Sexual Health FAQ's/Advice


My girlfriend has got chlamydia and says I need to go for treatment but I've got no symptoms so what's the point?

Your girlfriend is right. It is very important that you go for treatment even if you have got no symptoms, because most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. If you don't get treatment, then you will give this infection straight back to your girlfriend and you may develop symptoms if it is left untreated.
Chlamydia can be a very serious problem, particularly for women who can develop infertility if it is not treated. Make an appointment at Student Health for treatment.

Do you think that it’s worth me having a check up at a clinic regularly...I last went two years ago but I've had about six or seven partners since then...??

Yes a check up would be a really good idea. A lot of sexually transmitted infections cause no symptoms and as you already know having a check up is pretty straight forward. We would recommend a check after unprotected sex with a new partner. It is best to leave it for two weeks after unless you have symptoms.

I had sex with my boyfriend last night and we didn't have a condom with us. Can you tell me where I can get the morning after pill? Can I get it today, because I don't want to leave it too late?

Yes you will be able to get it today. Make an appointment with any of the nurses at Student Health. If there aren't any appointments available today ask to speak with one of the nurses who will be able to fit you in to see a nurse.
Emergency contraception ("the morning after pill") works for up to 72 hours after you have had unprotected sex but the sooner you use it the more effective it will be.
If you require the emergency contraceptive pill out of Student Health hours, you can buy it over the counter from some pharmacies or visit the Urgent Doctors on Hanover Street.

I had unprotected sex but I am on the pill so do I need to get a sexual health check?

Always be aware that every time you have unprotected sex you could be exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. If you are having casual relationships with different people, the best way to protect yourself from most infections is by using a condom.

What about after taking the morning after pill? Do I need a check up then as well?

Yes, the morning after pill does not protect you from infections. Make an appointment with a nurse at Student Health for a check up no sooner than 2 weeks after the episode of unprotected intercourse. You need to wait this long because some infections will not show up before 2 weeks. Using condoms prior to your check up will protect you from most infections and is the best way to prevent further infection occurring.

 

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