The STI test
An STI test is the only way to be certain that you do not have an STI or HIV. A standard STI test checks for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. Vaccination against hepatitis B is discussed. A standard STI test is done on people with a high risk. If there are clear symptoms, a test can focus on a specific STI.
You can find the nearest municipal STI clinic using the clinic locator
Why have an STI test?
- Because you are in a new relationship and you want to have sex without a condom
- Because you have had unprotected sex
- Because a condom got torn
- Because a partner or ex-partner has notified you that he or she has an STI
- Physical symptoms, like warts, sores, (increased or different) discharge, pain when urinating
- You are pregnant and do not want to transmit any STI to your child
- Certainty. Also if you had unprotected sex in the past
- If you are in doubt, take the online STI test (Dutch)
When to have an STI test
If you have symptoms, go to a doctor immediately
Are you worried after having unprotected sex or because a condom got torn, but you do not have symptoms (yet)? Two weeks later, an STI test can show whether you have an STI.
If you have no symptoms, an HIV test is only advisable three months after unprotected sex. It can take three months before your body starts producing antibodies. Only then can an HIV test show whether you are seropositive.