Community health centre

A Checkpoint is a health centre for gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The Checkpoints Vaud and Zürich also counsel transgender people and their partners.

HIV

HIV = Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Aids = Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

HIV was originally a monkey virus. The first significant human infection was documented in 1959 in Central Africa. From there it led to a spread in the 70’s via the Caribbean to the USA and (probably from there) to Europe and to other regions. In 1981 the first clinical descriptions were published; in 1983 the virus was isolated and obtained its’ name..

HIV belongs to the retroviral group. It survives only for a short time in the air, in water or on surfaces outside of the body and is destroyed by alcohol and heat.

AIDS is the description of a specific combination of symptoms which occur as a result of the destruction of the immune system caused by an HIV infection.