STI/ HIV test

If you've had a condom accident, your contraceptive method didn't work then you will need an STI test.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be passed on by contact with body fluids such as semen, vaginal fluids and blood. Some STIs can be passed on by unprotected genital contact and oral sex. Fingers, hands or sharing sex toys can also pass on certain STIs. Find out more about STIs and how to protect yourself and your partner(s) here.

With the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, there are significant restrictions to public STI services. Find out what services are available here.

Using condoms every time you have sex will reduce your risk of contracting an STI.

For advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), see hse.ie/coronavirus.

Getting an STI checkup

You will need to make an appointment for most clinics, unless they provide a drop-in service. You don't have to be referred by your GP.

The length of time that you will be at the clinic can vary. If you have no symptoms it tends to be shorter and if you have a specific problem, it may take a bit longer. STI clinics tend to be busy places and you may be waiting for a while to be seen.

You will be asked questions about your sex life. Doctors and nurses working in STI clinics are there to help. It's a good idea to be honest in your answers and worries - don't worry about shocking them - they've heard it all before. Then you will have a series of tests.

Remember, it's always best to get checked.

Click here for a list of STI clinics.