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Free STI kits halted after 5,000 orders in a day | Ireland

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The HSE has paused a pilot scheme to send out free home sexual health test kits after receiving almost 5,000 orders in less than a day.

Tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis and HIV are being offer to people in Dublin, Cork and Kerry in a partnership between the HSE and SH:24, a free online sexual health service. SH:24 runs an identical service with the NHS in the UK which delivers 500,000 tests annually.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said 4,923 tests had been ordered between the service going live at 5pm on Tuesday and the temporary suspension the following day. SH:24 said that similar-sized areas elsewhere had received around 700 orders in the first month. Ireland’s uptake had been “unprecedented”.

Gillian

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/free-sti-kits-halted-after-5-000-orders-in-a-day-w7058rcx3

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