In the Netherlands there is a lot of attention for STIs (sexually transmitted infections).
In 2007 an STI was found in 11% of the people who were tested for STIs and who had heterosexual contacts. This was 21% among the men who were tested for STIs and who had homosexual contacts.
Self-test chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas
You can take a self-test for the STIs chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomonas, even if you have no complaints. A self-test kit can be obtained from the GP practice assistant. Instructions for men and women can be found in the supplied manual.
On the same day that you take the self-test you must send it to or hand it in at the GGD (Municipal Health Service).
Make an appointment
If you do have complaints, such as a burning sensation when you urinate or a change in discharge, make an appointment with the general practitioner.
You can also be tested for other STIs such as syphilis (lues), hepatitis B, C or HIV. This is done through blood tests. For this, you make an appointment with the general practitioner. You will then be given a application form to have a blood sample taken.
We receive the result from the GGD within a week after the test has been delivered. We will try to inform you of the result electronically or by phone. If you have not heard from us, you are requested to call the assistant for the result.