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  • Attending an STI Clinic

    The 'how, when and where?' of getting tested

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) can tested for in the Royal City of Dublin Hospital, Baggot Street, and in the Guide Clinic in St James Hospital. Attending a hospital for tests can be daunting for anyone, but guidelines suggest that any sexually active person should be fully screened for STI’s every 6 months. Taking responsibility for one’s own sexual health and their partners is the first step in avoiding STI’s, or catching them early when they can be treated more affectively.

    In BeLonG To we understand how for a young person attending either of these clinics can be a nerve wracking experience. As well as our one to one support service we offer young people support in attending these clinics, so if a young person needs or wants to attend these clinics a youthworker can with some notice attend with the young person for the initial visit.


    What To Expect when visiting the Guide Clinic in St. James' Hospital

    What if I am not sure if I need to attend a STI clinic?

    Many people attend clinic when they have symptoms of infection, or if their partner has been diagnosed with an STI. You do not need to have symptoms to attend. Numerous people have infections that they don’t know about. For this reason, it is a good idea to go for a ‘check up’ if you are worried about any possible risks.  If in doubt, check it out!


    Upon arrival you will be asked to take a ticket and then register. Your name, contact details and date of birth will be recorded. The confidentiality of your information will be respected. You will be given a card with your clinic number (unique to you) on it. There is usually a wait to see the doctor, so you may wish to bring something to read. 


    The health care provider (a doctor or advanced nurse practitioner) will call you, and take you to an examination room. After discussing the reason for your visit, he or she will ask questions about any symptoms you may be experiencing, as well as assess your risk for infections. These are necessary to determine exactly which tests should be done. Your confidentiality and privacy will be protected.

    Examination and Swab Tests

    A genital examination is carried out for both men and women. Men should not pass urine for two hours before the examination. Blood is taken to test for HIV, hepatitis and syphilis.  

    Counselling and health advice. Counsellors and health advisors are available to discuss any concerns or questions about having these tests. In addition, they provide advice and counselling in relation to safer sex.  Health advisors will also help if you need to inform your partner about an infection. 


    Initial results (of the swab tests) are usually available within twenty minutes. The remaining results take up to two weeks. 


    If the examination or tests indicate an infection, treatment may be started on the same day. All treatments are free of charge. 

    STI Information

    Health advisors and other staff are available to discuss sexually transmitted infections and safer sex with you. Written literature on STIs is also available in the clinic. 

    Follow up and Results

    Results are available after two weeks (some tests such as smear results take longer). Please notify the clinic if your address or phone number change. If further treatment is required follow up appointments can be booked with reception. 

    Other STI clinics available at the Guide Clinic

    Young Persons Clinic (YPC): Those under 18 are invited to attend this clinic instead of the general STI clinic. Opening times for this Clinic are 10.00am till 1.00pm Thursday only. No appointment needs to be made for this service but it is advisable to get their early as it is first come first served basis.

    Nurse Led Clinic:  Treatments are carried out in this clinic; a referral to attend is made by a health care worker at the main STI clinic. 

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