STD Clinic at Harold’s Cross Surgery
STD Clinic is a privately-run sexual health clinic based in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. We specialise in diagnosis, testing and treatment of Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD), also referred to as Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). STD Screening is carried out by Dr. Shay Keating, a fully accredited specialist in the field of sexual health, with over 20 years experience in STD and STI screening, making him Ireland’s No. 1 Sexual Health Expert. At Harold’s Cross Surgery, we offer Full Specialist Screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections for men and women. Screening is carried out in a confidential manner in comfortable surroundings.
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What is Chancroid?
Chancroid is a bacterial STD, rare in the developed world and is prevalent in low socioeconomic groups associated with sex work.
Most individuals in Ireland and the UK diagnosed with chancroid have visited countries where the disease occurs frequently i.e Subsaharan Africa. No cases of chancroid were reported in Ireland in 2011. It is characterised by one or more painful ulcers on the genitals and is caused by the bacterium Haemophilus ducreyi. It can be mistaken for syphilis.
How does one get Chlamydia?
By the end of the third quarter of 2011, up to the end of September, there were 4133 cases of Chlamydia reported in Ireland. It is most common in young adults.
Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex.
It can also be passed from mother to baby before, during, or shortly after birth. Infants who become infected around birth frequently develop conjuntivitis and pneumonia, which untreated can result in chronic pulmonary disease including asthma.
What is Genital Herpes?
Herpes simplex (HSV) was first reported over 2,000 years ago, but was not identified as a virus until the 1940s. There are two types, HSV type 1 (HSV1) and HSV type 2 (HSV2). HSV 1 is usually associated with infection of the mouth, throat, face, eye and nervous system. HSV2 is usually sexually transmitted and causes genital infection. Each strain, however, may cause infection in all areas, as cross infection of HSV 1 and HSV 2 may occur from oral-genital (oral sex) contact. This means that one can get genital HSV in or on the mouth, and oral HSV in the genital area. HSV can also affect the hands (called a whitlow) but more seriously can affect the eyes, or invade the central nervous system (encephalitis).
What are Genital Warts?
HPV is believed to be the most common sexually transmitted infection in the developed world, and many sexually active men and women will be infected with the virus at some time in their lives.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that infects the epithelial (skin or mucosal) cells.
There are many types of the virus which are numbered in order of their discovery. The majority of types cause no symptoms, some cause warts (verrucae) while others can, in a minority of cases, lead to cancer. Warts which appear in the genital region, penis, vulva, vagina or anus, are termed genital warts.
What is Gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a common STD, though less commonly seen in Ireland and UK sexual health clinics than chlamydia.
By the end of September2011, there had been 560 cases reported in Ireland for that year alone. It is most common in young adults.
Gonorrhoea can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex.
It can also be passed from mother to baby before during or shortly after birth.
Getting Checked is Vital
Dr. Shay Keating features in the Phoenix Magazine with an article about how vital it is to get checked in regards to your sexual health.
“My main aim is to treat within community, so I test in the clinic and either give injections or pills, depending on the diagnosis. Then the patients can continue to take their medicine at home.”
Dr.Keating, or Shay as he told me he prefers to be called was courteous and extremely professional and had a nurse in the room for me while he as I am a female. Easy for me to say now but I rate the treatment I got as a 5 star and I would recommend Harold's Cross Surgery and Shay to anyone who is nervous or not.
STD Clinic at Harold’s Cross Surgery
Dr. Keating is currently employed in The Genitourinary, Infectious Diseases Executive (GUIDE) Clinic in St. James’s Hospital as a Specialist in Genitourinary Medicine. He sees, evaluates, and treats all who present for Sexual Health review and HIV care. The unit has a very proactive research and education ethos in which he is involved.