Self-testing for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis.
In the Netherlands much attention is paid to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In 2007, 11 % of heterosexual contacts who had an STD test, and 21 % of the men who have sex with men, were found to have an STD.
Via self-testing you can be checked for the sexually transmitted diseases chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis, even if you have no complaints. This takes place by means of a self-testing set, which you can get from the assistant and then can post on the day of sampling or hand in at the Public Health Service (GGD).
If you do have complaints, such as a burning sensation when urinating or a change in discharge, we ask you to make an appointment with the GP.
It is also possible to be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis (lues), hepatitis B, C or HIV, via a blood test. For this you make an appointment with the GP, who will give you a laboratory form for blood sampling.
The sampling instruction for men and women is included in the accompanying leaflet.
Within a week after the test has been handed in, we will receive the results from the GGD. We will try to inform you of the results electronically or by telephone. If you have heard nothing, we ask you to call the assistant for the results.
For more information on sexually transmitted diseases: