Hepatitis C10. February 2022
Mpox14. July 2022
For good health care, it is crucial that you feel comfortable with your doctor. Find doctors you trust and with whom you can talk openly about your sexuality, substance use, and mental health.
There are doctors who especially meet the needs and realities of queer people! We’ll let you know where to find them and what specialties might be significant to your health.
When to which specialist?
You can usually get most vaccinations (e.g. Hepatitis A&B) here. In addition, there is the possibility of having an initiated hormone replacement therapy accompanied by one’s own general practitioner in the long term. This is advisable if your general practitioner is well versed in this area.
Almost every organ of the body, every function, is controlled by hormones. Therefore, endocrinology should be seen as a kind of network that interferes with all other medical specialties.
You can find queer-friendly gynecologists at gynformation.de (Weiterleitung).
- Tests for HIV and STI,
- Treatment of HIV,
- Vaccinations such as Hep A/B, HPV, etc…,
- Consumption patterns, interactions with HIV medication.
You can find HIV focus practices near you by using the following search engines:
Psychotherapy is a prerequisite for the assumption of costs for medical transition steps by the health insurance.
The first point of contact with special contacts can be the counselling team of the Gay Counselling Berlin, the LGBTI* counselling centre near you or Queermed .
You can find psychotherapists in your area using the following search engines:
Sexual health contact points
Outside of Berlin, you can enquire at the nearest Aidshilfe.
Support and Advice
- Anti-discrimination project “Stand Up” of the Schwulenberatung Berlin (Gay Counselling Berlin)
- Anti-violence and anti-discrimination project “LesMigraS” by Lesbian Counselling Berlin
- Inter* Trans* Counselling – Schwulenberatung Berlin
- Miles / LSVD: Asylum counselling, language courses, sponsorship system
- Gladt e.V.: Initial counselling, group offers by and for migrant, BPoC, refugee LGBTI*.
- Café Kuchus: Meeting place for LGBTI* refugees, Tues. & Fri. 14-18 hrs at Wilhelmstr. 115
- Quarteera: Group and leisure activities for Russian-speaking LGBTI* people
- Maneo: The gay anti-violence project offers support in cases of violence.
- MUT Trauma support for men*: Support for men* who have experienced sexualised violence
- LGBTI* contact persons at the Berlin police can be reached at Tel. 030 4664-979444 (counselling and filing of criminal charges). Internet watch: www.polizei.berlin.de
- Siegessäule-Kompass.de – the queer yellow pages for Berlin
- Queermed-deutschland.de – Directory of queer-friendly doctors and therapists
- transmann.de – Directory of trans* friendly doctors
- Gynformation.de – Search engine for queer-friendly and sensitised gynaecologists
- vlsp.de – Search for counselling centres and therapists at the Association for lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people
- transdb.de – Contact points for people who want to transition
Discrimination and Disadvantage
Unfortunately, medical practices and hospitals are not always free from discrimination. People living with HIV and LGBTI* persons are particularly often affected by discrimination when it comes to health care. As a patient, you have the right to non-discriminatory access to healthcare. You can defend yourself against discrimination and unequal treatment. The Schwulenberatung Berlin has published a brochure on this topic: Click here to download.
- Complain on the spot in the practice or hospital. Most hospitals have an internal complaint form.
- You are free to choose which practice you go to. If there are alternatives in your area: Change the doctor.
- Submit a written complaint.This is possible with the associations of panel doctors and dentists of the respective federal states as well as the state medical associations and state dental associations. For disciplines such as psychology, the respective psychotherapist societies ((for Berlin here)are responsible.
Remember: the associations are not independent bodies – they check the facts internally and ask the practices for opinions.
- Complaints against health insurance funds, hospitals or in general can also be made to the respective state health ministry.
- You can report violations of data protection (e.g. disclosure of HIV status) to the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection.
- Get support and advice.
- The LGBTI* counselling in your area can help you.
- You can call in theFederal Anti-Discrimination Agency. Here, lawyers give free advice and check the possibilities of taking action against discrimination.
- In case of HIV-related discrimination, the local AIDS support and the contact point for HIV-related discrimination can help.