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Sexually Transmitted Infections on the rise as 60pc of Irish people admit they've never been screened

Published 21/10/2015 | 12:25

Syphilis bacteria, SEM
Syphilis bacteria, SEM

More than half of Irish people have never had an STI check-up and most cannot identify the symptoms when presented.

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Sixty per cent of Irish people have not been screened at a sexual health clinic despite being sexually active for a significant period of time.

Meanwhile 57pc of us are unaware that most STIs do not have symptoms, including Chlamydia which can lead to infertility.

Figures released by LetsGetChecked found that 9,764 Irish people were diagnosed with an STI last year and Chlamydia was the most common STI.

Medical Director of LetsGetChecked, a home sexual health kit, Dominic Rowley revealed that there is a 15pc increase year on year of Irish people testing positive for HIV.

“A contributing factor to the rise in STIs in Ireland is undoubtedly a closeted prevailing attitude to sexual health and the stigma attached to getting tested.

“We’re trying to get people away from the stigma associated with attending health clinics.”

More than 90pc of Irish people also claim to have never had an STI but just 30 pc of those asked had been screened.

“CEO of LetsGetChecked Peter Foley said: “With a large proportion of STIs displaying little to no symptoms, people cannot afford to be presumptive when it comes to their sexual health.”

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