New center for sexual health


Model project at the Ruhr University Bochum to combat HIV, chlamydia and other venereal diseases

Ignorance about venereal diseases such as chlamydia, HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea (gonorrhea), herpes or genital warts has led to an unexpected renaissance of these sexually transmitted infections (STI). At the University Clinic of the Ruhr University Bochum, Professor Dr. Norbert Brockmeyer founded a "Center for Sexual Health", which aims to stop the advancement of venereal diseases with the involvement of a wide variety of institutions.

"We have a supply gap in the field of STIs," says Prof. Brockmeyer, justifying the establishment of the Center for Sexual Health. Also, "the willingness to be examined for sexually transmitted infections is still associated with a high inhibition threshold." In future, as many institutions and contacts as possible should therefore work together under one roof. "What we need are regional specialist centers in which comprehensive information, diagnosis and treatment are provided," emphasized Prof. Brockmeyer, who initiated the "Center for Sexual Health" at the Dermatological Clinic of the Ruhr University in 2009. It is important that a maximum permeable offer is created in which "people fall more or less into it."

Cooperation in the fight against the advance of venereal diseases According to the initiator, the center for sexual health pursues a holistic concept that deals with all aspects that belong to sexual health. "These include a. a satisfactory sexuality, openness to individual sexual orientation, pregnancy advice and also help with sexual violence or health risks from infections, ‚ÄĚreported the Ruhr University Bochum immediately after the facility was launched. The spectrum of the actors to be involved ranges from the health department, to AIDS help and advice centers for prostitutes, to general practitioners and gynecologists. For a long time there were too many breaks in the supply. This is to be put to an end with the pooling of capacities.

Spreading the STI is a challenge for the health system As an HIV expert at the Ruhr University in Bochum and president of the German STD Society (DSTDG), Professor Brockmeyer also advocated "a broad list in the field of sexually transmitted diseases". Here, the offer of help should not only focus on "HIV / AIDS, but should focus on all STIs and the promotion of sexual health as a whole". The approximately 70,000 HIV patients and approximately 3,000 syphilis infections per year are only the tip of the iceberg. The epidemic spread of the STI is becoming a growing challenge for the health system. For example, expert estimates assume that more than 100,000 women in Germany will remain unintentionally childless due to untreated chlamydial infections, explains Brockmeyer. There is also a high number of unreported cases of hepatitis and human papillomavirus infections (HPV), which harbors the risk of liver damage, cervical cancer and other tumors.

Numerous institutions work together in the center for sexual health In Bochum, both the head of the health department, Ralf Winter, and the managing director of Aidshilfe, Arne Kayser, have already stated that their facilities will in future work in the center for sexual health and contribute their respective skills become. Numerous other cooperation partners are under discussion and could also contribute to the success of the new model in the future. According to Prof. Brockmeyer, this also benefits the attending physicians, since after decades in which STIs were rather rare, many doctors lack the experience of the sudden increase in infections. Institutions such as Aidshilfe are also an asset in communication, since they can draw on extensive experience in consultations. This also applies in a similar way to prostitute counseling or the psychosocial counseling center for homosexuals, who have the appropriate routine in communicating with the respective target group. (fp)

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