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Investigation of sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) including HIV and hepatitis testing

What is the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections?

The diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) includes tests to detect HIV, hepatitis and syphilis, but also includes diagnostics for other common sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.

These tests should be an important part of your preventive healthcare, especially if you have symptoms, frequently change sexual partners or have unprotected sex. At this point, we would also like to point out the possibility of HIV prevention (see PrEP below).

We also offer STI tests as a self-pay service without a specific medical indication if you want clarity in a monogamous relationship, for example, before having unprotected sex for the first time ("we both want safety").

How do we carry out STI tests?

How do we carry out STI tests?

At avi, discretion and respect, especially gender fluidity and inclusiveness (including LGBTQIA+), are very important. Our STI tests are therefore only carried out after medical consultation in a safe and confidential atmosphere and after detailed training by the patient themselves (swabs) or by trained staff (blood sampling).

The results are usually available after a few days. However, we also offer rapid tests (HIV), the results of which are displayed within a few minutes. In this case, however, the results must be confirmed by the more valid laboratory tests.

Our doctors are always at your disposal for the evaluation, so that none of your questions remain unanswered and you are always informed about possible next steps.

How does an HIV test work?

The combined HIV antigen/antibody test simultaneously detects antibodies against the HIV virus and the HIV antigen p24 and is one of the most reliable medical test methods available. Its sensitivity (ability to recognize positive samples as positive) is over 99.5 % and can usually reliably rule out an HIV infection after six weeks.

What is a hepatitis test?

In addition to HIV, we also offer tests for hepatitis B and C. These tests are important in order to detect these two chronic liver diseases at an early stage and to be able to treat them if necessary. The procedure is similar to the HIV test and includes blood tests that detect specific antibodies or antigens.