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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:35 pm 
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Where do you go to get tested for STDs in Turkey/Istanbul?

I discussed this topic with a turkish friend, explaining to her how the sexual health clinics in the Netherlands work to which she replied she had no idea where to go and get tested. (except the obgyn, obviously). It rather gave me the idea that education about sexual health is not very progressive in this country...


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if you are healthy, donate blood to kizilay. (http:\www,kizilay.org.tr/) They do neccesary tests including some STDs free, then they call back you if they found anything extra-ordinary. But this may take time, around one week.

Also, medical test labs can do some blood tests for STDs, if they can't, they could contact the capable labs and give you referral.


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That only takes into account, HIV & Syphillis leaving a vast range of diseases that could go undetected e.g. Gonorrhea, chlamydia, Herpes (although this is usually self evident), NSU etc. These all generally rely on a urine sample or a swab taken in order to grow cultures.



If anonymity is required then you would be better off going to a hospital to the Genito Urinary Medicine department or in the absence of this then a waterworks or gyno dept and see a doctor using a false name ensuring that you pay cash.


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My advice would be to go back to the Netherlands to be tested, if at all possible. First of all, the Netherlands are known for their liberal social policies while Turkey is, um, not. I have had a terrible experience recently stemming from a normal annual exam. And this happened with a recommended English-speaking gyno at American Hospital! I had a normal bacteria pop up on my test. The doctor called MY BOYFRIEND and told him that I had a SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASE, which led to a ghastly round of "Who cheated on who?". It nearly destroyed our relationship and the information was faulty in the end. Not only was I appalled that she would give my personal info to my boyfriend, but it was not even thorough info to begin with. I had to call my gyno back home to find oout what the heck was going on. Be warned: health care is abysmal here. This is my second bad brush with the system since I moved here, so good luck to you!


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lol, might have to clarify...I discussed this topic with a turkish friend as in "we talked about something". I was just wondering, not in the need for an STD test. My motto is "better be safe than sorry"....



taraabey, go back to the NL to get tested? You can't be serious...250€ +hotel for a test? For that money it must be possible to find a decent doctor here?!

btw, your experience does sound bad. What a twat that doctor was. Really.



GBSahne, why would you have the doctor write down a false name if I may ask?


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If the person is truly after anonymity then a false name is probably the best way to go. After all one person has already commented that test results were given to someone else, what would happen if these were given to an insurance company? especially if it was an HIV test.


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Quote: Originally posted by GBSahne on 05.12.2006

That only takes into account, HIV & Syphillis


Yes, you are right. I asked to kizilay today, they only test HIV, Syphillis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C.


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I went to Jinemed hospital- very nice,clean,good attitude,english speaking doctors.

It costs 150ytl- pap-smear test+ultrasound.

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I can't really comment on whether they speak English or not as I speak fluent Turkish and went with my then Turkish partner, but I can recommend the Istanbul Deri ve Tenasul Hastaliklari Hastanesi in Cankurtaran (not far from Eminonu). I think it's pretty much all they deal with. I didn't have a pap etc, just a general blood test for STDs. Cost around 40YTL, and that included seeing a doctor as well as the blood tests themselves. I do agree that sexual health definitely needs to be dealt with out here. When my partner and I decided to get tested it was a case of researching for days to find somewhere to run the tests. Private clinics seem to cost a fortune (was quoted anywhere between 200 and 500 ytl for the blood tests!) and no one has any idea about STD screening.


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[quote] I didn't have a pap etc, just a general blood test for STDs. Cost around 40YTL, and that included seeing a doctor as well as the blood tests themselves. [/quote]

Hey, did you also get urine tests for chlamydia and other such diseases? Or merely blood tests?

No one knows of free sexual health clinics, the type they would have in Europe? In France, these things are free and anonymous. But anonymity doesn't matter as much as the price.


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taraabbey wrote:
My advice would be to go back to the Netherlands to be tested, if at all possible. First of all, the Netherlands are known for their liberal social policies while Turkey is, um, not. I have had a terrible experience recently stemming from a normal annual exam. And this happened with a recommended English-speaking gyno at American Hospital! I had a normal bacteria pop up on my test. The doctor called MY BOYFRIEND and told him that I had a SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED DISEASE, which led to a ghastly round of "Who cheated on who?". It nearly destroyed our relationship and the information was faulty in the end. Not only was I appalled that she would give my personal info to my boyfriend, but it was not even thorough info to begin with. I had to call my gyno back home to find oout what the heck was going on. Be warned: health care is abysmal here. This is my second bad brush with the system since I moved here, so good luck to you!

Amazing! I'm sorry you had to deal with that, Tara. This is the kind of bs that makes me wonder, why I still want to live back here again, knowing all this kind of stupidity... social control ayıp, günah, etc...

Not STD related, but I went into emergency last week to get stitched up after walking into a sliding glass door. The doc proceeded to poke the bleeding cut below my lip WITH HIS BARE FINGERS!!! I'm not a violent person, but I nearly punched him out! I couldn't believe it. His response was 'I'm putting myself at risk, not you.' He was that ignorant. After I freaked out, he finally washed his hands and put on latex gloves. But of course, I was perceived as the asshole.

It's really sad, because ignorant, careless doctors are responsible for a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering here, especially for those patients with little or no knowledge of their own bodies and health related issues in general. The doctor is considered to be a kind of king figure here, so their opinions are rarely questioned.

Having said that, I've met some great doctors here, real caring, thinking, feeling, knowledgeable humanitarians, who keep up with the newest developments in medicine, etc. So, the medical profession is not completely a write-off here, but what's frightening is that so many idiots, even one, can slip through the system and can be so hazardous to so many lives. I wish life had more value here.

(sorry about the rave and goodnight!)


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STD testing isn't really encouraged or discussed in Turkey. The above mentioned place in Cankurtaran is one public health place, though I'm sure there are more in other districts. Some friends of mine have been there, though, and I think I would be happier paying the extra to go to the hospital! Apparently, you line up in a room with a bunch of other women (not to be prejudiced, but usually Russian/eastern European) wearing nothing but one of those robes. Then they take you one by one behind a curtain...

Kizilay Hospitals will also do std testing, though you have to ask (and pay) for each one you want. They give you a little menu thing. "I'll have the gonorrhea to start, then the chlamydia. We'll both get the HIV." :lol: Be warned though, the doctors aren't the greatest there either. I had to go back three times for one test, once because they didn't have the right swabs, and then again because they used the wrong swab. How is that even possible? I also had an uber-bitch doctor who made me feel like the dirtiest human being ever because I had a bacterial infection. She just jammed the speculum in and cranked it open - it was honestly the worst pain I have ever felt. Worse than childbirth!

I now have a great OBGYN, who is just lovely, in a new hospital. Sooo worth the extra money!


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Wow!!!

Do you know what's INSANE?

Since 2007, this is the only result that comes up.

I've even tried doing searches in Turkish and I get few if any results.

That means that I live a city of 15 some odd million people and few of them have access to, or could even find out where to go (forget trying to do it discreetly) where to get tested for STDs.

INSANE!


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