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Doing an STD test

Are you at risk of catching a venereal disease, also known as a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you are, you can visit the Public Health Service for a test and treatment, confidentially and free of charge. In principle, an appointment is private. Young people and people with a mental handicap can choose to have a parent or guardian accompany them during a consultation. If you want to find out what an STD test involves, watch this film.

Plan your appointment online

You can make an appointment using the online appointment module. Follow the steps in the programme. In some cases, you may still have to phone the Public Health Service; the programme determines this based on the data that you enter. Phone our call centre if you prefer to make an appointment by telephone, or if you have questions or need advice:

088 - 880 50 72

Monday up to and including Friday, 08:00 – 12:15 hours. Afternoons too on Monday and Wednesdays, from 13:30 – 15:30 hours.

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When can you contact us for a test?

When can you contact us for a test?

The Public Health Service will test you if you have been exposed to an increased risk of an STD. This applies to the following groups:

  • Young people aged up to and including 24 years;
  • Men who have sex with other men;
  • If you are a woman and your sex partner has sex with men;
  • If you are paid for sex;
  • If you are warned by a sex partner who has an STD;
  • If you have had an STD in the past year;
  • If you have symptoms that could indicate an STD;
  • If you are (or were) the victim of sexual violence;
  • If you or your sex partner comes from a place where STDs are endemic: Surinam, the former Dutch Antilles, Turkey, Africa, South America, Asia or eastern Europe.

You can still contact us if you do not belong to one of these groups; together with you, we will look at the possibilities. Sometimes we may have to refer you to your GP or an approved online provider.

Questions about sex

Questions about sex

Many people have questions about sexuality or encounter problems. Young people aged up to and including 24 years can contact the Public Health Service for a consultation, for example, about experiencing pain during intercourse, or problems relating to erection or orgasm. You can also contact the Public Health Service with questions about, e.g., contraception, your sexual orientation and girl circumcision. All conversations are confidential.

Do you still find it difficult to contact the Public Health Service? Every day, on www.sense.info you can chat anonymously with a Public Health Service nurse.

Risk of HIV?

Risk of HIV?

If you have had unsafe sex with a person who is (or may be) infected with HIV, then you too are at risk of being infected with HIV. A course of treatment would reduce your chance of being HIV-positive. This course is known as PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis). PEP involves four weeks of treatment with HIV-inhibitors.
Starting quickly is important: within 72 hours after you had unsafe sex.

Do you think you are eligible for PEP? If so, contact us immediately by phone. Unable to reach us? In that case, contact the nearest emergency care department, preferably one with an HIV treatment centre. In the Limburg region, this is Maastricht University Medical Centre.

Urgent questions about PEP or sexual violence?

Urgent questions about PEP or sexual violence?

If you have urgent questions, we can be contacted from Monday to Friday incl., up until 16:30 hours on:

088 - 880 50 72

We can't be reached?

In that case, contact the nearest emergency care department or GP out-of-hours surgery.