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    Default Facility for STI screening in Dublin/Ireland?

    I ask cause, in international cities in Europe, there are centers dedicated to STI screenings, and they're all free of charge.

    They do blood work, urinalysis and swabs, with private doctor consultations.

    Again - all free.
    Paper work is also provided for escorts/prostitutes should they wish to provide it to regional control authorities.

    Do such facilities exist in Ireland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Dunne View Post
    I ask cause, in international cities in Europe, there are centers dedicated to STI screenings, and they're all free of charge.

    They do blood work, urinalysis and swabs, with private doctor consultations.

    Again - all free.
    Paper work is also provided for escorts/prostitutes should they wish to provide it to regional control authorities.

    Do such facilities exist in Ireland?
    Yes there are places in Dublin, Limerick and Cork that I am aware of. There are likely others too.

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    The only free one is in James's hospital. It can be a right pain trying to get seen. They don't do appointments. You simply queue up outside and hope they can see you. Completely anonymous.

    There are others in other towns operated by the HSE, these are not anonymous and you have to be very firm with them not to contact your GP.
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    Yeah doesn't sound like a particularly efficient system.

    Shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnolan1992 View Post
    The only free one is in James's hospital. It can be a right pain trying to get seen. They don't do appointments. You simply queue up outside and hope they can see you. Completely anonymous.

    There are others in other towns operated by the HSE, these are not anonymous and you have to be very firm with them not to contact your GP.
    That's not true for Escorts. I have had the last 2 tests done in Dublin and you go in and it gets done nearly straight away. They also give you free condoms if you want them. Most places have free facilities like this for men too. If anything it is harder to get a good service like this in the North for Escorts, but the guys have a great free service in Derry I believe.

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    There are a couple of free sti clinics in cork i go to the one in the victoria hospital it's easy to make an appointment and they keep thing anonymous by giving you a number so when you ring to make a further appointment you just give that number. Here is a link to others around the country. http://spunout.ie/health/article/sti...ics-in-ireland

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    In the UK, the GUM clinics, (Genito Urinary Medicine) all notes are confidential, they are not forwarded onto your GP & are destroyed after 3 months.

    If you do a google search for GUM clinic, there should be such clinics in Ireland.

    The services in the UK are free, I cannot say if the same applies to Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sexy Sandy 69 View Post
    In the UK, the GUM clinics, (Genito Urinary Medicine) all notes are confidential, they are not forwarded onto your GP & are destroyed after 3 months.

    If you do a google search for GUM clinic, there should be such clinics in Ireland.

    The services in the UK are free, I cannot say if the same applies to Ireland.

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    Belfast is pitiful Sandy. I made inquiries when I settled here and you have to book a week in advance to use the clinic in the hospital, which is great if you are always in the same place and remember, but I used to tour a lot, so it was hard to pin down where I would be and to make the call while in Ireland was a pain in the neck too. Then there is the service that is meant to be available once a week for sex workers and I made a point of going there one evening, to be told that they didn't have anything with them, as they were not expecting anyone. Yet it was meant to be a walk in? I was told to call in advance next time, which isn't ideal either. The number I had in my phone was wrong too, so I gave up and started using Dublin, as it's way more efficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curvaceous Kate View Post
    Belfast is pitiful Sandy. I made inquiries when I settled here and you have to book a week in advance to use the clinic in the hospital, which is great if you are always in the same place and remember, but I used to tour a lot, so it was hard to pin down where I would be and to make the call while in Ireland was a pain in the neck too. Then there is the service that is meant to be available once a week for sex workers and I made a point of going there one evening, to be told that they didn't have anything with them, as they were not expecting anyone. Yet it was meant to be a walk in? I was told to call in advance next time, which isn't ideal either. The number I had in my phone was wrong too, so I gave up and started using Dublin, as it's way more efficient.
    I find the Belfast clinic really well run and efficent.
    The lady who runs it says attendence has dropped recently.
    There are also clinics at most health centres.
    I cant link atm but will loom when I get home.
    At the HC clinic I give real details but working name at Belfast clinic which is never passed on to anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wnolan1992 View Post
    The only free one is in James's hospital. It can be a right pain trying to get seen. They don't do appointments. You simply queue up outside and hope they can see you. Completely anonymous.

    There are others in other towns operated by the HSE, these are not anonymous and you have to be very firm with them not to contact your GP.
    All of the clinics in Ireland should be free and most of them operate with an appointment basis. They also all need express written permission to contact your GP with your result. No one is entitled to tell anyone anything about your medical results (especially HIV) without your permission.

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