Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Sexual health is a delicate matter. Many people who have an STD may not be aware of this, because lot of people don’t develop any symptoms. The GPs at IHCR are experienced in diagnosing sexually transmitted infections and can provide a proper treatment. They can carry out a sexual health screen to check for gonorrhoea, HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and Hepatitis A, B or C. Regular sexual health screens are advised depending on the number of sexual partners you have and whether proper protection (condoms) is used.
Sexual health – better safe than sorry
To prevent yourself from getting a sexual transmitted disease, the best way is to use a condom when having intercourse. Also, take care that you use the condom properly. In the Netherlands condoms are available in almost every supermarket, pharmacies and even a lot of clubs and restaurants have vending machines. Female condoms are harder to obtain, but are available in most pharmacies. You can get them without a prescription.
Concerned about your sexual health?
Are you wondering if you might have a sexual transmitted disease? As stated, many STDs don’t have any signs or symptoms, espacially in early stages. There are some diseases that have or can have symptoms, though.
- lower abdominal pain
- painful urination
- discharge (vaginal or penile)
- painful testicles (men)
- pain during intercourse (women)
- bleeding in between periods (women)
- cloudy or bloody discharge (penis or vagina)
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- bleeding between periods
- pain when urinating
- painful testicles
- anal itching
Genital herpes symptoms
- small red bumps around the genital and anal area
- blisters or sores around the genital and anal area
- pain around the genital and anal area
- itching around the genital and anal area
HIV symptoms (early)
- sore throat
- swollen lymph nodes