Let's talk about sex
Almost everyone immediately has a melody to these words in their head. A catchy tune of the 1990s with an important message: Let's talk about sex. And let's talk about the good and bad aspects of sex. Salt 'n' Pepa's song about safer sex seems more topical than ever: the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) is rising at an alarming rate. The good aspects of sex life are often talked about: sexting, for example, is normal for young people between 14 and 18 years of age and is part of relationship management. In contrast, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are still a taboo subject. The worry of being stigmatized is predominant. As a result, almost extinct diseases such as syphilis or gonorrhoea are on the rise again. In Germany, the number of new Chlamydia infections is estimated at 300,000 per year. Chlamydia is the most common cause of infertility in Germany. In principle, almost all infections can be treated well, provided they are detected early enough. Even if no symptoms have yet arisen, an unnoticed infection can become a health hazard for yourself and your partner. We can only encourage: Let's talk about sex and all that goes with it. We are happy to answer any questions.
Sexually transmitted diseases
Often sexually transmitted infections remain asymptomatic or show only unspecific symptoms, such as altered discharge or abdominal pain. Many people therefore do not notice that they have been infected. This increases the risk of passing on an infection. And: An untreated infection can have health consequences and lead to infertility. A test for STDs is quick, easy and painless. Did you have unprotected intercourse or break a condom? Don't brood for long, just get tested:
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Almost all cases of cervical cancer (cervical carcinoma) have their origin in an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), but not every infection leads to degeneration. Young people are often infected with HPV, but most infections heal without consequences. Cervical cancer can only develop if high-risk HPV types are infected for many years. Early detection is therefore extremely important. The detection of HPV from the cervix is considered a reliable screening parameter.
For people with an increased risk of HIV infection, since September 2019 the costs of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV have been covered by the statutory health insurance funds. Before the first intake
- an HIV test to make sure you are HIV-negative,
- the kidney function is checked, and
- a hepatitis B infection can be ruled out.
Guidelines also recommend getting tested for hepatitis C, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. We carry out all tests that are necessary before, during and after therapy. If you have any questions about the tests, we will be happy to help you.