Gay men's health service sees growing number of clients

Published: June 6, 2014

The number of first-time patients at a centre providing HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for gay men increased by 7 per cent last year.

The HSE’s Gay Men’s Health Service (GMHS) today 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 over 5,850 men attending during the year.

A total of 882 of these men were first-time attendees, a 7 per cent increase on 2012. Some 38 per cent of those were aged 24 or younger. One in five men tested for STIs received a diagnosis.

A total of 290 were diagnosed with gonorrhoea and 36 per cent of those were first-time patients

Some 204 people, of whom 38 per cent were first-time patients at the clinic, had chlamydia. HIV was diagnosed in 33 patients, of whom 61 per cent were first-time visitors.

There were also 63 diagnoses of syphilis. Some 63 per cent of those attendees were first-time patients.

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