The Middle East and Mediterranean

There is a relatively higher incidence of STIs among migrants from the Middle East and Mediterranean region (including Turkey and Morocco) than among the indigenous population of the Netherlands.

Gonorrhoea and chlamydia are often encountered when migrants are tested at the Community Health Centre’s STI clinic. Many STIs are easy to treat when detected early. Are you from the Middle East or Mediterranean region? Get tested! Better safe than sorry.

Test advice

First generation migrants (born in their country of origin) as well as migrants who are 25 years old or older (both first and second generation) run a higher risk of contracting an STI than second generation migrants (one or both of your parents were born in their country of origin). We therefore give the following advice:

Are you 25 years old or older:

Are you younger than 25 years?
And 1st generation migrant?

  • Make sure you get tested at least once for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B
  • Are you at increased risk of contracting an STI? Get tested at regular intervals

And 2nd generation migrant?

  • Make sure you get tested at least once for chlamydia and gonorrhoea
  • Are you at increased risk of contracting an STI? Get tested at regular intervals, including HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B

When do you have a higher risk of contracting an STI?

 

  • If you have sex with people from countries where STIs are more prevalent
  • If you have sex for money
  • If you have sex with more than one partner
  • If you are a man who (also) has sex with men
  • If you inject drugs
  • If your partner belongs to one or more of the above-mentioned groups


Always get tested immediately:

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