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If you have had unprotected sex you may have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
You will need to make an appointment for most clinics, although some clinics provide a drop-in service. The service is confidential. This means that you are identified by a number rather than by your name.
You can also pay for STI screening at private clinics. This costs between €80 and €125.
An STI screening can take around two hours. First, a doctor will take your sexual history. Don’t worry about shocking them – they’ve heard it all before. Then you will have a series of tests.
If you are having a HIV test, a health worker or doctor will talk you with you beforehand.
For more information on what happens and what to expect at an STI Clinic click here.
You may be given some results while you are at the clinic. For tests that take longer you will be given an appointment to come back for the rest of your results. If you need treatment, you will get the medication there and then. A health worker will meet you to explain safer sex practices, answer any questions you may have and discuss your results.