Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (843)

Róisín Shortall


843. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if he plans to resume the pilot home test STI screening service recently launched by the HSE; the steps his Department is taking to fund and resource this service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8546/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE is currently piloting a free home STI/HIV testing service, supported by the Sláintecare Integration Fund, in Dublin, Cork and Kerry. The first phase of tests were made available early January and additional tests will be made available over the coming months. Tests are being made available in a phased manner to ensure there is sufficient capacity in local clinics for service users who may need follow-up treatment or support.

In terms of further detail, and as this is a service matter, I have also asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.