Sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) are generally acquired by unprotected sexual contact. Furthermore, STD’s are transmitted through blood, semen, or vaginal and other bodily fluids.
It’s possible to acquire sexually STD’s from people who seem perfectly healthy, and who themselves may not even be aware of the infection. STD’s don’t always cause symptoms.
Since sex workers have multiple sexual partners, our advice is to do a checkup for STD’s once every three months. This is possible at the Belle sitting rooms at de Europalaan and het Zandpad. Another possibility is the STD clinic at the UMC (hospital) in Utrecht (088 75 532 00).
STD’s can have a range of signs and symptoms, including no symptoms at all. That’s why they may go unnoticed until complications occur. Signs and symptoms that might indicate an STD are:
- Sores or bumps on the genitals, or in the oral or rectal area
- Painful or burning urination
- Discharge from the penis or anus
- Unusual or odd-smelling vaginal discharge
- Unusual vaginal bleeding (possible during or after sex)
- Pain during sex
- Sore, swollen lymph nodes, particularly in the groin
- Lower abdominal pain
- Itching around the genital area
- Testicle pain