The Saint Francis Private Hospital Sexual Health Clinic offers friendly, professional, discreet, efficient and reassuring care for all aspects of your sexual health.
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Our clinic is open, by appointment only, Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
Appointments outside of these hours can be facilitated by arrangement.
Please call us in confidence on 087 3225440 if you wish to make an appointment.
The clinic is located on The Saint Francis Private Hospital Campus and offers ample free parking.
An STI Screen takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Results take 10 working days, you can either opt to receive results by text message, phone call or email.
Alternatively you can arrange for a consultation with the nurse to receive your results. Please note that there is a €20.00 charge for this additional appointment.
All Consultations are carried out by our highly trained nurses.
Your clinical records cannot be shown to anyone without your written permission.
An STI (formerly called an STD) is an infection that can be passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal or oral).
Most STIs are very easily treatable with a short course of antibiotics. Some STI's may require different treatment but this will be discussed with your nurse in detail should you results test positive.
Cryotherapy is a technique that uses an extremely cold liquid or instrument to freeze a lesion or a growth.
Healing occurs after the scab formation and falling of the scab.
Cryotherapy poses little risk and is well-tolerated by patients. There is a small risk of discoloration of the skin (may be long term), scarring, infection, and damage to underlying skin, nerve and tissue. The most common effect is slight pain at the time of cryotherapy then followed by redness, swelling and in a small number of cases blistering.
These minor symptoms usually last for about 24 to 48 hours. Pigmentary changes, both hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) and hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) are possible after cryotherapy.
Both generally last a few months, but can be long lasting. It may take several treatments to achieve visible results and at time the lesions may return requiring further treatments.
Warts are caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Warts are diagnosed by clinical examination (sight) rather than a specific test and we do not test for presence of the HPV virus as a huge percentage of the population would test positive even though many people will never develop warts.
It may be that you have the virus, but unless you develop warts which are a symptom of the virus it is difficult to know.
The virus could have been passed to you from your ex-partner or vice versa.
It is always advisable to have a regular sexual health screen as many STI's are easily treated but, as they display no signs or symptoms, may go undiagnosed and can lead to more complicated problems.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. If left untreated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (P.I.D.) in women which can result in infertility, chronic pelvic pain and ectopic pregnancies. It is known as the 'silent disease' as up to 75% of women and 50% of men can have no symptoms at all. Common symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge, pain on passing urine, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, irregular vaginal bleeding. Testing can be done on a urine sample or by taking a swab from the cervix and it is easily treatable with antibiotics.
Warts are a very common sexually transmitted infection. They present usually as non- painful lumps anywhere on the genital area and are caused by the HPV virus. This virus can live in the body for many years and people can carry the virus and not know it. Different strains of the virus can cause either external warts or cervical cancer/pre-cancerous cells. Although there is no cure for HPV, there are treatments for external warts including cryotherapy (freezing treatment) which we offer here at our clinic.
Gonorrhoea is a bacterial infection in the genital area which can cause vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, penile discharge or pain on passing urine. Like Chlamydia, it can have no symptoms at all and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (P.I.D.) which in turn can lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain and infertility. Testing can be done on a urine sample or by taking a swab. If diagnosed, it is easily cured with antibiotics.
Genital herpes is a viral infection which is easily transmitted from person to person. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus which can live around the lips or mouth causing 'cold-sores', or in the genital area causing genital herpes. It causes ulcerated, often painful lesions/blisters around the genital area. Diagnosis is made by visual inspection or by taking a swab. There is no cure for genital herpes but out-breaks can be treated with anti-viral medications.
H.I.V. is a virus that can cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (A.I.D.S.). It can be transmitted by sexual intercourse and stays in the body for life, attacking your immune system so that you are unable to fight infections. It is diagnosed by a blood test and requires life-long treatment and monitoring.
Syphilis is transmitted by direct contact with a syphilis sore or lesion and is caused by the bacterium treponema pallidum. Ulcers can be found in the genital area and also in the mouth/around the lips. There are 3 stages of the disease and it develops over years. If treated with antibiotics in the early stage it can be cured. It is diagnosed on a simple blood test but if left untreated, it can spread in the bloodstream and cause many problems in different parts of the body.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause vaginal discharge in women and discharge from the penis in men. It is often without symptoms but can be passed from person to person during sexual contact. It is easily treatable with antibiotics.
Hepatitis B is a viral infection that can be transmitted by sexual intercourse and can cause inflammation of the liver. It can also be transmitted by sharing needles for drug use, from a mother to her baby and from tattoos with unsterilised tools. It usually has no symptoms but can cause serious liver disease. Diagnosis is by a blood test.
Hepatitis C is another liver infection which is usually transmitted by sharing/using unsterilised needles for injecting drugs, from mother to baby and also by sexual contact. It can be diagnosed by a blood test and can be treated with a long course of medication. If left untreated it can cause 'cirrhosis' of the liver, liver failure and, in some cases, can lead to liver cancer.
Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on the hair in the pubic area. They attach strongly to the hair and are not removed by normal washing or brushing. The main symptom is itch and they can be passed on by close genital contact. Treatment is with a specialised cream or lotion.
Some infections in the genital area are not classed as STI's:
This service will suit patients with no symptoms i.e. no unusual discharge, pains, lumps, bumps or lesions. It's a more of a 'peace of mind test'. There is no medical history required, no examination will take place.
Patients who register will be given a swab and a urine sample container.
All you have to do is indicate which swab pack you require i.e. Heterosexual male, female or MSM (men who have sex with men).
MSM's are given additional swabs for throat and rectum as well as a container for urine. Men should hold their urine for 1 hour to ensure greater accuracy of testing.
Express tests cover the following STI test Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Hep B, and Syphilis.
There is a wide range of contraceptive methods available and we want to be able to help you choose a method that is medically appropriate and socially acceptable for you as an individual. You will have an opportunity to discuss all the available contraceptive methods available during your first consultation.
If you choose to start an oral contraceptive (the pill) you will be give you an initial prescription for 3/12. You will then need to return to the clinic. There is no charge for this appointment - it is just to review how you are managing with the pill and discuss any issues or concerns you may have. We will also check your weight and blood pressure. Please remember to book your review appointments before you run out of pills so that you do not put yourself at risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
If you decide you would like to have a Coil or Implant fitted, an appointment will be arranged for you to come back. This appointment will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Six weeks after a coil fitting you will need to return to clinic for a review. There is no charge for this appointment and it will only take 10 to 15 minutes. At this review the Doctor will examine you to make sure that the coil is in place and discuss any issues or concerns that you may have.
Full Sexual Health Screen
Full Sexual Screen for Students
Full Sexual Screen for a Couple
Express Self STI Screen
Cryotherapy for Students
IUCD - Insertion (Includes Device)
IUCD - Removal
IUCD - Removal & Insertion (Includes Device)
Mirena / Jaydess - Insertion (Excludes Device)
Mirena / Jaydess - Removal
Mirena / Jaydess Removal & Insertion (Includes Device)
Implanon - Insertion (Excludes Device)
Implanon - Removal
Implanon - Removal & Insertion (Excludes Device)
Fertility Advice Repeat Visit
Menopause Health Check
Menopause Health Check - Repeat
Saint Francis Private Hospital
Ballinderry, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
087 322 5440