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(nsfw) where does an American visiting Europe find a clinic to get tested for std's?

Asked by FluffyChicken (5459 points ) April 7th, 2012 from iPhone

It is my policy to always be tested for stds between lovers. This is not difficult back home in the states, but I am currently touring Europe. After enjoying a one night stand in Geneva, Switzerland a couple nights ago, I would like to get tested asap. I am now in Montreux, and plan to go to Vevey next if that helps at all. I have a lover in Belgium that I will be visiting shortly, and would like to be able to be with him in a respectful, responsible way. Where can I get tested, and what can I expect? Thanks!

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Leanne1986's avatar

I would recommend that, when you get to Belgium, you be honest with your lover and suggest that you both get tested. That way, as he knows his hometown more that you do, he will probably already have an idea of where to go.

As for when you are travelling through Europe in general, I think Google is your best tool. It’s a big continent and there are likely to be hundreds of places to get tested. As far as the individual places are concerned, unless someone here is from that exact place, chances are they will be as in the dark as you are about where to go. you could always pop in to a local hospital for advise.

wallabies's avatar

Yowza I am jealous of your love life! Good for you for being so responsible and I just LOVE your screen name! (which is really the reason why I started writing a reply, because I don’t have an answer to your question, unfortunately!).

I think @Leanne1986 gave great advice. Any major hospital should be able to help I would think, or would know where to go.

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Pirentuo's avatar

On assumption from your question that you did not use a condom, I am not convinced a test this early is gonna help much and would just give a false negative if you are indeed infected.

The incubation period of most STD’s are a bit longer than a week, and “Window periods vary from a few days to 3 months”. It depends on the lenth of your stay of course, but I think you’ll just have to tell him, use a condom and get tested when you get back home.

http://www.stdresource.com/staying_safe/s3a.php

FluffyChicken's avatar

@Leanne1986 He knows. I’ll ask him about clinics though.The hospital idea is a good one.

@Pirentuo, Yes, of course we used a condom. Condoms are not 100% effective. And yes my lover is aware of my adventure.

wundayatta's avatar

You can walk into any hospital for treatment. Be sure to have insurance or a means of payment with you. The article I linked to also recommends you ask friends and neighbors for the names of doctors that speak your language. Any doctor should be able to order the tests.

I don’t know if a doctor has to order the tests or if you can order them yourself. But all you need to do is give a little blood and urine. Make sure enough time has passed by so that you can detect whether you have anything. It would be a shame to think you are free of disease because you tested before the disease finished incubating.

I suspect a doctor would be cheaper than going into the hospital. So I’d focus on that, unless you have insurance, in which case the price doesn’t matter. Convenience is more of an issue, and finding someone you can communicate with well.

Good luck. Have fun!

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