An STI test is carried out based on your specific situation.
A number of (personal) questions will first be asked in order to determine your risk of having an STI. An STI test may be expanded to include additional tests (*) depending on your situation.
The STI test will consist of the following for the majority of clients:
Additional checks will be carried out for the following, where necessary:
- genital warts
- genital herpes
- hepatitis B
- pubic lice
* The STI test that you will be offered is based on national guidelines regarding additional sexual healthcare issued by the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM) (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
Important information regarding the test
Please note the following for a reliable STI test:
- We recommend that you have an appointment at least one week after having (un)safe sexual contact. The exception is if you already have symptoms, in which case we recommend that you attend earlier than this.
- If you have a regular partner, we recommend that you both come in together (please note that you must each arrange a separate appointment).
- If you are taking a course of antibiotics, we recommend that you come for a test one week after finishing the course. The exception is if you already have symptoms, in which case we recommend that you attend earlier than this.
What happens during the test?
The test (consultation) consists of a number of components. This is dependent on your specific situation.
Once you are in the examination room, the community nurse will begin by asking you a number of questions. This is to gain clarity regarding which tests you need to undergo. We will ask about your sexual contacts, among other things.
If you undergo a blood test, this sample will be tested for syphilis, HIV and, where necessary, hepatitis B.
For women, this means an examination with a speculum (internal vaginal examination with a speculum) and for men, this involves a swab taken from the urethra. Men will also be asked to urinate in a pot (you can do this on the toilet after the test). The test may be extended to include a swab from the throat and/or anus. Additional tests may be carried out if indicated.
Some patients can perform part of the test themselves instead of the nurse doing this. For example, women can take a swab from their own vagina, and men can bring a urine sample in with them for the test. This can be carried out in a toilet specially set up for this purpose in the outpatient clinic.
How long will the test take?
The test will generally take 15 to 30 minutes. However, it may, of course, take longer if you are experiencing specific symptoms.