Having an untreated STI
Medical treatment can cure most STIs or treat the symptoms. Possible consequences of an untreated STI are:
- pain during sexual intercourse;
- difficulties getting pregnant (infertility);
- certain types of cancer;
- damage to the heart, blood vessels, brain and nervous system.
If you do not get treatment, you might infect your partner. A condom protects you and your partner against most STIs.
Get yourself tested if you want to make sure you don’t have an STI.
The sooner you are treated, the less serious are the consequences of an STI. If you get treatment early, most STIs can be cured or the symptoms can disappear, without lasting damage to your health.
More information or help needed?
You can talk to a family doctor about almost every intimate issue. If necessary the family doctor can refer you to a specialised health professional. Find a family doctor in your neighbourhood:
Community health centre (wijkgezondheidscentrum)
You can visit a family doctor in a community health centre. Other care professionals such as nurses and social workers also work at community health centres. Care is provided free of charge. Find a community health centre in your neighbourhood:
In Belgium, you can make an appointment directly with the gynaecologist without a referral from your family doctor. However, your family doctor can help you find a gynaecologist.
Help with HIV and sexual health issues. Free and anonymous STI and HIV testing.
03 216 02 88
S clinic - UMC Saint-Pierre
STI testing and treatment
02 535 37 32
Dokters van de wereld - Antwerpen
Free medical care - Free counselling and HIV testing (no appointment needed), every day between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
03 231 36 41
Dokters van de wereld - Brussel
Free medical care
02 225 43 00
Dokters van de wereld - La Louvière
Free medical care
Service de Santé Affective Sexuelle et de Réduction des Risques (Sexual Health Service and Risk Reduction) - Anonymous and free STI and HIV testing
081 77 68 20
AIDS-STI Charleroi-Mons - Free and anonymous STI and HIV testing
071 92 54 10