026
Ennis STI Clinic – 061 482382
Limerick STI Clinic – 061 482382 & (061 316661 Sexual Health Helpline)
Nenagh STI Clinic – 061 482382
Tralee STI Clinic – 021 4966844
Tralee Family Planning Clinic – 066 712 5322
Waterford STI Clinic – 051 842646
Ballinasloe STI Clinic – 090 9648 372 (extension 676)
Castlebar STI Clinic – 094 9021733 (extension 3501)
Galway Family Planning Clinic – 091 562 992
Galway STI Clinic – 091 525200
Sligo G.U.M Clinic – 071 9170473
Altnagelvin STI Clinic- 048 71611269
Belfast STI Clinic – 048 90 63 4050
Coleraine STI Clinic – 048 703 46027
HIV Support Centre Northern Ireland – 0800 137 437
Newry GUM Clinic – 048 308 34215
Derry Sexual Health Clinic (GUM) – 028 7161 1269
Monaghan Sexual Health Clinic (GUM) – 086 824 1847
Omagh Sexual Health Clinic (GUM) – 028 7161 1269
Louth Sexual Health Clinic (GUM) – 086 8241847
Letterkenny Sexual Health Clinic (GUM) – 074 9123715