Sexual health is an important part of overall health. It means in the first place the absence of disease and infections but also covers well-being, the ability to control fertility and to have children and the ability to enjoy fulfilling relationships free from discrimination.
Worldwide, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the most common causes of disease and are an increasing cause of ill health. Apart from the initial symptoms and discomfort, they may result in long-term health problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancies and genital cancers. In Ireland, rising STI rates have increased the level of concern in this area among health professionals, the government and the public.
Sexual health prevention and treatment services include a broad range of health care at different levels, both public and private, throughout the health care system. The main elements include prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and clinical care for those with STIs, contraception, screening for diseases such as genital chlamydia, psychosexual counselling and support, and specialised services for high-risk groups and diseases.
HSE public STI screening services are almost exclusively based in hospitals and special community clinic settings around Ireland and are free. In places some GP practices and family planning services may provide STI testing services for a fee.
If you are worried call into the Health Unit or ring the number below. This is free and confidential service
Outpatients Dept, Louth County Hospital, Dundalk, 086 8241847
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda - 086 8241847
Outpatients Dept, Monaghan Hospital, 086 824 1847