HIV environment in Bochum
Located in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) region of Germany, Bochum has a population of around 370,000 people.1 As of 2015, the HIV incidence in NRW was the highest in Germany with around 520 new HIV diagnosed cases per year.1,2
In Bochum, the newly founded genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic ‘Walk in Ruhr’ (WIR) unites multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary partners specialising in STIs under one roof. This is a unique concept in Germany, as prevention and management of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are usually separated in the local healthcare system. The aim of WIR is to provide education, advocate prevention and promote HIV testing. For those who have HIV, treatment will be provided promptly after diagnosis.