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AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Counseling

Worldwide, there are around 30 different sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are easily infected during sexual intercourse.
One of them is HIV. The abbreviation HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which means human immunodeficiency virus. The HI virus damages the body's own defenses, which are supposed to protect against other pathogens. If an infection with HIV is not treated, the body can no longer defend itself against other pathogens at some point and becomes seriously ill with normally harmless diseases. This condition is called AIDS.

Information and advice on AIDS and sexually transmitted infections can be obtained from the competent authorities. The consultation is confidential, anonymous and free of charge and can take place in person or by telephone.

Topics of the consultation can be, for example:

  • Transmission routes of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis...)
  • Safer Sex Rules
  • Risk Assessment
  • HIV antibody test - necessity, procedure, waiting periods
  • Risks in the field of prostitution
  • Risks of infection in the medical field
  • Risks of infection in everyday life
  • AIDS fear
  • Dealing with a positive test
  • Living with HIV
  • Possibilities of drug prevention (PEP and PrEP)

It may also be possible to have an anonymous HIV test carried out at the competent authority.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district or the independent city or region of Hanover and the AIDS services in Lower Saxony.

Local counselling centres can be found on the website of the Lower Saxony State Association for Sexual Health

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no fees for the consultation.
Fees may apply for the HIV rapid test. Contact the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.
An appointment may have to be made for the HIV test. Please contact the competent authority.

What else should I know?

Basic information on HIV/AIDS and STIs can be found on the campaign page "LIEBESLEBEN" of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) and the website of the German AIDS-Hilfe e.V. (DAH). There you can also order or download various information brochures.

In cooperation with the federal government, the state government of Lower Saxony promotes measures to prevent HIV and AIDS, as well as to reduce exclusion and discrimination against HIV-positive people. The financial support of the work of AIDS aid and projects is in the foreground

Nationwide telephone number of the German AIDS-Hilfe:
+49 180 3319411 (9 cents/min. from a German landline, mobile max. 42 cents/min)

Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Telephone advice from the BZgA:
+49 221 8992-0 (14 cents/min. from a landline, mobile max. 42 cents/min)
+49 221 8920-31

Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Campaign pages "LOVE LIFE" of the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA)

Online counselling of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)

Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. (DAH)

Online counselling of the German AIDS-Hilfe (ADH)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family


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competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)