St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin has opened a walk-in STI clinic in response to a surge in syphilis cases.
According to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), a national outbreak of early infectious syphilis (EIS) was declared and has been under investigation since June of this year.
There were 242 cases reported in the first four months of this year in Ireland, with around 40 per cent of these cases in Dublin. According to latest data released by the HPSC, 223 men developed syphilis compared to 22 women.
St Vincent’s Hospital is now operating a walk-in STI centre every Friday between 8.30am and 4pm, although it will be closed between 12.30pm and 1.30pm for lunch.
Symptoms of syphilis include a genital ulcer (primary chancre), rash, or eye problems (in particular symptoms and signs of uveitis).
The HSE said early recognition and treatment are critical to avoiding sickness and onward transmission.