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Let’s talk and Test

HIV environment in Berlin

Men who have sex with men (MSM) comprise the majority of individuals diagnosed with HIV annually in Germany.1 The capital Berlin, like many other major European cities, is home to a large MSM population.1

In 2016, one HIV physician in Berlin and a celebrity drag queen initiated a series of successful events called ‘Let´s talk about sex & drugs’.2 These events offered a communication platform to talk about topics such as men having sex with men and drugs (Chemsex) in a non-judgmental, feel-good atmosphere (e.g., gay bars and clubs).

During these events, on-site STI and HIV testing was offered to not only increase awareness through ‘Let´s talk’ but also diagnosis through the ‘Let´s test’ aspect.

Key Facts

  1. Grov, Christian. “Gay Men’s Perspectives On HIV Prevention And Treatment In Berlin, Germany: Lessons For Policy And Prevention”. [Online]. [3 April 2017] Available from: http:// www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19317611.2016.1247758?journalCode=wijs20.
  2. Musikundfrieden. 2017. Let’s Talk About Sex And Drugs. [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: http://musikundfrieden.de/events/lets-talk-about-sex-and-drugs/.
  3. Mösken, Anne. 2017. Sex, The City And The ‘New AIDS. [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: http://www.exberliner.com/features/lifestyle/sex,-the-city-and-the-%E2%80% 98new-aids%E2%80%99/.
  4. The Local. 2017. Syphilis Making Surprise Comeback In Germany. [Online]. [3 April 2017]. Available from: https://www.thelocal.de/20151211/germany-sees-sharp-rise-in-syphilis-cases.