Frequently Asked Questions
Being able to enjoy sex is important. Do you have questions or concerns? Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Is your question and answer not listed? On sense.info you will find many more answers to questions about sexuality, relationships and STDs. You can also email or call us or ask your question free of charge and anonymously via the sense-chat. Or make an appointment at the sense-clinic.
Only the GGD and you know that you have been to the consultation. No letter goes to your family doctor unless you want it to. No mail is ever sent to your insurance or your home address. Of course it is useful to have information such as your name, date of birth, zip code, phone number and e-mail address. These are needed to give you the results.
The Sexual Health Center of GGD Flevoland will handle your personal data with care and confidentiality.
The data we collect are shared without your name, date of birth and address with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The RIVM has the legal task of evaluating the care provided by Sexual Health Centers. If you do not want your data to be shared with RIVM, you can indicate this during your appointment. More information can be found on the RIVM website.
For more information on how we handle privacy, please see GGD Flevoland's privacy statement.
Your records will be kept. This is important for proper care now and later. We are required by law to keep medical records for 15 years. We do not share your personal data with others without your permission. If you wish to have your personal data removed you can only request this in writing.
We never send mail to your home address. In consultation with you, we can sometimes agree to send a letter to your GP. But we only do this if you want us to.
At the CSG of GGD Flevoland we can test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, syphilis and HIV. Sometimes we also test for herpes and trichomonas. Exactly what is tested depends on the risk you have run and what symptoms you have.
For young people (up to 25 years old) and people who are more at risk of STIs through sex, an STI test at the GGD is free. STI testing at the GGD is paid for by the government.
You are not supposed to come with two people at one appointment. However, sometimes it is possible to both make an appointment for an STD test on the same day. You will then have a separate conversation with the nurse or doctor.
No, in men, urine testing is standard. If unable to urinate, examination with a cotton swab may be offered.
It is not a problem if you are menstruating on the day the STI test is taken. This does not affect the result.
GGD Flevoland no longer offers HIV rapid testing. When testing, we use the standard laboratory tests. These tests can detect HIV infections at an earlier stage than HIV rapid tests.
At the GGD, we cannot test your blood for herpes or genital warts. For herpes, we test a small amount of wound fluid from the vesicles/sores. Whether you have genital warts is determined by the doctor based on physical examination. If you have no symptoms of this, it cannot be determined.
Usually the results are known within a week. Sometimes this may take a little longer. If you haven't heard from us after 2 weeks, you can call 088-0029910 (Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm) to ask for the results. Please have the card with your codes handy for this.
If you have taken a test at the GGD, we will provide treatment. We will make an appointment with you for this. If you took a test at your family doctor's office, then you have to see your family doctor for treatment.
It is often hard to tell how long you had an STI before you were tested. If you have had an STI test once before, and did not have an STI then, you probably did not contract the STI until after that.
With most STIs, this is not the case. Once the STI is treated, you are rid of it and your defenses are the same as before. With HIV, this is a different story because HIV can cause your immunity to be worse.
No, each STI is a separate infection. So it is not true that chlamydia can turn into gonorrhea. However, you can also contract gonorrhea in the same way as chlamydia.
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