STD self-test

Would you rather not see your GP or cannot go to the GGD (municipal health service)? An STD self-test from How Are You is completely anonymous and can be delivered to any postal address.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are common. STDs can be transmitted during various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact and can cause an infection in and around the genitals (vagina and penis), throat and/or anus. Most STDs do not show signs and symptoms, so you may be infected without knowing it. An STD self-test offers a solution in such cases.

Failure to treat an STD increases the risk of serious, sometimes chronic, consequences such as infertility. Therefore, if you are sexually active, it is important to get tested for STDs regularly.

The most common STDs are: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea (clap), Herpes Genitalis, Genital Warts, Trichomonas, Mycoplasma and Pubic Lice. The STDs Hepatitis B, HIV and Syphilis (lues) are less common.

The most common complaints are: discharge from the penis or vagina, pain or burning during urination, pain around the anus, wounds, warts or blisters around the genitals (penis/vagina), anus or mouth, pain in the scrotum and fever.

Most STDs only show up with an STD self-test two weeks after you have been infected. This is due to the incubation period of the infection. The period between when you become infected and when you experience symptoms is called the incubation period. This is two weeks for most STDs. At the beginning of an infection, the micro-organism that causes the disease (a bacteria, for example) may only be present in small amounts in your sample. This becomes more pronounced during the incubation period, so that an STD can only be reliably tested after this period. In some cases, an STD self-test can be taken earlier, namely if you are already experiencing symptoms. Exact incubation periods for each STD are given below.

We currently offer various STD tests for:

Order an STD self-test

Do you have symptoms that could be an STD? Or do you want to know whether you have an STD? Then complete our test questionnaire or order the STD self-test directly in our webshop.

  • icon It is completely anonymous;
  • icon You can always come to us:
  • icon You do not have to go directly to a healthcare provider;
  • icon The test is just as reliable as the one carried out at the doctor's;
  • icon Our doctor-microbiologist will assess your results and give you tailored advice;

STDs and consequences

Chlamydia is the most common STD in the Netherlands and is caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis). The bacteria cause infection of the urethra, cervix, rectum or throat. The infection can spread to the epididymis, uterus or fallopian tubes.

Most people do not notice if they have a Chlamydia infection. It is estimated that around 70% of women and 50% of men have no symptoms at all during a Chlamydia infection. In fact, an infection in the throat or rectum almost never causes any symptoms. Symptoms you can get from Chlamydia are:

 

In men:

  • Increased or abnormal discharge from the penis;
  • Pain in the testes/epididymis;
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating;
  • Throat problems (in the case of an oral infection);
  • Anus: irritation, itching and slimy discharge, pain, (bloody) discharge and diarrhoea.

 

In women:

  • Increased or abnormal vaginal discharge;
  • Pain in the lower abdomen;
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating;
  • Pain during sex;
  • Increased or abnormal vaginal bleeding;
  • Anus: irritation, itching and slimy discharge, pain, (bloody) discharge and diarrhoea.

 

If women are not treated in time, more serious complaints may arise, such as:

  • Pelvic inflammation;
  • Infertility;
  • Ectopic pregnancy;
  • Women who have Chlamydia during pregnancy may infect their baby during delivery. This can lead to eye infections and respiratory tract infections in the baby.

 

In the case of complaints: complete our test questionnaire or order the STD self screening test directly through our webshop..

 

Besmetting, incubatie, preventie en behandeling SOA

Chlamydia can be transmitted through various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact. The bacteria can be found in the vagina, urethra, anus and/or throat. You can infect your partner with an STD during unprotected sex. Chlamydia can be prevented by using condoms during sex. You usually become infected through contact between the penis and anus or vagina and penis. You can also become infected by contact with hands, sex toys and during oral sex. Please note that you can also catch an STD during safe sex, when using a condom.

If you have Chlamydia, it is important that your sex partner(s) is/are also informed, tested and treated, to prevent further infections.

Chlamydia heeft een incubatietijd van ongeveer 14 dagen. Dat wil zeggen dat vóór die tijd de bacterie potentieel nog niet aantoonbaar bij u is. Wanneer u zich te vroeg laat testen is het mogelijk dat de uitslag aangeeft dat u niet besmet bent terwijl u dat eigenlijk wel bent.

Chlamydia can be easily treated with orally administered antibiotics. The type of antibiotic depends on the place where you are infected: in your genitals (vagina or penis), throat or anus. At How Are You Diagnostics, you can download a certificate with the results after your test. If you have tested positive for Chlamydia, you can show this certificate to your doctor so that you do not have to be tested again, but can receive treatment immediately.

Gonorrhoea — popularly known as the clap — is, next to Chlamydia, the most common STD in the Netherlands and it is caused by a bacterium (Neisseria gonorrhoeae). Gonorrhoea can be transmitted through various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact. It causes infections of the urethra, rectum, throat and epididymis in men and infections of the urethra, cervix, fallopian tubes, throat and rectum in women.

Gonorrhoea is not always accompanied by symptoms. Women, in particular, often (50-60%) experience no symptoms during the entire infection. Also, complaints occur almost exclusively with infections of the genitals and much less with inflammations of the throat or intestine. Symptoms you can get from Gonorrhoea are:

 

In men:

  • A pus-like discharge from the penis;
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating;
  • Itching or irritation of the anus (in the case of an anal infection);
  • Mucous discharge from the anus (in the case of an anal infection).

 

If men are not treated in time, more serious complaints may arise, such as:

  • Inflammation of the epididymis;
  • Inflammation of the prostate.

 

In women:

  • Increased or abnormal vaginal discharge;
  • Increased or abnormal vaginal bleeding;
  • Mucous discharge from the anus (in the case of an anal infection);
  • Itching or irritation of the anus (in the case of an anal infection);
  • Mucous discharge from the anus (in the case of an anal infection).

 

If women are not treated in time, more serious complaints may arise, such as:

  • Pelvic inflammation;
  • Infertility;
  • Ectopic pregnancy.

 

In the case of complaints: complete our test questionnaire or order the STD self screening test directly through our webshop..

 

Infection, incubation, prevention and treatment

Gonorrhoea can be transmitted through various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact. The bacteria can be found in the vagina, urethra, anus and/or throat. You can infect your partner with an STD during unprotected sex. Gonorrhoea can be prevented by using condoms during sex. You usually become infected through contact between the penis and anus or vagina and penis. You can also become infected by contact with hands, sex toys and during oral sex. Please note that you can also catch an STD during safe sex, when using a condom.

If you have Gonorrhoea, it is important that your sex partner(s) is/are also informed, tested and treated, in order to prevent further infections.

Gonorroe heeft een incubatietijd van 2-21 dagen, gemiddeld 5 dagen. Dat wil zeggen vóór die tijd de bacterie potentieel nog niet aantoonbaar bij u is. Als u geen symptomen ervaart raden wij u aan langer te wachten, minimaal 21 dagen. Wanneer u zich te vroeg laat testen is het mogelijk dat de uitslag aangeeft dat u niet besmet bent terwijl u dat eigenlijk wel bent. Als u geen klachten heeft is het belangrijk, dat u de hierboven aangeraden incubatieperiode afwacht voordat u een test afneemt.

Gonorrhoea can easily be treated with antibiotics taken orally. At How Are You Diagnostics, you can download a certificate with the results after your test. If you have tested positive for Gonorrhoea you can show this certificate to your doctor so that you do not have to be tested again, but can receive treatment immediately.

In women who have Gonorrhoea during pregnancy, the baby may become infected during childbirth. This can lead to an eye infection in the baby.

Trichomonas is an STD caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. Trichomonas can be transmitted through various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact. The parasite causes infections of the urethra, throat and epididymis in men and infections of the urethra and throat in women.

GPs and GGDs do not routinely test for this STD, unless you are negative for other, more common STDs in the Netherlands. Symptoms vary from person to person, but in most cases few or no symptoms are experienced. Trichomonas therefore often goes unnoticed, but it does weaken your immune system and puts you at a higher risk of contracting other STDs.

The majority of people with Trichomonas have no symptoms, often throughout the infection. In general, women experience symptoms earlier than men. Symptoms you can get from Trichomonas are:

 

In men:

  • Abnormal discharge from the penis;
  • Inflammation of the glans and/or skin of the penis;
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating.

 

If men are not treated in time, in rare cases more serious complaints may arise, such as:

  • Inflammation of the prostate and epididymis;
  • Inflammation of the glans;

 

In women:

  • Red, inflamed, and/or painful vagina
  • Itching of the vagina
  • Change in vaginal odor (often described as fishy smell)
  • Yellow-green vaginal fluid (possibly foamy)
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • There is evidence that inflammation during pregnancy may occasionally lead to premature birth and retarded growth of the child

 

In the case of complaints: complete our test questionnaire or order the STD self screening test directly through our webshop..

 

Infection, incubation, prevention and treatment

Trichomonas can be transmitted through various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact. The infection can be in the vagina, urethra, anus and/or throat. You can infect your partner with an STD during unprotected sex. Chlamydia can be prevented by using condoms during sex. You usually become infected through contact between the penis and anus or vagina and penis. You can also become infected by contact with hands, sex toys and during oral sex. Please note that you can also get an STD during safe sex. Using a condom does not provide 100% protection.

If you have Trichomonas, it is important that your sex partner(s) is/are also informed, tested and treated in order to prevent further infections.

Trichomonas heeft een incubatietijd van 4-28 dagen. Dat wil zeggen vóór die tijd de bacterie potentieel nog niet aantoonbaar bij u is. Als u symptomen ervaart raden wij aan in ieder geval 4 dagen te wachten voordat u zich test. Als u geen symptomen ervaart raden wij u aan langer te wachten, minimaal 21 dagen. Wanneer u zich te vroeg laat testen is het mogelijk dat de uitslag aangeeft dat u niet besmet bent terwijl u dat eigenlijk wel bent. Als u geen klachten heeft is het belangrijk, dat u de hierboven aangeraden incubatieperiode afwacht voordat u een test afneemt.

Trichomonas can be easily treated with antibiotics taken orally. At How Are You Diagnostics, you can download a certificate with the results after your test. If you have tested positive for Trichomonas you can show this certificate to your doctor so that you do not have to be tested again, but can receive treatment immediately.

Mycoplasma is an STD caused by the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium. Mycoplasma can be transmitted by various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact.

In men, the bacteria mainly cause inflammations of the urethra, in women inflammations of the urethra and vagina.

GPs and GGDs do not routinely test for this STD, unless you are negative for other, more common STDs in the Netherlands. Despite the fact that the STD is somewhat unknown, research shows that Mycoplasma occurs more frequently than Gonorrhoea. Symptoms vary from person to person, but in most cases few or no symptoms are experienced. Symptoms you can get from Mycoplasma are:

 

In men:

  • Watery discharge from the penis;
  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating.

 

In women:

  • Increased or abnormal discharge;
  • Inflammation of the urethra, cervix and/or ovaries.

 

There is no clear scientific evidence on long-term symptoms if the inflammation is not treated.

 

In the case of complaints: complete our test questionnaire or order the STD self screening test directly through our webshop..

 

Infection, incubation, prevention and treatment

Mycoplasma can be transmitted by various forms of (unsafe) sexual contact. The infection can be in the vagina, urethra, anus and/or throat. You can infect your partner with an STD during unprotected sex. Mycoplasma can be prevented by using condoms during sex. You usually become infected through contact between the penis and anus or vagina and penis. You can also become infected by contact with hands, sex toys and during oral sex. Please note that you can also get an STD during safe sex. Using a condom does not provide 100% protection.

If you have Mycoplasma, it is important that your sex partner(s) is/are informed, tested and treated to prevent further infections.

Omdat er niet standaard getest wordt op Mycoplasma is de duur van de incubatietijd nog onduidelijk. Voor de zekerheid houden wij een relatief lange incubatietijd aan van 8-28 dagen. Dat wil zeggen vóór die tijd de bacterie potentieel nog niet aantoonbaar bij u is. Als u geen symptomen ervaart raden wij u aan minimaal 21 dagen te wachten,. Wanneer u zich te vroeg laat testen is het mogelijk dat de uitslag aangeeft dat u niet besmet bent terwijl u dat eigenlijk wel bent. Als u geen klachten heeft is het belangrijk, dat u de hierboven aangeraden incubatieperiode afwacht voordat u een test afneemt.

Mycoplasma can be easily treated with antibiotics taken orally. At How Are You Diagnostics, you can download a certificate with the results after your test. If you have tested positive for Mycoplasma you can show this certificate to your doctor so that you do not have to be tested again, but can receive treatment immediately.

NOT SURE WHICH STD SELF-TEST

TO ORDER?

Our STD self-test 

De SOA zelftesten die wij bij How Are You Diagnostics aanbieden zijn dezelfde laboratoriumtesten zoals ook door ziekenhuislaboratoria worden uitgevoerd. Wij onderscheiden ons door het grootste deel van onze SOA testen via een zelfafnamekit aan te bieden. Dit betekent dat u onze testen op elk postadres kunt laten bezorgen, waarna u zelf de monsterafname voor de gekozen test op ieder moment kunt uitvoeren. U kunt dus net als bij een zelftest/ thuistest uw monster thuis afnemen.

Voor sommige SOA’s – zoals Chlamydia – kunt u ook een SOA thuistest kopen bij de drogist of apotheek. U moet dan uw monster op een speciaal stripje laten vallen en u krijgt direct de uitslag.

Echter, het is veel betrouwbaarder om de test uit te laten voeren in een laboratorium en het resultaat van de thuistest te laten bepalen met behulp van betere technieken, waarna deze beoordeeld wordt door een arts (arts-microbioloog). Onze zelftest is volledig anoniem.

Een SOA zelftest kunt u daarnaast ook bij uw huisarts of in het ziekenhuis laten doen, maar deze zijn vaak dubbel zo duur.

How does an STD self-test work? 

Wij hebben speciale thuis testen ontwikkeld zodat jij ze gemakkelijk thuis, op ieder gewenst moment, kunt uitvoeren. Het geeft snel zekerheid en helpt belangrijke vragen te beantwoorden.

Om de test uit te voeren maakt u gebruik van onze How Are You Diagnostics App. Deze App is te downloaden in de App Store en de Google Play Store. Hierin maakt u een persoonlijk account aan, koppelt u de test aan uw account en wordt u stap voor stap uitgelegd hoe u de test uitvoert. Verstuur de test en ontvang het resultaat in uw persoonlijke account van onze beveiligde App. Het is niet mogelijk om het testresultaat te ontvangen zonder het gebruik van de App.

Verstuur de test zo snel mogelijk na afname; dit kan gratis via een reguliere PostNL brievenbus.

De testen van How Are You Diagnostics worden geanalyseerd in ons eigen ISO 15189 en NEN 7510 gecertificeerde laboratorium en beoordeeld door onze eigen specialisten (arts-microbioloog). Tijdens het gehele proces gaan we vertrouwelijk met uw gegevens om. Na ontvangst in het laboratorium ontvangt u binnen 5 werkdagen de resultaten in de App. U ontvangt een melding als het resultaat beschikbaar is.

De inhoud van onze SOA thuistest + stappenplan 

Inhoud van de test:

  • informatiebrief;
  • afnameset;
    • urine afname set (urine bakje en een pipet), of;
    • wattenstaafje/swab;
  • afnamebuisje
  • retouroplossing (RigidSafetyBag en een gefrankeerde retourenvelop).

De afname instructies zijn te vinden in de How Are You Diagnostics App.

 

Testen in vier stappen:

  1. Download de How Are You Diagnostics App
    Download onze App in de App Store (iOS) of Google Play Store (Android).
    Registreer een account of log in.
  2. Doe de test
    Scan de code van de buis/container of voer deze handmatig in.
    Start de afname.
  3. Verstuur de test
    Verstuur de test naar ons laboratorium.
  4. Ontvang het testresultaat
    Ontvang en bekijk het resultaat van de test in de App.

VIEW ALL OUR

SELF-SAMPLING TESTS