At Greystones Medical Centre we offer comprehensive screening tests for STI’s. Our staff is highly trained and will deal with you in a respectful sensitive manner. All consultations are highly confidential.
We carry out screening for asymptomatic patients who are concerned they may have a STI. If a patient has a specific problem or symptom our doctors will devise the appropriate investigations and treatment.
An STI is any infection that is transmitted through intimate sexual contact (genital,oral,anal) These infections have been on the rise over the last number of years and Ireland has almost twice the incidence of such infections when compared to the EU average. If untreated STI’s are a major cause of infertility and long term disability. Thankfully the vast majority of these infections can be easily treated by your G.P. and if diagnosed early do not cause any long term complications.
Many STI’s are asymptomatic and as a result you may not know that you have one. As a result, you can then pass it on to your partner. Symptoms vary depending on the infection however they include fever, discharge from the penis or vagina, itching, pain on passing urine, painful sexual intercourse and skin lesions.
The test takes around 30 minutes. STI screening involves a detailed history with a clinician who will decide what tests you require. You will then have bloods taken. A urine sample will also be collected in the surgery. Vaginal and penile swabs may also be required. The testing is quick and is not painful.
We test for HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, chlamydia, Gonorrhea. We also will examine for genital warts and herpes as appropriate.
You do not have to fast for your blood tests. You should not have passed urine for 3 hours prior to attending. For female patients you should not attend for screening screening during your period as it can affect your results.
Test results are available within five working days. You can phone for the results and treatment will obviously based on the results of your tests.
Appointments can be made by contacting us on 01 2874275.