The General Practitioner
With all the questions and complaints about Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) you can go to the family doctor. Supposing you have had unprotected sex and you might be concerning about having an STD, or if you just stepped into a new relationship and want to know how to deal with it, then your questions will be answered by a GP. According to current guidelines you will be given an advice and you (depending on risks) can be tested for various STDs.
GP’s in East Utrecht and the downtown is in collaboration with Saltro developed a reliable STD self-test. Women can deliver samples by a swab and man can deliver urine to the doctor. After the procedure the samples will go to the laboratory, and you get the results from the GP. Fast and simple, very patient-friendly.
The STD clinic of the GGD is for people who have a markedly increased risk for an STD. These include men who have unprotected sex with men, people who visit prostitutes or self-employed in prostitution and people from areas where HIV and hepatitis occur frequently. These people can be tested via the GGD / STD clinic or be referred by their GP. The doctor can make a proper risk assessment.
You do not have to go to your family doctor or to an STD clinic, the easiest alternative is that you can do an STD self-test. Read on STI AIDS Netherlands website about STD tests. Please note: a self-test is never a substitute for a consultation with a doctor or STD clinic. Still rather take a self-test? Take a look at www.saltrodirectlab.nl.