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AIDS and sexually transmitted infections Advice

There are around 30 different sexually transmitted infections (STIs) worldwide that can easily be infected during sexual intercourse.
One of them is HIV. The abbreviation HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which means human immunodeficiency virus. The HIV virus damages the body's own defences, which are supposed to protect against other pathogens. If an infection with HIV is not treated, the body will eventually be unable to defend itself against other pathogens and will suffer from normally harmless diseases. This is what is called AIDS.

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

Topics of advice may include:

  • Transmission routes of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (tripper, syphilis, hepatitis...)
  • Safer Sex Rules
  • Risk assessment
  • HIV antibody test - need, procedures, waiting periods
  • Risks in the field of prostitution
  • Contagion risks in the medical field
  • Contagion risks in everyday life
  • AIDS anxiety
  • Dealing with positive test
  • Living with HIV
  • Drug prevention options (PEP and PrEP)

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

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district or the district-free city or the region of Hanover and the aids in Lower Saxony.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no fees for the consultation.
There are fees for the HIV rapid test. Contact the appropriate body.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines need to be observed.
An appointment may have to be made for the HIV test. Please contact the appropriate body.

What else should I know?

Basic information on HIV/AIDS and STI's can be found on the campaign page "LIEBESLEBEN" of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) and the website of the German AIDS Aid (DAH). There you can also order or download various information brochures.

The Lower Saxony State Government, in cooperation with the federal government, promotes measures to prevent HIV and AIDS, as well as to reduce exclusion and discrimination against HIV-positive people. The financial focus is on the promotion of the work of AIDS aids and projects.

nationwide phone number of the German AIDS Aid:
+49 180 3319411 (9 Ct./min. from the German landline, mobile phone max. 42 Ct/min)

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday - Sunday 12:00 - 14:00

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

Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony State Office for Social Affairs, Youth and Family

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Gesundheit

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
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)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.