What Is It?
Hickeys Pharmacy have partnered with Let’sGetChecked to bring laboratory quality Sexually Transmitted Infection testing to you.
How Does It Work?
The tests 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 directly in 2-5 days.
Our pharmacists in all stores offer private consultations should you wish to discuss your sexual health.
Why Is It Important?
There has been a significant 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 have increased by 300%
- Chlamydia and Syphilis infections have doubled
- HIV diagnoses have increased in Ireland
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.
Despite having no symptoms, the long-term effects of some STIs can be quite severe, in some cases, it can cause infertility.
If untreated gonorrhoea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. Whilst causing a lot of pain in the pelvic region, this disease can also lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, as well as life-threatening ectopic pregnancies. When untreated in men infertility is a possibility.
Both sexes are prone to developing infections from gonorrhoea, in areas around the body such as the joints, skin and heart. If not treated correctly this can lead to septicaemia- a life threatening blood infection.
Where is this service available?
Our pharmacy teams are here to help.
Fantastic pharmacy stock a wide range of everything and not to mention the fast and friendly staff always very friendly and welcoming definitely worth a visit and completely recommendCarla
Excellent Pharmacy very friendly and helpful staff ,if they do not have it they will order it in what super service!Pauline
Great people delivering great services & smiles!Tony
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