Sunday 18 August 2019

Fewer people tested for STDs but infections are up



Some 136,000 people underwent a test for a sexually transmitted disease in the Netherlands last year, a drop of 3% on 2014, according to new figures from the public health institute RIVM.

Of them, 17% were found to have an STD, compared with 15.5% in the year before. The number of both men and woman found to have chlamydia, which can lead to infertility, rose 5% and there was a 27% increase in syphilis infections – mainly among gay men.

The number of hiv tests carried out on straight men and women last year plummeted 44%. This is because tests are only free if there is a ‘medical indication’ of possible infection, the RIVM said.

Last year, 288 people tested positive for hiv, a drop of 11% on 2014. Of them, 90% were either gay or bisexual men, the RIVM said. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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