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STI Test Comprehensive

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Get the most comprehensive overview of your sexual health yet. This test checks for 8 of the most common STIs, including HIV, herpes, and hepatitis B. These STIs can cause unpleasant symptoms, but in many cases no symptoms at all. Complete the test in the privacy of home and receive laboratory-certified test results in days.

Test mode: A finger-prick dried blood spot test, along with a urine sample for men or a vaginal swab for women.

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 the 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 Hepatitis B Herpes Simplex Virus I & II HIV Syphilis Trichomoniasis
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About the Test
Symptoms for Men
Symptoms for Women
Summary of Biomarkers
FAQ
Results

What does the test result mean?

All Homed-IQ tests come complete with a detailed explanation of the test results and a downloadable laboratory report that can be brought to your GP if needed.

What does a negative test result mean?

A negative test result means that no chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, or herpes I & II 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 soon will I receive my test result?

Mail your test to the laboratory immediately after collecting your sample. Once the test has reached the lab, you will receive an email notification. In a few working days your test results will be available. 

How are my results shared?

We understand that test results can be confusing. That’s why at Homed-IQ, we make it easy for you to interpret your results and understand what’s going on with your health. In your personal online dashboard, you can view your test results and access clear and simple explanations about the markers that were tested. All test results are verified by a Homed-IQ’s medical team before being sent to you.The results of the STI Test Comprehensive are indicated with a negative or positive result per marker tested.

About the Test

What is the STI Test Comprehensive?

The STI Test Comprehensive is Homed-IQ’s most in-depth home sexual health test, checking for the presence of the 8 most common STIs: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichomoniasis, Syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B, and Herpes I & II. This test consists of a urine and dried blood spot test for men, and a vaginal swab and dried blood spot test for women.

How does the STI Test Comprehensive work?

You will receive detailed instructions with your test so that you can easily take your sample from home. After your sample is collected, mail the test kit to our certified laboratory with the enclosed prepaid shipping materials. You will receive the test results within a few days.

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 of each STI?

  • Chlamydia: After 14 days
  • Gonorrhoea: After 14 days
  • Trichomoniasis: After 4 weeks
  • Syphilis: 3 weeks to 3 months. If the result is negative, then only reliably 3 months after sexual contact
  • HIV: 4 weeks to 3 months. If the result is negative, then only reliably 3 months after sexual contact.
  • Hepatitis B: After 8 weeks. If the result is negative, repeat the test 3-6 months after sexual contact
  • Herpes I & II: When blisters appear

 

Source: Nederlands Huisarten Genootschap

Symptoms for Men

Chlamydia

  • (Burning) pain during urination
  • Fever (occasionally)
  • Discharge from penis
  • Pain or swelling in testicles
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

 

Gonorrhoea

  • Pain or swelling in the testicles
  • Discharge from the penis
  • (Burning) pain during urination
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

 

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis usually has no symptoms, but if it does it is most often one of the following:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Redness and/or itching and irritation in or around the penis
  • Painful urination

 

Syphilis

  • Skin ulcers
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Issues with vision
  • Hair loss

 

HIV

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen lymph nodes (mainly in the neck)

 

Hepatitis B

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Nausea and vomiting

 

Herpes I & II

  • Small red bumps or blisters around the genital area or mouth
  • Swelling in the groin, neck, or under the arms
  • Tingling sensation in the genital area or mouth
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble urinating
Symptoms for Women

Chlamydia

  • Painful urination
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Intermenstrual bleeding

 

Gonorrhoea

 

Trichomoniasis

 

Syphilis

  • Sores in and around the mouth, vagina and elsewhere on the skin
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Issues with vision
  • Night sweats
  • Hair loss

 

HIV

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Night sweats
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes (mainly in the neck)

 

Hepatitis B

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Nausea and vomiting

 

Herpes I & II

  • Painful red sores or blisters in or around the mouth or genital area
  • Swollen glands
  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Itching, tingling, or burning sensation in the genital area or mouth
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Pelvic pain or pressure
Summary of Biomarkers

What is an STI?

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. The 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. The infection can spread to the epididymis in men and to the uterus or fallopian tubes in women. Left untreated, a chlamydia infection increases the risk of infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. Giving birth with chlamydia can also lead to eye and respiratory infections in the baby. Chlamydia is a very common STI and is usually 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.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis. Although the symptoms vary, most people do not experience any symptoms and do not know they are infected. Trichomoniasis can cause inflammation of the vagina, cervix and urethra and make you more susceptible to other STIs. In pregnant women, infections with trichomoniasis are associated with preterm delivery and low birth weight. Trichomoniasis is treatable. To prevent re-infection, all sex partners should be treated at the same time.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread through sexual contact and is caused by the bacteria Treponema Pallidum. Syphilis can be transmitted through sexual intercourse or oral sex, infecting the penis, vagina, anus, or throat. Syphilis often produces no symptoms, although in the early stages of the infection it may cause a lesion (ulcer or chancre) where the syphilis entered the body. The bacteria infects the mucous membranes of the penis, vagina, anus, or mouth and can cause inflammation and rashes. Untreated syphilis can also suddenly make you sick after months or years without any symptoms. In rare cases, serious damage to the brain or heart can occur due to untreated syphilis. Syphilis can be detected with a blood test. It is easily treated with antibiotics if caught early.

HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. The virus is present in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk, and can be contracted if these fluids enter your bloodstream. HIV is usually transmitted through anal or vaginal sex or sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injecting equipment. HIV often causes little to no symptoms at first, and individuals may be infected for years before developing noticeable symptoms. Over time, however, the body’s immune system will decline, increasing the susceptibility to many types of illnesses. This can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a chronic and life-threatening condition if left untreated. HIV can be detected with a blood test. HIV cannot be cured, but AIDS can be prevented through proper detection and treatment. Timely and intensive treatment with antiretroviral medicines can make the blood “virus-free”, so that those living with HIV are no longer contagious and have a normal life expectancy.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B is present in body fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk) and is spread when body fluids contaminated with the virus enter the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through childbirth, sexual contact, or contact with used needles. Not all people infected with Hepatitis B have symptoms and many heal from the infection on their own. For others, Hepatitis B can become a chronic infection that, if left untreated, can lead to serious or life-threatening health problems, such as liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis B can be prevented with a vaccine and the best way to prevent infection is to get vaccinated. Chronic hepatitis B has no cure, but can be treated with antiviral drugs. With the right treatment, people with chronic hepatitis B can live a long and healthy life and not be at risk of passing the virus on to others.

Herpes

The herpes simplex virus is spread through skin-to-skin contact with infected areas and is divided into two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is transmitted primarily through oral contact and can cause oral herpes, more commonly known as a cold sore. HSV-1 can also cause genital herpes through oral-to-genital contact. HSV-1 is very common – an estimated 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 (67%) have HSV-1 worldwide. HSV-2 is a sexually transmitted infection that causes genital herpes almost exclusively through genital-to-genital contact. An estimated 491 million people between the ages of 15 and 49 (13%) have HSV-2 worldwide. Both HSV-1 and HSV-2 infections can be asymptomatic and many people are therefore unaware they are infected. If present, a first outbreak of symptoms may occur 2 to 12 days after exposure to the virus. The first outbreak is more severe than future recurrences, and over time the frequency of the outbreaks may decrease. HSV sores form where the infection enters your body. You can spread the infection by touching a sore and then rubbing or scratching another part of the body. While HSV has no cure, it can be treated with antiviral drugs to ease initial outbreaks and prevent future flare-ups. This test measures active herpes outbreaks that can be detected in urine or vaginal fluid.

Frequently asked questions

I would like to test the throat or anal area for STIs. How can I do that?

Would you like to test the throat or anus area for STIs? This is done through a swab test. Not all STIs can be detected using a swab test- for other tests you will need to take a urine sample, vaginal swab, or a blood sample. If you are interested in doing a throat or anal STI test, complete our STI Test Guide to see which STIs you are recommended to test for and which test products are recommended. Do you have questions about how to take each type of test? Find instructional videos on how to take a test sample in the blog: "Taking an STI test".

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 STI Test Comprehensive not suitable for?

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 the GGD 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.

How accurate is this STI Test Comprehensive?

Homed-IQ STI tests are entirely approved for home use. All tests have been validated by a certified laboratory to ensure 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.

Is this STI Comprehensive Test really anonymous?

Yes, all Homed-IQ tests are entirely anonymous. No contact with your GP is made unless you choose to take the test results to your doctor.

What are the advantages of this STI Comprehensive test?

The biggest advantage of this STI Comprehensive test is that you can easily test yourself from 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. This means you can perform a test at a time that suits you in a private environment.

Will my health insurer reimburse this STI Comprehensive 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 Comprehensive Test an alternative to a test at the doctor?

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.

What is the difference between incubation period and window period?

The incubation period is sometimes confused with the window period. The incubation period is the time between when an individual is exposed to an infection and when they begin showing symptoms. This is different from the window period, which is the time between when an individual is exposed to an infection and when a test can reliably detect the infection. It is important to consider the window period for each STI when getting tested in order to guarantee the most reliable test results.

Why does an STI Comprehensive Test require a blood and urine/swab sample?

Certain STIs can only be detected by checking for antibodies or antigens in the blood. These STIs include HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B. Other STIs that can be detected in body fluids only require a urine sample or vaginal swab. These STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, mycoplasma, herpes 1 & 2, and trichomoniasis.

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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