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.

Our campaigns

Break the Chains

In April let’s prevent new infections together and in May take the HIV test! That way the infection risk will be smaller for all of us.

Break The Chains

Big 5

Big 5

Come to the Checkpoint every year to get tested for the 5 most common transmiited infections.

When someone in Africa says the «Big 5», they mean the elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, lion and the leopard. We mean, with that, the 5 most common sexually transmitted infections.

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • Syphilis
  • Tripper/Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia

We recommend that all men, who have sex with men and frequent different partners, male or female, should be tested every year for the Big 5 infections.

Stop Syphilis – Free test for men who have sex with men

Syphilis cases in Switzerland have increased in the past few years. Those who are especially affected are men who have sex with men. This is why the Swiss Aids Federation introduced a free syphilis test campaign in 2011 and 2013.

Syphilis is on the rise. Last year 975 new infections were reported to the Federal Health Office. Half of those diagnosed were amongst men who have sex with men. Syphilis is easily treated nowadays with antibiotics but it is not harmless. A syphilis infection raises the risk of HIV infection five- to tenfold. This is why the Swiss Aids Federation is carrying out test weeks in October for gay men in the larger swiss cities.

Syphilis is easily transmiitted through unprotected sex. The use of a preservative lessens the risk of an infection. However the safer sex rules do not entirely protect against syphilis: The virus can, for example, be transmiitted through oral sex. Because, initially, there is no obvious discomfort, an infection is often detected too late. First symptoms, such as painless ulcers at the entry points of the virus, diasppear again after a short while. The affected person then, without knowing it, passes it on to others and doesn’t go to the doctor until it’s too late.

The Swiss Aids Federation is stepping things up. They want to make the especially hard hit gay men aware of the infection and its dangers.

The campaign is supported by the Federal Health Office and the organisation of gay establishments (VEGAS). This was developed in close association with the Aids Help Bern, the Aids Help Basle city and land, aswell as the Checkpoints in Zürch and Geneva.

More information

Primary infection

«Travel»

From June to September 2012 Checkpoint carried out it’s campaign « Travel «. Posters and postcards are there to make gay men aware of the risk situations abroad and inform them about PEP, the emergency treatment against HIV.

The Checkpoints also reminded everyone in 2012 that 25% of HIV infections in gay or bisexual men are contracted abroad (Source: BAG). The health centre for men who have sex with men, is therefore starting up it’s very successful 2011 campaign « Travel » once again.

Get treated as quickly as possible

After a risk situation (sperm or blood in the mouth, no condom or a split condom after penetration) an HIV infection can be averted with a PEP (HIV-Post-Exposure Prophylaxis). In order for it to be efficient the treatment should be administered as quickly as possible, within hours of the risk situation, It is therefore very important not to wait until the end of your holiday but to go straight to the emergency department of the nearest hospital to have the emergency therapy PEP prescribed.

Advice and support at Checkpoint

During a PEP treatment it is necessary to have regular check-ups, in order to optimise the intake and to recognise a possible medication intolerance. If you started taking the PEP abroad ; the Checkpoint will take over your care on your return; as the treatment lasts more than 4 weeks.

If you have doubts about a sexual contact Checkpoint is there to advise you.

Check whether you’re well insured

An emergency PEP treatment can be expensive. Normally the costs for all insured swiss travellers are reimbursed by the basic insurance. Check whether or not you are covered enough by your insurance and if necessary; take out a travel insurance.

Posters and postcards

The campaign «Travel » involves 3 different posters and 3 different postcards, which one can collect and send to one’s friends. The posters and postcards are available at your favourite locations and can be ordered for free.

Hepatitis C (HCV)

 

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