Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (also called venereal diseases) are those diseases which are mainly transmitted through sexual contact. They include herpes, chlamydia, genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis and HIV.
Most of the viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi, wich cause STD`s need the warmth and moisture of mucous membranes to survive. For this reason, if they are most easily transmitted between parts of the body where these membranes are present, especially the mouth, the anus, the vagina, and the penis. When you have sexual intercourse with a person infected with an STD, you run a particularly high risk of getting the disease.
STD’s generally cause no major symptoms in the beginning, but if left untreated, they can have serious consequences such as sterility, increased risk of cancer, diseases of the nervous system and AIDS.
It is therefore very important to see a doctor immediately if you notice changes in your body which may be due to infection. The sooner you see a doctor, the quicker and more effectively you can be treated.
Among the most typical symptoms of an STD are the following: pain while urinating, unususal discharge from the vagina or penis, itching or irritation in the pubic area, small and painful blisters, open sores or lumps on the genitals.
What do I do in case of infection?
No STD heals by itself! If you think you are infected, you should see a doctor immediately. Sexually Transmitted Diseases can generally be treated by dermatologists gynecologists, urologists.
In the Centers for sexual health and family planning of the various municipalities you can find consultation by specialists for the treatment of STD’s and AIDS.
Centers for sexual health and family planning
Zentren für sexuelle Gesundheit und Familienplanung
Hohenzollerndamm 174 (gelbe Tür)
3.Etage, Anmeldung Zi. 3053
Tel.: 9029 16880
Fax: 9029 16875
Anmeldung zur HIV-Sprechstunde unter der Tel.: 9029 16887
U 3 / U 7: Fehrbelliner Platz
Tel.: 9029 88363
Fax: 9029 88350
U7 : Südstern
M 41: Körtestraße
Haus der Gesundheit
Tel.: 9029 33655
Fax: 9029 33699
U 5: Neue Grottkauer Straße
Bitte beachten: Das Zentrum Mitte hat 2 Standorte!
Standort Wedding: Bereich Familienplanung, Schwangerschaft und Partnerschafts-
Tel.: 9018 44235
Fax: 9018 44245
U 9 / U 6: Leopoldplatz
Standort Schöneberg: Bereich Sexuelle Gesundheit
Erfurter Str. 8
Tel.: 90277 6428
Fax: 90277 7847
S 41/42 und U 4: Innsbrucker Platz
mit Klinikanbindung in Steglitz, Charité Campus Benjamin Franklin
(außer Aufgaben der Beratung in Fragen sexuell übertragbarer Erkrankungen sowie AIDS)
Klingsorstr. 95 a, Haus IV, 1.Etage
Tel.: 8445 3587 / 8445 2476
Fax: 8445 2476
Bus: 186 / 283 / 285 / M 85
Measures to avoid the risk of infection
The use of preventatives during oral, vaginal or anal sexual intercourse
- For oral sex use the thin condoms without lubricant
- For vaginal sex use the normal condoms with lubricant
- For anal sex choose the thick ones with lubricant
Never use oil based lubrificants, like vaseline, baby oil or hand or facial cream, instead use water based products.
The use of condoms protects you
from Sexually Transmitted Diseases
and from AIDS
Use condoms correctly
- Pull it over after the penis is completely erect.
- Press the top of the condom between the thumb and the index finger to make sure, there is no air left inside it.
- Then roll the condom along the erect penis.
- Make sure your are holding the rim of the condom while taking it off.
- Only use a condom once.