Sexual Health Basics
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Sexually transmitted diseases are an increasing feature of everyday general practice. We offer comprehensive sexual health screening service including full STI testing, and treatment where required.
The service consists of an appointment with the doctor for full review of sexual health, advice and clinical examination followed by blood tests / samples as appropriate, taken by practice nurse. Results are discussed at a follow up visit within 2 weeks.
Where necessary, treatment such as cryotherapy for warts is undertaken as part of the service and referral to specialist service will be advised and arranged if needed. The service is completely confidential and can be arranged by contacting reception at short notice where necessary.
The following are the principal Sexually Tramsmitted Infections (STI’s) diseases which may be contracted in Ireland:
- Genital Warts
- Genital herpes
- Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
What are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s)?
They are infections caused by viruses or bacteria which can be passed from one partner to another during sexual contact. They can cause serious and long term damage if not treated appropriately.
What Are The Symptoms?
There are often no physical or visible symptoms, however if you are sexually active and develop any of the following conditions you should contact us immediately.
- Sores in the genital area
- Irritation or itching in the genital area
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain while going to the toilet
- Unusual discharges from your vagina
Who Can Get an STI?
Anybody can be infected with an STI from one sexual contact with an infected person. STI’s are very common but can often lie dormant for considerable periods of time. It is often quite possible that your sexual partner may have an STI but be unaware of the fact and so would be unaware that they had passed an STI on to you. The most effective way to prevent the transfer of an STI during sexual contact is to use a condom properly.
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