The SOA AIDS Nederland foundation came up with a playful way to promote condom use in the run-up to World Aids Day on December 1st. The foundation is launching a pop-up store at Utrecht Central Station where you can try condoms to see which brand, type and size suits you best, the Telelgraaf reports.
More and more people are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease in the Netherlands, according to a report by national health service RIVM. The number of gonorrhea and syphilis diagnoses increased significantly among gay men last year. Chlamydia is the most common STD among women and heterosexual men. HIV positive diagnoses decreased.
A total of 143,139 people went to a Sexual Health Center to be tested for a STD last year, 5 percent more than in 2015. And 18.4 percent of them were indeed diagnosed with a STD, compared to 17.2 percent the year before.
Dutch young people become sexually active at a later age than five years ago. In 2012 half of Dutch youths had sex by the time they were 17.1 years old, compared to 18.6 years in 2017, according to a major study titled Sex before your 25th. But while teens are waiting longer before becoming physically sexually active, the number of young people participating in sexting doubled, NU.nl reports.
Chlamydia is a growing problem in The Hague and its surroundings, according to the Center for Sexual Health GGZ Haaglanden. In 2015 a total of 12.2 percent of STD tests done in The Hague region tested positive for Chlamydia, last year it was 13.8 percent. The proportion of positive STD tests, including all sexually transmitted diseases, also increased, from 15.4 percent in 2015 to 17 percent in 2016, AD reports.
A shocking number of male prostitutes in Limburg who find their customers online have a sexually transmitted disease.
The waiting lists for people who want to be tested for HIV are reaching unacceptable levels. And the cause for the long waiting lists can be attributed to the cut backs on tests for sexually transmitted diseases.