June 11, 2014 | by Staff reports
More gay men getting tested for STIs in Ireland
Dublin Castle, STI, gay news, Washington Blade

Ireland’s Health Service Executive’s Gay Men’s Health Service last week published its 2013 annual report at the 12th annual Gay Health Forum in Dublin Castle. (Photo by Vmenkov; courtesy Creative Commons)

DUBLIN, IRELAND — The number of first-time patients at an Irish center providing HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for gay men increased by 7 percent last year, the Irish Times reports.

The country’s Health Service Executive’s Gay Men’s Health Service last week published its 2013 annual report at the 12th annual Gay Health Forum in Dublin Castle. Manager Mick Quinlan noted an increase in attendance at the Baggot Street-based clinic, with 5,850 men attending during the year, the Irish Times reports.

A total of 882 of these men were first-time attendees, a 7 percent increase on 2012. Some 38 percent of those were 24 or younger. One in five men tested for STIs received a diagnosis. A total of 290 were diagnosed with gonorrhea and 36 percent of those were first-time patients.

Some 204 people, of whom 38 percent were first-time patients at the clinic, had chlamydia. HIV was diagnosed in 33 patients, of whom 61 percent were first-time visitors, the Times reports. There were also 63 diagnoses of syphilis. Some 63 percent of those attendees were first-time patients, the article said.

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