How to get a free STI check-up in Ireland?

Find out where you can get a free STI test in Ireland
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Getting an STI check-up is a great way to protect your health and the health of those you have sex with. Due to the ongoing pandemic, some of the STI services in Ireland are running at reduced capacity. If you cannot find an in-person testing service that works for you, you may have the option of receiving a free STI home testing kit.

Free at-home STI testing kits in Ireland

At home STI testing kits from the HSE are now available to people over the age of 17 living in the following counties:

  • Cavan
  • Cork
  • Dublin
  • Galway
  • Kerry
  • Kildare
  • Laois
  • Leitrim
  • Louth
  • Mayo
  • Meath
  • Monaghan
  • Offaly
  • Roscommon
  • Sligo
  • Wicklow

Instructions are provided on how to complete the test kit and a stamped addressed envelope is provided to post the completed test kit back to the lab. You should receive your results by phone or text message within 72 hours of the samples arriving at the lab. Order your free STI testing kit.


GUIDE Clinic (Limited services only)

HIV service:

  • The HIV service will continue but with some restrictions
  • If you have an appointment please attend at the allocated appointment time
  • If you have any questions or concerns please call 01 416 2315 and leave a message with your name, hospital number and phone number
  • For appointment cancellations only, please email [email protected] with your name, hospital number and contact number and a member of staff will contact you as soon as possible with an alternative appointment date
  • Please note, this phone number is for patients who attend the HIV service only

New HIV Telephone Clinic: If you attend the HIV clinic at GUIDE and would like to speak to a doctor or specialist nurse, you can now call the new HIV Phone Clinic. Telephone: 01 415 1965

STI service: The online booking system is working again and operating at a limited capacity. Visit for available slots. Referrals from GPs via Healthlink are also accepted. Patients will be triaged, this means your case will be reviewed and an appointment given depending on the urgency of our cause, and appointment times sent out.

PrEP: This service is reaching capacity. New PrEP appointments will be released, when available, every Wednesday and Thursday, one week in advance of clinics.

PEP: Is still available as a walk-in emergency in the GUIDE clinic. Present to the clinic less than 72 hours after the risk during normal clinic working hours. Outside of these hours, present to your nearest Hospital Emergency Department.

Visit to keep up to date with services.

Gay Men’s Health Service (GMHS) (Limited service available)

  • STI testing clinics: Currently taking bookings for both the asymptomatic (without symptoms) and symptomatic screening clinics
  • PrEP Clinic: Open for returning GMHS PrEP patients and currently taking bookings for people looking to engage with the PrEP service
  • Appointments can be made by phoning 01 921 2730

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (Open)

  • Routine STI services: Email [email protected] for an appointment or telephone 01 803 2063 to speak with a sexual health nurse
  • PEP: Available via the Mater Hospital Emergency Department
  • PrEP Clinic: Service users can email [email protected] to access this service. They are unable to take new patients at present due to COVID-19 but they will follow up once the public health situation allows. Initial assessments will take place virtually, followed up by an appointment to attend for a full STI screen and collection of prescription.

Beaumont Hospital (Open)

  • Walk-in HIV testing services closed until further notice
  • Weekly HIV clinics running as normal
  • Telephone support available at 01 809 3006
  • PEP is available through the Emergency Department with referrals to the clinic for

St. Vincent’s University Hospital (PEP and PrEP) (Restricted Services)

  • STI Testing: Those with symptoms should present to a GP and will then be linked to the testing clinic if necessary
  • PEP: Available through the Emergency Department and will then be linked to the
  • clinic for follow-up
  • PrEP: In-person review for current and newly registered patients. New service users can self-refer to [email protected]
  • HIV Services: Virtual appointments or in-person consultations for existing and new service users

HIV Ireland (Limited Service)

MPOWER Rapid HIV Testing Service, for gay and bisexual men, is now available on
Wednesdays (6pm to 8pm) and Saturdays (2pm to 4pm) at 70 Eccles Street, Dublin

  • Bookings are by appointment only
  • Bookings open online at 24 hours before each session
  • The twice-monthly HIV & STI testing service is cancelled until further notice
  • Free HIV self-test kits can be ordered online every Tuesday at 1pm. Visit for more information
  • Monthly testing at The Red Door Project, Drogheda is cancelled also
  • Telephone Support: 01 873 3799

Nassau Clinic Dublin – Free HIV testing on Sundays (Service available)

  • Free and confidential HIV Testing (4th Generation) every Sunday
  • Book online and choose option 6 (HIV Test) 
  • Arrive 5 minutes before your pre-booked time, leave 10 minutes later. All surfaces are disinfected before & after every consultation.
  • All other services are paid, but the HIV testing on Sundays is free of charge.

Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise (Normal services have resumed)

  • STI Testing & Services: All clinics have resumed normal services. Telephone 086 859 1273 for an appointment
  • PEP: Available at the Emergency Department, with follow-up at the clinic.
  • PrEP: Available Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm by appointment only. Accepting new clients

Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar (CLOSED)

  • No appointments available at this time
  • No STI testing services currently
  • People with symptoms are asked to contact their GP

Louth County Hospital, Dundalk (Limited Service available)

  • STI testing and treatment, vaccines and PrEP and PEP services are available
  • Appointments are allocated once a virtual consultation has taken place
  • Telephone 086 824 1847

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda (Limited services available)

  • By appointment only: STI screening, treatment, vaccines and PrEP. Telephone 086 824 1847
  • PEP: available through the Hospital Emergency Department 24/7. Telephone 041 983 7601

Monaghan General Hospital (CLOSED)

  • Services remain suspended
  • PEP: Available at the Minor Injury Unit Monday–Friday. Telephone 047 38835


South Infirmary Victoria Hospital Cork (OPEN with restrictions)

  • STI Testing: Service is continuing with some capacity restrictions. Telephone 021 4966 844 for an appointment or if you have a query. This is a busy line but there is a voicemail service available so please leave a message and your call will be returned
  • PEP: Telephone 021 4966 844 (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday) for assessment or outside these hours please contact the Emergency Department in Cork University Hospital (021 454 6400) or Mercy University Hospital (021 427 1971)
  • PrEP Service: They advise all existing and potential PrEP patients to make individual contact with the clinic to discuss appointments. The PrEP service is operating at capacity but each new referral will be reviewed by Medical staff. Telephone 021 4966 844 (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday).
  • Vaccinations: HPV, hepatitis A&B vaccinations are available to all eligible candidates. Any new patients can contact the clinic to discuss the vaccination service. Current service users will be contacted for completion of vaccination programmes. Any new potential patients can contact the clinic to discuss the vaccination service. Telephone 021 4966 844 (9am to 4pm Monday to Friday)

The Sexual Health Centre, Cork (Open)

  • Rapid HIV Testing Service available by appointment only. Telephone 021 427 6676 or email [email protected]

University Hospital Kerry, Tralee (Open, with limited capacity)

  • Operates on a fortnightly basis on alternate Thursdays
  • Telephone the clinic: 021 496 6844

University Hospital Limerick (Restricted Services)

  • STI Testing: Providing STI clinics on Tuesday mornings and Thursday mornings and afternoons, by appointment only. Telephone 061 482 382 for an appointment
  • PrEP: Now seeing new and existing service users
  • PEP: Contact the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at the hospital for emergency 5-day pack and receive referral to the sexual health clinic
  • HIV and hepatitis clinics: Appropriate individual arrangements are being made with all current service users. If you have not heard from the clinic, please telephone

University Hospital Nenagh (Open, restricted numbers)

  • STI testing clinics, by appointment only, on Wednesday afternoons

University Hospital Ennis (Open, restricted services)

  • STI testing clinics, by appointment only, on Monday mornings

South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel (CLOSED)

  • STI testing clinics and services closed until further notice. Testing available at University Hospital Waterford for people with symptoms
  • Telephone support: 051 842 646 – leave a message with staff for a doctor/nurse callback

Carlow District Hospital (CLOSED)

  • STI testing clinics and services closed until further notice. Testing available at University Hospital Waterford for people with symptoms
  • Telephone support: 051 842 646 – leave a message with staff for a doctor/nurse callback

University Hospital Waterford (Restricted Services)

  • Limited STI testing services: Priority will be given to people with symptoms and contacts of infections (and for sexual assault, and HSV outbreaks)
  • PrEP: Limited availability
  • PEP: Will be available through clinic or the Emergency Department for out of hours.
  • Telephone support: 051 842 646 – leave a message with staff for a doctor/nurse callback

Youth Health Services (YHS) Cork (OPEN)

  • Appointments for the clinics on Tuesdays & Fridays can be made by telephone: 076 108 4150
  • Services for people aged 17 to 23 years


University College Hospital Galway (Open with restrictions)

  • STI testing clinics: Open on an appointment basis only, prioritising people with symptoms or who have other STI urgent care needs. The walk-in clinic is not operating. Telephone 091 542294 and calls will be returned. Limited services for emergencies will be available
  • PEP: Available at the clinic, and through Hospital Emergency Department at weekends and out of hours. HIV treatment and care services: ongoing for current service users on an appointment basis.
  • PrEP: Services currently ongoing
  • Vaccinations: Services currently ongoing

Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe (OPEN – Normal Service has resumed)

  • Telephone 090 964 8372 (extension 676) for an appointment

Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar (OPEN – with restrictions)

  • Currently only seeing people with symptoms who require screening and treatment
  • Telephone 094 902 1733 (extension 3501) for an appointment

Sligo Regional Hospital (Limited Services only )

  • STI testing services: Operating one night (Tuesday) a week only for new patients by appointment to provide sexual health screening and PEP. Telephone 071 917 0473
  • PEP: Is available through the Hospital Emergency Department outside of clinic hours.

Letterkenny General Hospital (Open with limited capacity)

  • STI Testing: Clinics and services open with limited capacity. Appointment only
  • PrEP Clinic: Open, by appointment only. Telephone 074 91 23715 for appointments, health advice, support and referral information

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