2023 Spring meeting

Killeavy Castle Estate, Newry

22nd Apr 2023

2021 Autumn Meeting

The SSSTDI Autumn meeting has been changed to a virtual platform due to the increasing covid numbers.

26th Nov 2021


SSSTDI Annual General Meeting, Elections and Opening Address

Professor Fiona Lyons, President SSSTDI

Session 1 

Chair:  Dr Aisling Loy
Consultsant in GU Medicine, St James’s Hospital



Abstract 1: Evaluation of the impact of HIV pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) on new HIV diagnoses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Keane1, S O Regan1, L Quinn1, D Murphy1, Brendan O Kelly1, A Lynam1, F Lyons1, E Devitt1


PLENARY: “The Context and Health Impacts on the Victims of Human Trafficking, Sexually Exploited and Prostituted Women”

Ms Linda Latham

HSE Anti-human trafficking/Womens Health Services, Dublin


Abstract 2:  Response to an outbreak of HIV among people who inject drugs in the homeless community

M.McIntyre, T.E. Donnelly, S. McGinley, L.McVeigh, G. Armstrong, S.Semple, S.Quah, M.Hunter, S.Todd

GUM department, RVH, Belfast

Session 2

Chair: Professor Fiona Lyons, Consultant in GU Medicine, St James’s Hospital



PLENARY: “Insights from a Pandemic War Room- What can we apply to other infections”

Professor Susan Hopkins, Healthcare Epidemiologist Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Public Health England


Comfort Break


Sponsored Satellite Symposium

Real World Experience with 2 Drug Regime from Cork University Hospital
Speaker: Dr Gabriella Rizzo Specialist in Infectious Diseases University College Cork 

Exploring Drug interactions and 2-Drug Regimens (2DR) including Real -World Experience from Germany
Speaker: Professor David Back (Emeritus) of Pharmacology at the University of Liverpool 

Chair:  Ms Ciara Ni Mhurchú Medical Advisor GSK/ViiV Healthcare Ireland


Pharmaceutical Company Update

Topic: Two Drug Regime

Speaker : Jacqueline Jennings (Hospital Representative) GSK/ViiV Healthcare Ireland

Session 3

Chair: Professor Fiona Lyons, Consultant in GU Medicine, St James’s Hospital



Abstract 3 Is COVID-19 a Worthy Competitor of the Title ‘The Great Imitator’?

Salgaonkar.S, Gorman.D, Coleman.T, Sherman.M, Analytis.D, Sharma. J, Rowley.D

Sexual Health Clinic, Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland


Abstract 4 “2 Nurses, 1 Pandemic & a Baby .........oh and a cyber attack Establishing a PrEP service against the odds”

Debbie Marshall ANP Sexual Health, Cliodhna Milne CNM2 Sexual Health, Dr Niamh Lynn Consultant GU/HIV Medicine, North East GUM Service (Drogheda (OLOL) & Dundalk (LCH) )



  1. An update on syphilis epidemiology, Dr Naomi Petty- Saphon, Public Health Specialist
  2. Great Imitator strikes Again……and Again….. Dr John White
  3. Questions from the audience

Expert Panel, Dr John White, Dr Shay Keating, Dr Niamh Lynn and Dr Suzy Todd

Finishes 18:55

27th Nov 2021

Session 4

Chair: Dr Say Quah, Consultant in Genito-Urinary Medicine, Belfast



Abstract 5: Examining ABCD: associations between anxiety, behaviour, chemsex & depression in gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) living with HIV.

Mr David James Field

(CNS, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital & PhD Candidate, University of Aberdeen), et al


Abstract 6: Queer Expressions: What’s important to Irish Gay Men in their healthcare encounters

Dr John Gilmore

University College Dublin



Cervical Screening in Ireland – past, present and future

Professor Noirin Russell
Cervical Check Clinical Director


Comfort Break


Sponsored Satellite Symposium


Dr Mark Lawton, Consultant in Sexual Health & HIV and Clinical Lead
Liverpool Centre for Sexual Health

Chair – Dr Aisling Loy, Consultant in Genito-Urinary Medicine, Dublin

Session 5


PLENARY: Strategic Management and Implementation: The Future of PrEP

Strategic Management and Implementation: The Future of PrEP

Dr Cathal O’Broin, Consultant in Infectious Diseases
St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin


Closing remarks and prize giving

Professor Fiona Lyons, Consultant in GU Medicine, St James’s, Hospital, Dublin