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Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are two of the most common STIs, but often have no symptoms. Whether you have recently had unprotected sex or have a new sexual partner, getting tested regularly for chlamydia and gonorrhoea is a good idea. This simple test involves either a swab or urine sample and can be taken from home in minutes.

Test mode:

For men: a urine test

For women: a vaginal swab test

For infections of the throat or anus: a swab test

Window Period:

The window period is the time between when you were infected with an STI and when it is detectable with a test. See the ‘About this test’ section or the blog ‘When can you be tested for STIs?for more information about when you can reliably test for each STI.

What do we test for?

Chlamydia Gonorrhoea
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About the test
Symptoms for Men
Symptoms for Women
Summary of Biomarkers
FAQ
About the test result

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What does the result of this test mean?

Anyone who orders a home test from us will receive a complete laboratory report.

What does a negative test result mean?

A negative test result means that no chlamydia or gonorrhoea were found in the test material you supplied and that no STI treatment is required.

What does a positive test result mean?

A positive test result means that one or more STIs has been found and that treatment is needed. For your own health and to prevent the spread of STIs, it is important that you receive treatment if you test positive.

In the case of a positive test result, you can take the test results to your own doctor for treatment. You should also warn all your sexual partners to further prevent the spread of STIs. They can then have themselves tested and, if necessary, be treated.

How results are shared

We understand that medical test results can be confusing and difficult to interpret. That’s why at Homed-IQ we make it as easy as possible for you to understand your test result.

In your personal online dashboard you can view your laboratory report as well as a clear and simple explanation of your results. We provide insight into whether you have tested negative or positive for each individual STI.

How soon will I receive my test results?

You will receive the test result very quickly, often within one to three working days after your sample has arrived at our certified laboratory.

About the test

What is a Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea Test?

This test is used to show whether you are infected with the chlamydia or gonorrhoea bacteria. The test consists of materials for taking a sample from either the vagina, penis, throat, or anus.  You will receive extensive instructions with your self-test. After collection you can send in your sample and it will be examined by a certified laboratory. You will receive the results within a few days. It couldn’t be easier!

What’s in the test kit?

  • Instruction manual
  • A pipette and test tube for a urine test, or a cotton swab with collection tube for a vaginal, throat, or anal swab
  • A protective transport bag
  • A return envelope

 

When can you test for each STI?

The window period is the time between when you were infected with an STI and when it is detectable with a test. Every STI has its own window period. If you test for an STI before the window period has passed, you may test negative even if you are infected. See below for more information about the specific window period per STI and determine when you can reliably administer this test.

What is the window period for chlamydia and gonorrhoea?

Chlamydia: After 14 days

Gonorrhoea: After 14 days

Source: Nederlands Huisarten Genootschap

Symptoms for Men

Chlamydia

 

Gonorrhoea

  • Pain or swelling in one of the testicles
  • Pus-like discharge from the penis
  • Burning pain while urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • In case of anal infection: irritation, itching, mucous discharge, diarrhea and the urge to (but inability to) pass stool
  • In case of infection of the throat: sore throat, pain when swallowing, swollen glands in the neck
Symptoms for Women

Chlamydia

  • Pain while urinating
  • Abdominal pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes with fever
  • Increase in vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods

 

Gonorrhoea

  • Pain when urinating
  • Vaginal discharge (green/yellow)
  • Pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes with fever
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • In case of anal infection: irritation, itching, mucous discharge, diarrhea and the urge to (but inability to) pass stool
  • In case of infection of the throat: sore throat, pain when swallowing, swollen glands in the neck
Summary of Biomarkers

Introduction

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are infections that are transmitted through sexual contact. STIs can be transmitted through contact with the penis, vagina, anus, and sometimes also with your mouth or fingers. Many STIs cause little or no symptoms. However, STIs are not harmless, and an untreated infection can cause uncomfortable symptoms or serious damage to the body if left untreated. That is why getting tested regularly is important, both in order to prevent the infection from spreading to others and to ensure infections are treated promptly.

Chlamydia 

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria can cause an infection of the urethra, cervix, rectum or throat. Chlamydia is transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex or contact with infected genital fluids. Left untreated, the infection can spread to the epididymis in men, and to the uterus or fallopian tubes in women. This increases the risk of infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. A chlamydia infection during childbirth can lead to eye or respiratory infections in the baby. Chlamydia is a very common STI and is treatable with antibiotics.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Not everyone with gonorrhoea develops symptoms, making early detection difficult. If left untreated, gonorrhoea can cause further health problems. In women, untreated gonorrhoea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility. In pregnant women, inflammation of the uterus, preterm birth, and ectopic pregnancy can occur. Pregnant women with gonorrhoea can also infect their baby during childbirth. This can lead to eye inflammation and blindness in the baby. In men, untreated gonorrhoea can cause inflammation of the epididymis or prostate. In rare cases, gonorrhoea can enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. This can lead to joint inflammation, blood poisoning, or meningitis. Gonorrhoea is treatable with antibiotics.

Frequently asked questions

Is this test really anonymous?

All Homed-IQ tests are entirely anonymous and do not require any direct contact with your GP.

How accurate is this STI test?

Our self-sampling tests are completely approved for home use. The tests have been validated by our lab to see if the results from samples taken at home are as accurate as samples taken in a doctor’s office or clinic. It is only legal to sell validated medical tests. Each Homed-IQ test is processed in a laboratory that is ISO15189 certified, which enables us to guarantee the reliability of all our tests.

What are the advantages of this test?

The biggest advantage of this test is that you can easily take the test yourself at home. Using a self-test, you do not have to visit your GP or a clinic and still can obtain laboratory-certified, fast test results. With Homed-IQ, you may test yourself completely anonymously and perform the test at a time that suits you best.

Will my health insurer reimburse this test?

No, at this time Homed-IQ does not have any reimbursement agreements with health insurers. In the Netherlands, if you test through the GGD because you fall into a risk group, testing for an STI is free. The cost of testing for STIs at the GP will be deducted from your health insurance deductible (own risk). The coverage of subsequent costs depends on your health insurance. Ask your health insurance company what exactly is covered. Are you not in a risk group or is it too busy at the GGD? Then you can test at your GP or with Homed-IQ. Currently, Homed-IQ has no agreements with health insurers.

Is this STI home test an alternative to a doctor's examination?

In the Netherlands, it is possible to get tested for free at the GGD until the age of 25 or if you fall into a risk group. Individuals older than 25 or who are not in a risk group can get tested at the GP or using a home test such as what Homed-IQ offers. While home STI testing is an alternative way to perform a laboratory test, it does not replace the advice of a doctor. Homed-IQ is unable to offer physical examinations, prescribe treatment, (other than chlamydia treatment for Netherlands residents) or provide follow-up STI care. If you test positive for an STI using a Homed-IQ test, take your test result to your GP for further advice and follow-up. If you are unable to visit your doctor, residents of the Netherlands can also visit OneDayClinic. OneDayClinic is a private clinic specializing in sexual health with branches throughout the country. They offer consultations and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B. Here you can be treated for a fee, just like at the doctor's office. The costs of treatment and consultation will be taken from your own risk (eigen risico) deductible. Treatment can be done anonymously if necessary. To see the locations of OneDayClinic and to schedule an appointment, visit the online booking tool. Please be sure to bring your Homed-IQ test results with you to the appointment.

Why should I choose a laboratory STI test and not a rapid test?

Homed-IQ’s STI tests offer the same laboratory-certified results you would receive if you had an STI test done through your GP or a sexual health clinic. Homed-IQ works with the same labs that provide tests for clinics, and strives to provide your results quickly and confidentially. STI rapid tests that are available at e.g. the drugstore are often not reliable and may result in a false negative or false positive result.

How do I get treatment if I test positive?

Your test results come with an explanation of the results as well as a downloadable laboratory report. This report can be taken to a GP for further testing, treatment, and guidance. Homed-IQ provides prescriptions for chlamydia treatment to customers who are residents of the Netherlands. If you are a customer in the Netherlands and test positive for chlamydia, contact [email protected] to arrange a prescription. If you are unable to visit your doctor, residents of the Netherlands can also visit the OneDayClinic. OneDayClinic is a private clinic specializing in sexual health with branches throughout the country. They offer consultations and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B. Here you can be treated for a fee, just like at the doctor's office. The costs of treatment and consultation will be taken from your own risk (eigen risico) deductible. Treatment can be done anonymously if necessary. To see the locations of OneDayClinic and to schedule an appointment, visit the online booking tool. Please be sure to bring your Homed-IQ test results with you to the appointment.

Why do I need to activate my test kit?

Homed-IQ test kits do not have customer names or information on them for privacy reasons. This means in order to link your test to your account, you must activate the test using the unique 12-digit test code before mailing it to the lab. The laboratory cannot process your test results or send them to you unless your test is activated.

Who is this Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test suited for?

If you have symptoms consistent with an STI, have been warned by a previous sex partner that they have chlamydia or gonorrhoea, have had unprotected sex, or would otherwise like to check for these STIs, this test is suitable for you. It is important not to take this test during the window period for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. The window period is the time between the moment of infection (such as after unprotected sex) and when the infection can be detected by a test. If you have taken an STI test before the window period is over and have tested negative, it is advised to test again after the window period. The window period for chlamydia and gonorrhoea is 14 days.

For whom is the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test not suitable?

The STI test is not suitable for people under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18 and would like to get tested for STIs, please contact a sexual health clinic in your municipality or your GP. It is also advised not to take this test during the window period for STIs. The window period is the time between the moment of infection (such as after unprotected sex) and when the infection can be detected by a test. If you have taken an STI test before the window period is over and have tested negative, it is advised to test again after the window period.

What test do you take to check for chlamydia/gonorrhea?

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are tested using either a swab test (infections of the vagina, throat, or anus) or a urine test (infections of the penis). At Homed-IQ, you can choose our Chlamydia Test or Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test to check for specific STIs, or the STI Test Complete and STI Test Comprehensive to check for a wider range of infections.

Which Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test from Homed-IQ should I order?

Homed-IQ offers a Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test in three variants; swab test for infections of the vagina, a urine test for infections of the penis, and a swab test for anal and oral infections.

How do you take a Homed-IQ Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test?

Depending on which test you order, there are different collection methods:
  • The Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test for men is a urine test
  • The Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test for women is a vaginal swab
  • The anal or oral test is a swab test
All tests come packaged with detailed instructions for use.

When can you get tested for gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea has a window period of 14 days. This means that a test can reliably detect gonorrhea around 14 days after infection.

Can gonorrhea be cured?

Yes, gonorrhea can be easily cured with antibiotics. Prompt treatment of gonorrhea prevents any long-term health effects from the infection.

What happens if you don't treat gonorrhea?

Gonorrhea, if left untreated, can also cause further health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease or infertility.

Can gonorrhea go away on its own?

No, gonorrhea cannot go away on its own. Untreated gonorrhea can even cause health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility or ectopic pregnancy in women, as well as inflammation of the epididymis or prostate in men. In rare cases, gonorrhea can enter the bloodstream and cause infections elsewhere in the body. This can lead to joint inflammation, blood poisoning, or meningitis. Pregnant women with gonorrhea can experience problems during pregnancy, such as inflammation in the uterus or premature birth of the baby. They can also infect their baby during childbirth. This can lead to eye infections and blindness in the baby. Prompt treatment of pregnant women with gonorrhea is needed to ensure the health of their baby.

How quickly do symptoms of chlamydia appear?

Symptoms of chlamydia can appear within 1 to 3 weeks of infection. Some people do not experience any symptoms at all.

Can chlamydia be cured?

Chlamydia is a very common STI and is easily treatable with antibiotics within a week. If you test positive for chlamydia, contact your GP for treatment.

Is chlamydia always contagious?

Chlamydia is highly contagious. Because chlamydia infections are sometimes asymptomatic, you can have and spread chlamydia to others without knowing it.

What happens if you don't treat chlamydia?

Untreated, chlamydia increases the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy. Untreated chlamydia in pregnant women is associated with preterm birth, low birth weight, and eye and respiratory infections in the baby.

I have tested positive for an STI. How do I warn my partner?

Have you tested positive for an STI? Be sure to inform your recent sex partners. This is how you make sure they avoid complications from an untreated STI, prevent passing the STI to others, and avoid passing the STI back to you (if you are still having sex). It is usually advised to tell the people you have had sex within the past 6 months. However, sometimes it is also necessary to tell partners from longer ago. Speak to your GP about who you should inform. You may be nervous about telling someone you're having sex with that you have an STI. You can do this in several ways:
  • Telling them yourself via a phone, email, or in-person conversation
  • Anonymously warn them via partnerwaarschuwing.nl  (in the Netherlands) or wir-ruhr.de (in Germany). Using these services you can tell someone to get tested without making your identity known.
  • Ask your GP or the nurse at an STI clinic to let people you have had sex with know that you tested positive for an STI
Whichever method you use to choose, it is always a good idea to inform past partners about STIs. They can then get tested and treated if necessary.

How does it work?

Order your test
After you have placed the order, your test kit will be delivered within a few days in discreet packaging.
Activate and take your sample

After creating an account and activating your test online, collect the test sample and return it to the lab using the prepaid shipping label. Homed-IQ tests can be placed in a regular mailbox.

Receive your test result

A certified laboratory will analyze your test. When ready, your results will be published to your account, including a PDF laboratory report that can be brought to your GP for follow-up care.

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