Tag Archives: STI


What’s it like?

Yet too embarrassed to get screened for whatnots?

The Himerus Clinic, Heytesbury Street, Portobello (above).

A new clinic for the sexually active, possibly hip, yet shy bed hopper lover.

Dr Aisling Loy writes:

I would be grateful if you could bring to the attention of your readers our new STI clinic in Portobello, Dublin. We have just launched in advance of world AIDS day next week and want to promote safe sex and regular STI testing. As well as routine STI screening, sexual health consultations, we also offer a self taken swab service for those who want screening but are too embarrassed to have all the swabs taken by a Doctor. Rapid HIV testing, with results in 10 mins, is also available as well as free cervical cancer screening. Our clinic is delivered by consultants so unlike most other STI screening services we can treat infections on site without onward referral…



Neither cash, favours nor self-taken swabs given for this post.


This short video by the Irish Family Planning Association gives straightforward and honest information on how men can best protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases.

How many times should a guy get tested?

TWICE a year!

Bonus feature: Ginger extra scratching groin.

Thanks Jack Jones

THE INCREASED use by older men of drugs to reverse erectile dysfunction may be producing an unexpected side effect. The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases for men and women in the 50-90 age group has doubled over the past decade.

Cases of syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea rose sharply during the 2000s, according to a study published this morning in the British Medical Journal . While doctors have their suspicions, there is little concrete data to explain why this mini-epidemic is taking place.

More surprisingly, the study shows that there has also been a sharp rise in cases of HIV infection in older men.
Males over 50 now account for 20 per cent of adults accessing HIV care, an 82 per cent increase on figures from 2001, said the report’s authors, Rachel von Simson from King’s College London and Dr Ranjababu Kulasegaram from St Thomas’s Hospital in London.

Blighty, hah? You’d never catch our oldsters disporting themselves like that.

Nice cup of tea and a bun. Bit of light spanking. Mogadon. Bed.

Sexual Diseases Rise Among Elderly (Irish Times)


Ah, smartphones. Is there any batshit new feature you can’t foist upon us?

A VD detector, you say?

People who suspect they have been infected will be able to put urine or saliva on to a computer chip about the size of a USB chip, plug it into their phone or computer and receive a diagnosis within minutes, telling them which, if any, sexually transmitted infection (STI) they have. Seven funders, including the Medical Research Council, have put £4m into developing the technology via a forum called the UK Clinical Research Collaboration.

“Your mobile phone can be your mobile doctor. It diagnoses whether you’ve got one of a range of STIs, such as chlamydia or gonorrhea and tells you where to go next to get treatment,” said Dr Tariq Sadiq, a senior lecturer and consultant physician in sexual health and HIV at St George’s, University of London, who is leading the project.

New Test Mobile Phones Diagnose STDs (Guardian)