Hickeys Pharmacies have partnered with LetsGetChecked to bring laboratory quality Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing to you.
The test are available to purchase in our pharmacies. Samples can be taken in the privacy of your home and sent for laboratory testing. You will receive results in 2-5 days. We also offer a private consultation with our Pharmacist in all of our stores, should you wish to discuss your health.
Some general information on STIs
There has been a massive increase in rates of sexually transmitted infections in Ireland over the past decade yet 6 out of 10 of Irish people have never had a sexual health check up.
Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in Ireland. It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active women in Ireland have Chlamydia and the disease seems to be on the increase.
Over the past ten years:
• Gonorrhoea rates are four times higher
• Chlamydia and Syphilis infections have doubled
• HIV diagnoses have increased three fold among gay and bisexual men
Regular STI testing is important for everyone who is sexually active, regardless of age, sexuality or relationship status.
With up to 80% of STIs displaying little to no symptoms, people cannot afford to be presumptive when it comes to their sexual health
The LetsGetChecked service provide an alternative solution for those who prefer the convenience, confidentiality, and control of getting checked from their local pharmacy rather than visiting an STI clinic.
The service has clinical oversight from Medical Director Dr Dominic Rowley, Genito-Urinary Consultant in St. James Hospital.
Ref: European Centre for Disease Control, LetsGetChecked, Spunout.ie,