Sexual health is an important thing to take care of. You should always make sure that you’re staying safe, which means practising safe sex and getting tested regularly. Luckily the GGD centre for sexual Health offers many services so that you can ensure your health. These include:
- sexual health care
- STI testing and treatment
- contraception prescription and emergency contraception
- pregnancy testing
- pregnancy all-options counselling
- rape/abuse crisis services
As long as you are under 25 years of age, these services are free of charge and you do not need to be insured. The GGD centre also offers pre-abortion care and counselling, however, they do not have an abortion clinic but will instead forward patients to another clinic.
If you think you need to get checked up, you can make an appointment via phone (088 8805072, workdays 8:45 – 12:15, mon & wed 13:30 – 15:30) or you can contact them via mail if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Visit the GGD’s website (only in Dutch) for more information about sexual health.
Know that if you have been the victim of sexual assault, there is help available. As soon as you can, get in touch with the sexual assault centre in Maastricht by calling 0800 0188. You can call them any time of day or night if you need help. If you go to their centre at the MUMC hospital in Maastricht, there is a team of doctors, nurses, police officers, psychologists, social workers and sex therapists who will work together to provide specialist care.
Everything is confidential and the nurse who meets you will stay with you throughout the entire process so that you feel comfortable. Everyone who works there is a professional and they will make sure you do not have to repeat your story more times than necessary.
The service is open to anyone- man, woman, child, adult, LGBT or straight, tourist or resident. Whilst they can help you most effectively if you go to them as soon as possible after the incident, you can get in contact with them at any time about a sexual assault in the past- it is never too late to get help.