Tons of people visit GPs for STD consultation; decrease in HIV diagnosis

In the last year, GPs reported having seen an increase in the number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reported by people older than 25 years old, according to RTLNieuws

People came to them for a consultation for an STD at least 307,000 times last year. This is an increase from the year before when it was 281,000 times. However, the number of STD tests carried out at the Sexual Health Centers (CSG) remains the same between the two years at 152,000.

Condom: a sure way to avoid getting infected by an STD. Source: Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

According to the RIVM health institute, the most common STD amongst heterosexuals was chlamydia, while gay men reported more of gonorrhea. However, there are fewer people infected with HIV. There’s a difference of 88 fewer people diagnosed with the infection, with 527 people in 2018 and 615 in 2017. Nearly two-thirds of the diagnosis was given to gay men. In addition, “women accounted for nearly 70,000 of the tests, 33,000 straight men and 50,000 gay men”, according to Het Parool.
STD AIDS Netherlands wants new measures to be introduced to bring these numbers down.
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Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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