Is HIV testing free in Ireland?

The amount of tests available per day is limited. If follow-up treatment or support is needed, this is provided for free by HSE-funded STI clinics in Dublin and Cork. You can also access confidential sexual and reproductive health services and support from any of the HSE’s clinics across Ireland.

Can you detect HIV with a blood test?

An antigen/antibody test performed by a laboratory on blood from a vein can usually detect HIV infection 18 to 45 days after an exposure. Antigen/ antibody tests done with blood from a finger prick can take longer to detect HIV (18 to 90 days after an exposure).

What HIV test is used in Ireland?

This fifth generation test is the first HIV screening test in Ireland to distinguish between HIV-1 antibodies, HIV-2 antibodies and the p24 antigen. We only need a small blood sample to complete your test, and results will be available the day after your sample arrives in the testing laboratory.

What does sh24 test for?

If you are a man who has sex with women then SH:24 can provide you with a simple way to get tested for four of the most common STIs. You will need to provide two samples to test for Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, HIV & Syphilis. This means providing a blood and urine sample.

Are STI tests free Ireland?

STI screening is free of charge and confidential. A list of public STI services is available in the Sexual Wellbeing website.

Is sh24 safe?

SH:24 is a free online sexual health service, delivered in partnership with the NHS. SH:24 makes it easier for people to get tested for the four most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We provide free test kits, information and advice – 24 hours a day. It is quick, discreet and completely confidential.

How do I get tested for STDs in Ireland?

STI testing is free in Ireland at public STI/GUM clinics and at some community-based testing venues including at HIV Ireland. These are confidential and non-judgmental services. Some clinics offer a walk-in service and some operate by appointments. You don’t have to be referred by, or have a letter from, your GP.

How much is an STI check in Ireland?

Our most popular STI tests and screens

Test Description Price
Instant HIV Test HIV test with rapid results, available in most clinics. €160
Herpes Test Herpes test by blood, urine or swab. This test will determine whether you have Herpes Type I or Type II or neither. €135 (€95 if added to a screen)

How long do sh24 results take?

We will text you your test results as soon as possible – always within 7 days. If you do have an infection, we will advise you of how to get treatment and further support.