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Welcome to KOSI.MA!

KOSI.MA, the competence center for sexually transmitted infections in Mannheim, is an offer for all citizens who have questions about the subject of HIV / AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Questions we can offer support with could be:

  • How can I protect myself from sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, chlamydia, syphilis or hepatitis?
  • Did I have a risk situation during sex?
  • I am HIV positive - what happens next?
  • Who should I tell about my infection?
  • Will my relationships be affected by my infection?

You can reach us via phone (except on public holidays) on:

Tuesdays 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

No matter what sexual orientation or identity - you are welcome!

The 1st of December is World Aids Day!
This day of remembrance and solidarity is more than 30 years old. Today the most important goals are:

  • mourn those who have died because of AIDS
  • inform people about HIV and AIDS
  • make HIV tests and treatment accessible for everbody
  • fight prejudice, stigma and discrimination towards HIV-positive people

In Mannheim several events are planned around this day:

25.11. The Fetish Pub Crawl Mannheim collects donations and gives out condoms. Start: 8pm at the queer center Mannheim (G7 14, 68159 Mannheim)
26.11. IKEA Mannheim: Our team informs about HIV. You can donate by buying a SINNLIG scented candle.
27.11. WIR.positiv (self help group) invites everbody to decorating cookies and drinking mulled wine (4pm at the queer center Mannheim (G7 14, 68159 Mannheim). The cookies will be handed out in the city on the 1st of December.
01.12. Citykirche Konkordien: church service at 7:30 pm (in German)
03.12. Galileo City Sauna: 1€ of your ticket is donated. At 6pm our collegue Marc offers free testing for HIV.

MPX / Monkeypox virus

The first MPX cases in Mannheim have been confirmed. You can find information about MPX, symptoms, prevention and therapy on this page by IWWIT or contact us for free counseling.

Checkpoint

If you suspect having been exposed to a risk of infection, you can be tested at the checkpoint. We offer a detailed and non-judgemental consultation before getting tested which promotes a more conscious health behavior. The consultation and testing is confidential. Due to Covid-19 security measures you have to make an appointment for the checkpoint though.

Next date:
December, 8th, 06:00-07:30 pm
Appointments can be made via phone (see number and calling times above). Please note that appointments can't be made any earlier than two weeks before the Checkpoint date.

We are currently adapting our Checkpoint offer to Covid-19 security measures. You can receive further information via phone.

1. Before the checkpoint:

  • Make an appointment via phone
  • Fill out the questionnaire online and bring the code (10-digit number) you receive at the end of the questionnaire to your appointment. You can leave the field "Aufrufnummer" blank
  • Come in time. If you are late, the appointment has to be canceled
  • If you show symptoms of a cold, please cancel / postpone the appointment and stay away from the center

2. During the checkpoint:

  • Check-in and check-out at the reception
  • Wear a face mask
  • Disinfect your hands at the reception
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m
  • Wash your hands regularly and disinfect them afterwards
  • Sneeze and cough into the crook of your arm
  • Don't touch your face
  • Avoid any form of body contact

3. After the checkpoint:

  • Call in for the results on Thursday the following week

Here you can find a selection of other test options in the Rhine-Neckar region.

Feedback

You've been to our checkpoint and want to give us feedback? You can take part in a short survey using the link below. Your feedback will help to further improve the checkpoint.

http://tinyurl.com/engfeedbackcheckpoint

    Information about HIV/AIDS and STIs

    You can find information about HIV and STIs in multiple languages under the following links:

    Deutsche Aidshilfe (German & English)

    Zanzu (German, Dutch, English, French, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Albanian)

    Note: If you have a Gmail or Googlemail address, our emails will likely end up in your spam folder. This is due to algorithms of the email providers which is why we cannot change this error at the moment. Please check your spam folder for our answer if you have a Gmail or Googlemail address.