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 and mental health

Physical and mental health are inseperably bound to each other. This is why it is recommended to all HIV positive people to take care of their mental health. Find out here what you can do for your own mental well-being.

Was machen bei einem Notfall? What to do in the case of an emergency?

If you cannot reach your GP, get in touch with the nearest medical centre or contact the psychiatric service or crisis intervention point:

Mental crisis

HIV and depression

One in five Swiss people suffers from depression at some point in their lives. Various studies show, that gay men are often especially affected by this. A positive test result (shock diagnosis), difficulties in handling the new realities of life (e.g. stigma) or the start of the therapy, can all be reasons for a critical stage in life and can increase the vulnerabilty for depression.

Depression is not only a simple short-term emotional upset. It usually lasts a long time and can have varying negative influences on one’s professional and private life, aswell as with one’s partner. Nowadays there are many ways of treating depression. The most important step towards a cure is to seek professional help early on.

Simple emotional upset or depression?

If you have been feeling lethargic and have a lack of energy; this can be an indication of a depression.

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States of anxiety dominate every day life

Fear of the long-term effect of the medication, fear of other infections, fear of infecting one’s partner, fear of social isolation or stigmatisation privately or professionally – fears, which can dominate the life of an HIV person.

One speaks of impairments, if fears:

  • appear without any real reason or continue, following a particular situation
  • are disproportionately frequent and occur constantly
  • go hand in hand with physical unrest and tensions
  • are no longer controllable
  • happen without any actual signs of danger
  • become a suffering

In general, states of anxiety are easily treated. Do not hesitate to seek professional help. Talk about the subject at your next Checkpoint consultation or contact us by telephone.