INFORMATION IN ENGLISH
For our English-speaking visitors, we have written the most important information about our product and services in English. It concerns an explanation of how to test for STDs in the Netherlands, the way our product works and, especially, the leaflets in English. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our customer service. We speak English.
STDs in the Netherlands
Just like everywhere else in the world, STDs are common in the Netherlands. Whereas HIV is, fortunately, rare, Chlamydia occurs an estimated 100,000 times a year. And unfortunately, a fairly large part of this goes undetected because in the case of an STD, there will be no symptoms so you will not be tested for it. After Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea is the most common venereal disease but it is much less common than Chlamydia, about 10 times less. Often, STDs do not trigger any symptoms. That makes them insidious and easy to pass on. Testing is the only way to get certainty.
Testing for STDs
In the Netherlands, there are a number of ways to test. Examples are via the municipal health service (also referred to as GGD), a general practitioner (GP) and online alternatives such as testalize.me.
The municipal health service has traditionally been the point of contact for testing for STDs. Testing is free. However, they can only help so-called “high-risk groups”. These are young people up to 25 years old, gay men and sex workers. If you do not fall within one of these groups, you cannot be tested at the municipal health service, not even if you pay. People without a Dutch passport cannot be tested at the municipal health service either.
You can consult your GP for an STD test. Dutch citizens can see their GP by virtue of their medical insurance but for non-insured (and non-Dutch) citizens, the procedure is slightly different in terms of administration and payment. You have to pay for the test yourself, it’s as simple as that. Everyone can see a GP but if you are not insured, you have to pay yourself. Once you are insured, you can simply submit the invoice to the insurer. More about doctors in the Netherlands.
Dutch insurance companies apply a deductable (‘eigen risico’ in Dutch), which means that you have to pay some healthcare costs first before the insurer pays for you. An STD test at the GP can easily set you back 100 Euros.
And then there is testalize.me. We offer an online alternative that allows you to request the test online and perform it in the comfort of your own home. You always pay for it yourself; it is not covered by any insurance. Because you pay, we work just a little faster than others. There are no waiting lists, you know the result within 48 hours and we answer questions within 2 hours. In addition to this fast service, you remain completely anonymous and our tests are a lot cheaper than those conducted by a GP.
How does testalize.me work?
We offer remote diagnostics. In the case of testalize.me, you take the test at home but it is analysed at a laboratory (ISO 15189-accredited). You take body material yourself, such as urine or a swab, and send this material to our lab. This is followed by the analysis and you will receive a certified result within 48 hours. This result is authorised by our medical microbiologist. If you test positive, you need to be treated. If you cannot see your own doctor (because you have none, for example) we can refer you to a GP who will treat you without being registered with him. Click here for a list of doctors who can treat you without being a patient with them.
Please be aware of the fact that you can test for the most common STDs with testalize.me, i.e. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. We do not test for HIV.
If you decide to take a test via testalize.me, a Dutch leaflet will be enclosed with the package. Although the information is supported by images, the Dutch texts can be hard to understand, which is why we have translated our leaflets into English. You can download them here.
STD-TEST FOR WOMEN (SOA-TEST VROUW in Dutch)
STD-TEST FOR MEN (SOA-TEST MAN in Dutch)
STD-TEST ORAL (SOA-TEST ORAAL in Dutch)
STD-TEST ANAL (SOA-TEST ANAAL in Dutch)
Keep in mind that our tests can only be used in the Netherlands. You need to send the ‘retourbox’ back to us with PostNL, the Dutch postal service.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. You will receive a prompt reply.