Sexually Transmitted Disease clinic

Sexual health is an important part of overall health. It means in the first place the absence of disease and infections but also covers well-being, the ability to control fertility and to have children and the ability to enjoy fulfilling relationships free from discrimination.

Worldwide, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among the most common causes of disease and are an increasing cause of ill health. Apart from the initial symptoms and discomfort, they may result in long-term health problems such as infertility, ectopic pregnancies and genital cancers. In Ireland, rising STI rates have increased the level of concern in this area among health professionals, the government and the public.

In DF Medical Centre we provide confidential screening, treatment and follow-up for all STDs and genital conditions except HIV treatment, which will be initiated in a specialized HIV clinic.

Your Guide to Sexually Transmitted Infections

General information on STIs and genital conditions from the HSE website:

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Chlamydia is a common bacterial STI that affects men and women. Many men and women will not notice any symptoms.

gential herpes
Genital herpes (HSV)

Genital herpes is a viral infection that can cause blisters or ulcers in the genital area.

genital warts
Genital warts (HPV)

Genital warts are ‘warts’ in the genital area caused by a virus called the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).


Gonorrhoea is a curable bacterial STI caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoea that affects men and women. Women are less likely than men to notice any symptoms.

hepatitis b
Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that infects the liver. It is a major cause of serious liver disease such as cirrhosis (scarring) and liver cancer, and affects millions of people worldwide. In most people a full course of vaccination prevents infection.

hepatitis c
Hepatitis C in MSM

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that infects the liver. Worldwide, it is an important cause of long-term liver disease, such as liver cirrhosis (scarring) and liver cancer.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the human immune system and weakens its ability to fight infection and disease. Early treatment of HIV keeps the immune system strong, prevents illness and transmission to others.

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) in MSM

Lymphogranuloma venereum, or LGV, is a type of chlamydia. LGV is mainly diagnosed in men who have sex with men (MSM).

Mycoplasma genitalium (M gen)

M gen is a bacterium or germ that can be transmitted through sexual contact.

pubic lice
Pubic lice (crabs)

Pubic lice are tiny insects that live in coarse body hair and are spread by close physical contact.


Scabies is caused by tiny insects (called mites) which burrow under the skin and lay eggs.


Syphilis is a bacterial STI. Untreated syphilis can cause serious health problems in both men and women.

Trichomonas vaginalis (TV)

TV is caused by a tiny germ called a protozoan, which is similar to bacteria. Most cases of TV are found in women, though it can affect both men and women.

bacterial vaginosis
Bacterial vaginosis (BV)

BV is the most common cause of abnormal discharge from the vagina.

epididymo orchitis

Epidiymo-orchitis is a serious condition that affects men and is characterised by pain and swelling inside the scrotum (ball bag), usually caused by an infection.

Mulloscum contagiosum (MC)

Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is a viral skin infection.

pelvic inflammatory
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

PID is an infection of the uterus (womb), ovaries and tubes, which is caused by a bacterial infection.


Thrush is a very common cause of itch and discomfort in the genital area. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast (candida).

vaginal discharge
Vaginal discharge

An abnormal vaginal discharge can be caused by infections, some of which may or may not be associated with sex.

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