We provide thorough, discrete and confidential service in Limerick.

Treaty Medical Centre runs  the longest established and therefore most experienced, private clinic dedicated to Sexual Health in the Mid West.  

At Treaty Medical, we offer professional support, treatment and advice on all aspects of sexual health for both men and women. The importance of your sexual health cannot be overestimated and as such, Treaty Medical Centre is happy to offer sexual health screening discounts for couples.

Our service is appointment based and patients can self-refer or be referred by their GP.

Appointments are typically during surgery hours, but early morning (from 8am) or late evening (up to 7:30pm) appointments can be arranged on request.
(To secure an early morning or late evening appointment a credit/debit card number may be required depending on bookings)

The importance of sexual health screening

We advise all our patients and their partners entering into a new sexual relationship, to have a baseline sexual health screen, to have full confidence in their sexual health.

Everything you need to know

Preparation steps before a screening

  • Urine samples should be provided at least 2 hours after previous urination.
  • If anonymity is of primary concern please do not hesitate to make an appointment under the name and address of your choice.
  • Screening should be performed at least 2 weeks after exposure of concern to have confidence in a negative chlamydia and gonorrhoea result.

The Screening Procedure

MEN
  • Urine Test (please do not pass urine for at least 2 hours before this test)
  • Blood Tests
  • Swabs (Viral Swabs, Pharyngeal, Rectal, Penile) as indicated
  • Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen if necessary
  • Vaccination Advice as indicated
WOMEN
  • Blood Tests
  • Swabs (Viral Swabs, Pharnygeal, Rectal, High Vaginal Swabs and Endo-Cervical Swabs) as indicated
  • Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen if necessary
  • Genital Examination

Between half and three-quarters of all women who have a chlamydia infection have no symptoms and do not know that they are infected. In men, infection of the urethra is usually symptomatic, causing a white discharge from the penis with or without pain on urinating.

  • The usual symptoms in men are burning with urination and penile discharge in men. Women, on the other hand, are asymptomatic half the time or have vaginal discharge and pelvic pain. In both men and women, if gonorrhea is left untreated, it may spread locally, causing epididymitis or pelvic Inflammatory disease or throughout the body, affecting joints and heart valves.
  • We are seeing antibiotic resistance in newer strains of gonorrhea which necessitates taking swabs from the patient to ensure the most suitable antibiotic is prescribed.
  • Many people infected with this virus never have symptoms, but can still pass on the infection to others. If symptoms occur, they can range from a mild soreness to painful blisters on the genitals and surrounding area.
  • Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The primary route of transmission is by oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
  • It may also be transmitted from mother to fetus during pregnancy or at birth, resulting in congenital syphilis.
  • The proper use of a condom reduces the transmission of syphilis, however does not completely eliminate the risk.
  • To reduce your risk of HIV infection, use condoms correctly every time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Don’t inject drugs. If you do, use only clean needles and equipment and don’t share your equipment with others.
  • Treatment with HIV medicines helps people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. Although these can reduce the risk of HIV transmission, it’s still important to use condoms during sex.
  • Instant HIV testing now available. (The result is obtained in the practice instantly but would still need to be done three months post exposure to be confident of a negative result).
  • If there is a confirmed exposure to HIV, PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) can be given within 72 hours of exposure by attending the local GUM clinic or Emergency Dept.

A viral infection that affects the liver and blood. It is passed through:

  • Blood and other body fluids
  • Unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex
  • From an infected mother to baby during pregnancy
  • Sharing drug using equipment with an infected person
  • Tattoos, acupuncture and piercings with non-sterilized equipment

Long-term complications can include liver failure and cirrhosis of the liver, increased risk of miscarriage or premature labour.

Hepatitis C is a liver infection which is usually transmitted by:

  • Sharing/using unsterilized needles for injecting drugs
  • From mother to baby
  • 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

Long-term complications can include liver failure and cirrhosis of the liver, increased risk of miscarriage or premature labour.

  • Warts usually appear as single or more, painless, fleshy growths or lumps in the genital area. You may not have visible warts, but can still pass the virus on to your sexual partner(s).
  • Treatments include freeze treatment (cryosurgery) or prescribed creams.
  • Using a condom is the best protection against genital warts but it is not 100% effective.
  • This is a viral infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus.
  • They generally appear as pearly smooth fluid-filled bumps on your skin and are most common in the genital area, the inner thighs and the lower abdomen. Treatment involves Cryosurgery to the lumps (freeze treatment)
  • Sexual contact.
  • Using condoms can offer some protection but is not 100% effective.
  • They are tiny insects, like head lice, that live in pubic or body hair causing intense itching in the genital area.
  • Pubic lice can be treated with creams and lotions – for you and your partner(s).
  • You can buy these at a chemist, however, you should also have a full STD/STI check.
  • A parasitic infection which can be passed on to your sexual partner.
  • The symptoms vary between men and women.
Female symptoms:
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Burning or stinging sensation when you pass urine
  • Offensive smell
Male symptoms:
  • Discharge from penis
  • Rash on the penis
  • Rarely, burning or stinging sensation when you pass urine

Treatment is with Antibiotics – for you and your partner. The best prevention is by condoms.

Thrush:

  • Yeast is common around the mouth and genitals, especially the vagina, but does not cause symptoms until it multiplies.
  • Thrush is not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD), but it can be passed on through sexual contact.
  • Many people develop thrush for other reasons such as being on antibiotics, a change in diet for example.
Symptoms:
  • Genital itching or soreness
  • Thick vaginal discharge usually with no smells
  • Discomfort during sex
  • You may have no symptoms

Thrush is treated with anti-fungal medication; this is more successful for resistant cases if partners also receive treatment.

Bacterial Vaginosis:

It is a condition caused by the overgrowth of normal vaginal bacteria, which can cause problems such as:

  • Premature labour and low birth weight in pregnancy
  • pelvic inflammatory disease

The exact cause is not known. It may be triggered by sexual intercourse or a period. There are no symptoms in most cases but can cause:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge and smell
  • Genital itching

Treatment usually involves topical preparations or an antibiotic.

Pricing

  • Hep A €45
  • Typhoid €40
  • Hep A & Typhoid €75
  • Hep A & Typhoid €75

Some private health insurers allow you a claim back up to €200 for health screening.

Screening should be performed at least 2 weeks after an exposure of concern to have confidence in a negative chlamydia and gonorrhoea result and at least 3 months after an exposure of concern to have confidence in a negative HIV and Syphilis result.

* The result is obtained in the practice instantly but would still need to be done three months post exposure to have confidence in a negative result.