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Sexual Health

We provide a confidential, non-judgemental, quality service for students of all ages, cultures, genders and sexual orientation.

Make an appointment

Phone Student Health on Free phone 0800 479821 to book a 30 minute nurse appointment. Please advise reception that you need an appointment on the day if you have symptoms. Routine screening appointments (with no specific concerns or symptoms) may not be on the day.

Male appointments

It is very important for males not to pee for at least 1 hour before their appointment.

Female STI checks and smears

If you are female and wanting a routine STI check; this can be done with any of the nurses at Student Health and STI checks are done routinely with cervical smears.

STI testing

Over recent years, there has been a rise in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). The most common STI seen at Student Health Services is chlamydia followed by genital warts and herpes.

The majority of STI’s are caused by micro-organisms such as bacteria or viruses. These infections can be passed between people engaging in intimate physical contact, such as non-penetrative genital contact, sharing sex toys, oral sex and sexual intercourse.

We are able to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis A, B and C. There are no screening tests available for genital warts (HPV) or genital herpes (HSV). These infections are common and do not always have symptoms.

For a woman, screening for chlamydia and gonorrhoea is done with swabs taken either by the nurse or doctor; or self taken. For a man, screening for chlamydia and gonorrhoea is a first void urine sample. It is important that males don’t pee for at least 1 hour prior to their appointment. Swabs for men are only needed for those with discharge.

With all STIs there are “window periods” in which the infection is incubating, and testing may not detect it.

For chlamydia this is 14 days. So if you have had a recent episode of unprotected sex, and you would like to be checked, please book an appointment for 2 weeks after the incident to rule out the risk of a false negative test. However, if you have symptoms (male – pain peeing, discharge, females – discharge, bleeding, pain with sex, tummy pain or pain peeing), then you should ask for an appointment the same day.

We offer blood tests to screen for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B (and in some cases hepatitis A & C). The window period for routine screening is 3 months. However, if you are concerned that you may be at risk of one or more of these infections, please make an appointment to discuss options with one of the sexual health team.


The nurse or doctor will discuss options for getting your results with you. You will always be contacted with your sexual health blood test results. Please contact us if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the test.

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 the triage nurse who will discuss your options with you.

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.