Treatment of STIs
When should I start treatment for STI?
If you have been warned by a partner to get tested, experience symptoms of an STI, or have had unsafe sex, you should take an STI test. In our test portfolio, you will find various Sexual Health Tests that can detect a wide range of STIs. It is important to do this as soon as possible.
Make an appointment with GP for STI
All test results come with a downloadable laboratory report. If your Homed-IQ test result is positive for one or more STIs, you can bring this report to your GP to receive a prescription for treatment.
Have you received a positive chlamydia result in your personal account? In certain cases, our medical team can provide prescriptions for treatment for customers in the Netherlands if a visit to the doctor is not possible. In that case, our doctor will ask you by email to fill in a questionnaire so that they can then send you a prescription to a pharmacy in your area. Request your medication via [email protected].
Our team follows the NHG guidelines for prescribing treatment.
Cost of Chlamydia Treatment
A chlamydia treatment prescription via Homed-IQ is free. You must pay for the medication at the pharmacy, after which you can claim the costs from your own health insurance.
Costs for other STI treatments
Treatments for other STIs must be prescribed by your GP on the basis of your test results. The costs of these treatments depend on your health insurance coverage. At this time, Homed-IQ is unable to provide prescriptions for treating STIs other than chlamydia.
How to prevent reinfection with an STI
Once you have been diagnosed with an STI and started treatment, it’s important to know how to prevent reinfection. One of the most common causes of reinfection with an STI is having sex with an untreated sex partner. This is why warning your partner(s) and ensuring they also complete treatment if they are positive for an STI is essential to preventing yourself and others from becoming (re)infected. It is also important to complete the entire course of medication and follow instructions about how soon after starting medication you can have sex. With certain infections, individuals must abstain from sex for several days after being treated with antibiotics, even if symptoms begin to go away. Having sex before this waiting period is over could pass STIs to your partner and infect you again in the future.
Another important aspect of preventing future infections is understanding how STIs spread and your risk behaviours. Safe sex practices include consistently using condoms/dental dams and getting regularly tested for STIs.
STI Treatment Adherence
Adherence to STI treatment is important. If you have tested positive for an STI and are prescribed medication, be sure to take all medication prescribed, even if you begin to feel better. For individuals with chronic conditions (e.g., Hepatitis B, HIV), adherence means taking medicines every day as prescribed and attending medical appointments. Treatment adherence is important for staying healthy, preventing resistance to treatment, and avoiding virus transmission to others.