What is an STD?

It is a term that you would rather not think about too much and that you should take into account: SOA. The abbreviation stands for S.sexual Otolerable adisorder. There are many different types of these, such as:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Genital warts
  • Herpes
  • Lues
  • A urethral infection
  • Hepatitis B
  • Scabies
  • HIV
  • Pubic lice
  • Trichomoniasis

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are the most common. Symptoms vary greatly per condition: think of unusual discharge, itching around the genitals and pain when urinating. Are you constantly dealing with any of these phenomena? Then take a test via SoaStudentArts.nl or consult your doctor.

What is the chance of an STD?

The more often you have unsafe sex, the more likely you are to contract an STD. It's that simple. We notice that the number of tests is increasing among men who are sexually active with other men, but also among sex workers and young people under the age of 25. Therefore STDs are detected more quickly among these three target groups. On average, sexually transmitted diseases are actually found among more than 18% of the tests performed by general practitioners and STD clinics.

That seems like a fairly low number, but you don't immediately feel safe. To prevent yourself from contracting an STD or transmitting it to others, it is very important that sex is not only pleasant but also safe.

What is the incubation period for an STD?

The incubation period of an STD says something about the period that elapses between the actual infection and the first clinical (ie laboratory-demonstrable) symptoms. The window phase indicates after which period an infection can be detected with sufficient certainty by testing. The incubation time and window phase according to NHG standards for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV are shown below. In the case of complaints, however, it is always recommended to test earlier and if that test result is negative, it is recommended for chlamydia and gonorrhea to retest after 3 weeks and to retest after 3 months for syphilis and HIV.

Chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common STD. The proportion of chlamydia in men and women is stable among general practitioners. Recent research shows that in Groningen 24% of the tests give a positive chlamydia result, so that's pratically a quarter of all tests!

Incubation time: 1-3 weeks
Window phase: 3 weeks

Gonorrhea
This STD mainly occurs in homosexual men. There is also an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with gonorrhea among general practitioners. This increase was mainly among people older than 25 years.

Incubation time: 2-14 days (average of 8 days)
Window phase: 3 weeks

Syphilis
Almost all cases (95%) of syphilis occur in homosexual men. The number of diagnosed cases among women and heterosexual men was extremely low in 2017.

Incubation time: 10-90 days
Window phase: 3 months

HIV
In 2017, more than 1,000 new people with HIV came to the Dutch HIV treatment centers. The number of new HIV infections is slowly decreasing. Two thirds of HIV infections are diagnosed in homosexual men.

Incubation time: max. 3 months
Window phase: 3 months

When should I take an STD test?

You may have had unprotected sex with one or more partners within a short period of time. Perhaps you are not (completely) sure about one of them or you experience complaints that correspond to the examples we have mentioned above. In that case, it is wise to contact your doctor or a reliable person with us STD test to order. You can also contact us for reliable information Thuisarts.nl and STI AIDS Netherlands.

Both men as women can contact us. As soon as it turns out that you actually have an STD, you've come to the right place for the best aftercare. For example, with us it is possible to request the necessary medication immediately and have it delivered to your home. We are also your point of contact if you have questions about the condition and what you can do best for successful treatment. Together we do everything we can to make you physically and mentally healthy again!