Of course we hope not! But if you've had unprotected sex, there's a chance. Therefore, always pay close attention to the symptoms that fit STDs. In any case, if you have complaints, it is best to have a definite answer as early as possible. If you wait too long, it is possible that you will spread the STD further or that you will have annoying complaints. In short, it is extremely important for you and those around you that you detect and treat any sexually transmitted disease quickly. This way you prevent further progression of the disease and its spread.
What are STD symptoms?
Of course you only know for sure if you have an STD when you have an Order an STD test. But the signs that indicate it could of course be the reason you request an STD test. These can be very diverse. Both men as women can suffer from, among other things:
- Irritation and itching
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Unusual discharge or fluid from the vagina/penis
- Red skin and / or flakes around your genitals or mouth
- Warts, blisters, bumps and sores
- Loss of urine
- Pain in your abdomen or on your penis or vagina
How do you recognize an STD?
The above symptoms can therefore indicate an STD infection. However, doing a reliable STD test is the only way to be absolutely sure. Keep in mind the so-called incubation period: it is important to only test for chlamydia and gonorrhea (the most common sexually transmitted diseases) after 3 weeks after unprotected sex. For HIV, lues and hepatitis, this period is 3 months. Here you can read more about the incubation period and window phase.
So pay close attention to the symptoms and request your STD test in time, or if in doubt make an appointment with your doctor.
When should you test for an STD?
In fact, always when you experience these symptoms and if you think there is a chance that you have contracted an STD. But also if you know that a sex partner - or a partner of that partner - experiences complaints or has tested positive for an STD test. Of course you will not hear this from us, since we handle everyone's data and therefore your data with care. Ordering an STD test and requesting the result is completely anonymous via our website. For example, your data will never be provided to your GP and you even have the option to order your medicines from us. In addition, we are ready for you with appropriate aftercare, so that you always get the right help with a positive result. In this way we keep care professional and accessible.
By the way, feel free to discuss the test result with your doctor and make an appointment if the STD test does not show chlamydia or gonorrhea, while you do experience complaints or have doubts about your health.
Specific reasons for an STD test
Below are a number of reasons for taking an STD test:
- You have had unsafe sex
- You have complaints that are consistent with an STD
- You have been warned about an STD
- You are in a committed relationship and want to stop using the condom
- You recently became pregnant
- You have a spiral placed
- There is (other) risk factors (see 'When are you more likely to get an STD?'), as is the case if you have many different bed partners or if you are a man and have sex with men.
Go through the test guide to get more clarity about your situation or contact your doctor, because in some cases extensive testing is required.