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.

Test and Diagnosis

Safer sex prevents HIV transmission to the best possible extent. Through contact with skin/mucous membrane outside of the condom area and through (non-protected) oral sex; it can lead to the transmission of syphilis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and if no vaccination protection exists; then it can lead to Hepatitis B.

Syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia can occur without any symptoms. In order to disrupt the transmission chain and to avoid subsequent damage; it is advisable to have regular tests for syphilis, gonorrhoea und chlamydia, even while practising safer sex. At least once a year with more than one sexual partner and at least twice a year with more than 10 sexual partners. This way your vaccination protection can be tested against Hepatitis A and B (don’t forget your vaccination booklet !) and if necessary you can have an additional vaccination.

Big 5

Infections Diagnostic procedure
HIV Quick Test (result issued after 30 minutes). Combi Test in the laboratory (in case of as risk and/or symptoms indication usually after 17 days)..
Syphilis Quick Test (result issued after 10 minutes); serological examination; smear-test examination of suspected lesion (laboratory)
Chlamydia and Tripper Smear-test examination

Hepatitis A:
serological test (in the laboratory).

Hepatitis B:
serologische Tests (Blutuntersuchungen im Labor);

Hepatitis C:
serological tests (in the laboratory)

In the case of an affirmative diagnosis it is important that all sexual partners, male and female, are informed, so that those people can also seek treatment.