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The Health Office offers advice on the occasion of World AIDS Day

by Adolf Albus

(2018/27) Also this year, the District Office offers free HIV testing on World AIDS Day. On Monday, December 3, from 8am to 4pm, interested people have the opportunity to visit the "HIV and AIDS" counseling center without registering, as the Deputy Health Administrator and District Administrator Madlen Overdick notifies.



A serum tube used to draw blood in an HIV test and label for samples.
Photo: MTK


"The earlier the HIV infection is detected, the sooner you can start therapy. This can then allow most of those affected to lead a normal life," Overdick said.

After a conversation where questions about HIV testing and infectious diseases are discussed, blood will occur. Blood test results are available within seven days and will be discussed during personal collection in the health department. Consultations and tests can be done anonymously. Minors need written permission from a legal guardian.

At the entrance to the district office there are many information brochures about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases on December 3. From 10 to 12, employee advice centers are also available for questions.

According to information, 141 blood tests and 275 consultations were conducted in the health department in the last twelve months. There were no cases detected by HIV.

As Overdick explained, self-tests have also been available at pharmacies since October. In contrast to laboratory tests offered in the health department, where the diagnosis can be made as early as six weeks after infection, waiting twelve weeks fast should be observed in this rapid test to achieve safe results. In the case of a positive reaction, patients must actually go to the confirmation test in specialist medical practice. Address of the health department with.

The "HIV and AIDS" counseling center in the district health department offers Monday open from 8.30 to 11.30 and Thursday from 13.30 to 17 hours open consultation without registration. Employees can be contacted by telephone at (06192) 201-1144 or (06192) 201-1761. Information is also available on the Internet at, as well as at


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