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Key Challenges

Although testing rates among the MSM population are higher compared to heterosexuals, challenges still exist. Increased popularity of chemsex in Berlin has led to concerns about sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.3 The incidence of syphilis infections in Berlin is four times higher compared to the rest of Germany.4

Although patient support groups offer anonymous testing free of charge, people must be willing to get to the location, make an appointment and take the time to attend. Individuals are often unsure who will be providing the test and if the environment will be free of stigma and discrimination.

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.