Where To Test

It has never been easier to test for STIs. You can test in-clinic, at home or avail of a rapid test.

In-clinic testing

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In-clinic testing is recommended if you have symptoms or it is your first time testing for STIs. You will be provided with a full screening and tested for Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Hepatitis. For a list of free HSE STI services across Ireland visit Sexualwellbeing.ie.

The Gay Men’s Health Service (GMHS) in Dublin provides full screening and counselling services. GMHS services are open and free to gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men and the trans community.

The GMHS is located at the Meath Primary Care Campus, Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8. D08 HX9.

Visit www.gmhs.ie for more information and to arrange an appointment.

STI Home Testing

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Free STI home testing kits are now vailable to order at www.sh24.ie for anyone aged 17+ living in the Republic of Ireland. If you are living in Northern Ireland please visit https://sh24.org.uk to order your home STI test kit.

You can now also order a free Hepatitis C Test kit from the HSE 

You can also order an HIV self-test from MPOWER every Tuesday from 1pm. This free service is available to gay and bisexual men, men who have sex with men (gbMSM) including trans men and non-binary people.

Rapid Testing

Rapid testing is a testing method that provides quick results, typically within minutes or a short period of time, as compared to traditional laboratory-based testing which can take hours or days for results to be available.

Rapid testing offers several advantages, including quick turnaround time, immediate diagnosis, and the potential for immediate treatment or counselling during the same visit.

Some Rapid Testing Options:

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The MPOWER Programme is a suite of peer-driven community-level interventions which aim to achieve a reduction in the acquisition of HIV and STIs and an overall improvement of sexual health and wellbeing among gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (gbMSM).

MPOWER provides a Rapid HIV Testing service that is available in gay bars, clubs, saunas and community centres across Dublin City. This is a walk-in service and does not require an appointment.

The free Rapid HIV Testing service is available at the following venues at the listed timings (No weekend services on Bank Holiday weekends):

  • Tuesday: The George, 6pm – 8pm
  • Wednesday: OutHouse, 6pm – 8pm
  • Saturday: BoilerHouse, 3pm – 5pm
  • Sunday: Pantibar, 4pm – 6pm

MPOWER Services include:

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Sexual Health West Rapid HIV Testing

Sexual Health West offer free Rapid HIV and Syphilis testing across the region at various locations. The test involves a simple finger prick and gives a result in less than five minutes.

To book an appointment or find out their next testing dates contact them on 091 566266 or email info@sexualhealthwest.ie

Address: Sexual Health West, Ozanam House, St. Augustine Street, Galway H91 V3PV

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GOSHH Ireland, Limerick, Rapid and Confidential HIV and Hepatitis Testing

GOSHH Ireland provides Rapid HIV testing. To make an appointment for a test, please email knownow@goshh.ie or call (061) 314354.

At GOSHH, you will receive your test results before you leave your appointment. If your result is reactive, you will be referred to your local STI clinic for further care.

Visit GOSHH at Redwood Place, 18 Davis St, Limerick, V94 K377

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Sexual Health Centre Cork

At the Sexual Health Centre, you can do a Rapid Test for HIV. You will get your test results immediately with the rapid testing service. The test is free and confidential and involves a simple finger prick.

Testing is available by appointment or online booking system or on a walk-in basis.

To make an appointment, call 021-4276676, visit www.sexualhealthcentre.com or email info@sexualhealthcentre.com.


Tests: what you need to know