Restrictions to Public Sexual Health Services due to COVID-19 Responses


Due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, there are significant restrictions to public sexual health services.


This includes some closures or restrictions to HIV and STI testing and PrEP clinics.


Treatment clinics for HIV, STIs and Hepatitis are operating at some level and individual clinics will contact people who are currently receiving treatment and/or have appointments to inform you whether to attend your appointment or not, and when and how to get your medication. Rapid HIV testing is available from HIV Ireland, you can schedule your appointment at the link. Testing will take place on Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm.


Some STI testing clinics, while closed, may provide services in the case of emergencies.  If you have symptoms, don’t ignore them. Contact your nearest clinic and leave a detailed message with your name and contact telephone number so that a staff member can call you back. You can also contact your GP who may provide STI testing services.


PEP is still available during these restrictions. If you have had a recent exposure to HIV, it is important to take urgent action. Contact your nearest Hospital Emergency Department where PEP is available or contact your local sexual health clinic. You must do this within 72 hours of exposure (sexual contact).