As the saying goes: “Got laid? Get tested!”. Have you had unprotected sex? Did a condom break or fall off during sex? Many Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) never show any symptoms, or symptoms don’t appear until much later, though the infection can do serious harm if left unattended. What can you do? See below for good starting points.
Your General Practitioner (GP)
Your GP is the first person to contact for (advice on) an STI test. The GP can carry out a test for you, though the costs will not be covered by the municipality. There is a chance that your insurance will cover it – you are advised to confirm this with your insurance company beforehand.
Sexual Health Department, GGD regio Utrecht
The Sexual Health Department of the GGD regio Utrecht (GGDrU) has consultation hours for people who want to do an STI test. The test at the GGD is free, but not everyone can go to the GGD for a test. You can call for an appointment if you are younger than 25 years old, have been warned about an STI, have STI complaints, or have sex with men as a man. See their website for more information or to make an appointment.
- GGD Regio Utrecht, www.ggdru.nl
- Location: Municipal Office, Stadsplateau 1, Utrecht (next to Utrecht Central Station)
Sense and Sense clinic
The organisation ‘Sense’ can give help and advice, and can help you arrange for a STI test nearby. See their website for more information.
- Sense, www.sens.info
Remember, if in doubt it is important to inform your sexual partner(s) that there is also a chance they have an STI.