Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't have obvious symptoms and the only way to know is to get tested. Anyone who has sex (oral or anal), regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, can have an STI.

If you are sexually active it is a good idea to get a sexual health check up every 6 months or more often if you’ve had sex without using a condom.

Most STIs can be easily tested through a urine sample, a swab, or in some cases a blood test, and can be easily treated. 

Confidential HIV testing is also available at the Steve Retson Project.  The most common way to get HIV is from having sex without a condom. It can also be passed on from direct blood to blood contact.

Steve Retson Project is a specialist service where gay and bisexual men and all men who have sex with men can access free and confidential sexual health services and you can make an appointment without attending your GP. 

The Steve Retson Project clinics provide a wide range of accessible sexual and emotional health services that are supportive, non-judgmental and sensitive to your needs. 

The Steve Retson Project clinics provide:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV
  • Rapid HIV finger prick testing at the Thursday evening drop-in clinic with results in 60 seconds
  • Same day HIV testing at Sandyford Central on Tuesdays; attend Sandyford Central between 8am and 10am for triage and you'll either be offered testing with results provided that same day after 5pm at the Steve Retson Project or you'll be offered an alternative appointment
  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B & HPV.
  • Specialist advice and support on sex, relationships, reducing HIV risk, and sexual health
  • Free condoms and lube
  • PrEP (Pre-exposure prophlyaxis)
  • PEP (Post exposure prophylaxis for sexual exposure to HIV) Counselling
  • Information on all aspects of men's health.

For more information have a look at our clinic times and venues pages.