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Questions regarding the examination

Is the examination painful?

No, the examination will not be painful, but it could be sensitive. It is important to remain as relaxed as possible during the examination. If you are too tense, the examination may seem painful.

Do I need to fast (have an empty stomach) for the examination?

No, it is not necessary to have an empty stomach for these tests. We do, however, recommend that you eat something before the examination so that you do not feel faint during the blood tests.

Can I be examined if I am on my period?

Yes you can. The bacteria (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas) can be traced at all times. It may be the case that the examination is a little more sensitive. However, if your specific symptom is related to discharge, we cannot assess this very well during your period. If this is the case, we recommend that you attend once your period has finished.

I had unprotected sex yesterday, can I be tested now?

It is too early to be tested now. You must wait a minimum of one week to 10 days before you can be tested. However, if you experience symptoms, you must contact us before this. If you think you may have been infected with HIV, please refer to the information regarding PEP.

I am currently taking medication, can I still undergo an examination?

If you are currently taking an antibiotic, it is better if you have an appointment one week after ending the course of antibiotics. It may be the case that we cannot get completely reliable test results. However, if you are experiencing symptoms you must, of course, come to see us so that we can see whether you can be examined.