GGD: “It is important for students to think about their own health”

About 5,000 new students will start KEI Week next week. Whoever thinks of school days doesn’t immediately think of scabies and STD prevention. However, this is also important, says GGD. More freedom means more responsibility.

Scabies is a disease that appears regularly among young people. “It is also called scabies and is not a notifiable disease,” says Lilly Benjamin, from GGD Groningen. For this reason, GGD has no insight into the actual number of infections in the area. However, there has been a gradual increase in recent years in patients going to the general practitioner or dermatologist with complaints of scabies.

You are more likely to get infected by sharing tissue elements. Think about bedding, clothes, or towels. But there is also a chance with frequent or prolonged intense skin contact. Our motto for KEI Week: You don’t want this animal at your party.

‘very easy’

Young people born between 1996 and 2003 can get a free HPV vaccination in front of the Academy building on the first day of KEI week. GGD expects this site to be interesting. In June, we spent two afternoons at Groningen Main Station. Many young people came there. The same target group of the vaccination campaign also comes in the week of KEI. In this way we want to make it more accessible to those who have not yet been vaccinated, but who want to be. very easy.’

Transformation of an STD

GGD sees a shift in STDs among students. “We’re seeing more gonorrhea infections,” Benjamin said. GGD confirms that the number of test places is limited and these places are often full. “As a result, the number of STDs we have on our site is flat.”

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