The STI examination
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
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.
Request the results online
With your login details you can retrieve the results of the research online. These are on the contact card that you received at the end of your visit to the STI outpatient clinic. If you do not have any login details (anymore) then we advise you to call for the results. The telephone number for results is at the bottom of this page.
We recommend that you check your results during working hours (Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm) so that we - if necessary - can speak to you or receive you as soon as possible at the STI outpatient clinic for treatment. To view your results, enter the pin number, order number and password on the results page. You can then view your personal results.
Pay attention! If you have already been treated during your visit to the outpatient clinic and, according to this site, no additional treatment is required anymore, it may happen that you still have complaints. If you have followed all the advice given and you still have complaints one week after completing the course of antibiotics, please contact us to schedule a possible follow-up check.
Log in for your results
Please note that logging in is only possible after you have received an e-mail and/or text message with the message that your results are known. Online retrieval only works if you have a 06-number in the administration. If this is not the case, you can call for the result 10 days after the examination via telephone number (020) 555 5822, Mon / Fri between 10.15 am and 12.15 pm.
In addition, we would like to point out that your results can only be requested online for one month after the diagnosis has been made. If it is longer than you can call the outpatient clinic.
Warned by sex partners and warning your sex partners
If you have received a warning (anonymous or not) by SMS or e-mail from GGD Amsterdam, we recommend you to make an appointment for an overall STI examination as soon as possible. You can make an appointment request online or make an appointment with your doctor. When making the appointment, state that you have received a warning. Take the text message or printout of the e-mail with you to your appointment with the nurse. For specific STI information, visit www.soa.nl.
Warnings of sex partners: If an STI is found in the clinic, the nurse will discuss the warning of sexual partners with you. There are different ways to warn sex partners; you can do this yourself, but it can also be done anonymously with a text or e-mail via the results page or by the nurse. To anonymously warn sex partners, go to your results page and log in with your personal codes. On this page you will find the possibility to send a message anonymously via text or email. Make a note of the telephone number or e-mail address of the partners to be notified and click on the Send button. The sender with the message is: GGD Adam. This message cannot be traced to your file or personal information.
Please note that the outpatient clinic examination is not always a complete STI examination. It is possible that you will still be referred to your doctor. Visitors to the outpatient clinic often say that examination by the doctor costs more money, depending on your deductible. Unfortunately, that is no reason for the GGD to carry out an STI examination.