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.

What else is important?

HIV & STI:

With an existing HIV Infection some STI’s can develop faster, are more pronounced and are more difficult to treat. In case of the appearance of an STI; the treating doctor should, without fail, be informed of the existing HIV infection so that he can begin with the appropriate treatment.

HIV & drugs, dependancy

The consumption of drugs and other substances is widely spread among gays and bisexual men.

These substances harbour additional risks for HIV infected people. It is crucial to understand the interactions well, between drugs and HIV medication and their effects on health.

Tabacco

According to many studies, smoking hides a heightened risk for HIV positive people to contract certain types of cancer such as lung cancer. Furthermore, nicotine weakens the immune system in general.

Helleberg M, Afzal S, Kronborg G, Larsen CS, Pedersen G, Pedersen C, Gerstoft J, Nordestgaard BG, Obel N. Mortality attributable to smoking among HIV-1-infected individuals: a nationwide, population-based cohort study. In: Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Mar;56(5):727–34.))

Nutrition

Because of undesirable side effects from some HIV medicines, the blood cholesterol level can rise. For this reason a low cholesterol diet, with lots of fruit and vegetables is recommended. Added to this, the medication can have a negative effect on the digestive system. In the case of prolonged problems an individual nutritionist can be of help. Mention it to your doctor. He can refer you to a nutritionist.

Alcohol

Moderate consumption of alcohol does not impair the effect of the HIV medication. It is recommended that the HIV medication should be taken with a time-delay in view of alcohol consumption, because the taking of medication can be forgotten when inebriated and can endanger the progress of the therapy. Regular intake of the HIV medication is one of the most important factors in the success of the therapy!

Sport

For people with HIV it is important to do something daily for one’s own health.

Sport relieves tensions, absorbs unhealthy substances (e.g. very effective in lowering the cholesterol) and strengthens the immune system. Furthermore, one develops a better feeling for one’s body, learns to listen to its’ messages (tiredness, pain, etc.) and strengthens the trust in one’s own bodily resources. «Mens sana in corpore sano» – a healthy mind in a healthy body. Whoever, therefore, keeps his or her body fit through sport does something good for the psyche.