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Free Clinic Equivalent

In the USA I was "used to" be able to drop by a free clinic in town to get STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) tests done, usually without any type of appointment or need to go through insurance companies etc. Then you'd have your results a week later.

I've done some searching around on the net but can't find anything. Is there something equivalent in Zurich/Switzerland? If yes, where or what are they called? If not, how do "normal" people go about getting things like that done?

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Old 14.03.2008, 13:36
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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

I have never heard of free clinics here. You have to go to the Doctos for your tests
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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

I'm afraid not. You have mandatory health insurance anyway, which will cover 90% of the costs after the franchise (a sum you have to cover yourself every year which you can choose yourself, starting at CHF 300) has been paid.

There is the Dermatologisches Ambulatorium, which is specialised in dermatology and venerology, they will probably offer comprehensive tests.
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Old 14.03.2008, 14:12
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In the USA I was "used to" be able to drop by a free clinic in town to get STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) tests done, usually without any type of appointment or need to go through insurance companies etc. Then you'd have your results a week later.

I've done some searching around on the net but can't find anything. Is there something equivalent in Zurich/Switzerland? If yes, where or what are they called? If not, how do "normal" people go about getting things like that done?

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Why don`t you have safe sex then you will not need the tests done.

1. You will save money
2. Maybe save your life also
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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

Sutter, I agree with that entirely, however, when I am in a stable relationship and have been for some time, I make a point out of going and having tests done (and asking the other person to do so as well) before we move on to, shall we say, "the next level".

A lot of my student friends go and give blood, which automatically includes the blood being tested for HIV. You get a letter back saying everything is fine after a few weeks. However, the rules for being allowed to give blood are fairly strict and I don't recommend abusing the system to save money as no test is a 100%, I'm afraid.
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Sutter, I agree with that entirely, however, when I am in a stable relationship and have been for some time, I make a point out of going and having tests done (and asking the other person to do so as well) before we move on to, shall we say, "the next level".

A lot of my student friends go and give blood, which automatically includes the blood being tested for HIV. You get a letter back saying everything is fine after a few weeks. However, the rules for being allowed to give blood are fairly strict and I don't recommend abusing the system to save money as no test is a 100%, I'm afraid.

Thanks just one question please Kittster i thought i had seen on this forum that people who are not Swiss where not allowed to donate blood. I always donated blood in England so was a little disappointed that i could not here. (not for free blood test, but because i want to help).
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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

Depends which country, here's what it says on the site:
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Warum werden Menschen, die sich längere Zeit in Grossbritannien aufgehalten haben, von der Blutspende ausgeschlossen?
In Grossbritannien sind bis zum Juli 2007 165 Menschen an der neuen Variante von Creutzfeld-Jakob (vCJD), die menschliche Form der BSE, erkrankt; in Frankreich 20 und in vielen anderen Ländern 1-2. Diese Zahlen können sich jederzeit verändern. Leider weiss man bis heute noch sehr wenig über diese Krankheit. Da die Zahl der vCJD-Erkrankten in Grossbritannien kontinuierlich zunimmt und da eine Übertragung via Blut als möglich betrachtet wird, musste der Blutspendedienst SRK diese vorsorgliche Sicher-heitsmassnahme schon im Jahre 2002 treffen und Leute, die sich zwischen 1980 und 1996 insgesamt mehr als 6 Monate in Grossbritannien aufgehalten haben, vom Blutspenden ausschliessen. In allen anderen europäischen Ländern sowie der USA und Kanada gelten gleiche oder ähnliche Massnahmen.
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Why are people who spent any length of time in Great Britain excluded from blood donation?
By July 2007 there have been 165 people affected by the new strain of Creutzfeld-Jacob (vCJD), the human form of BSE, in Great Britain; 20 cases were reported in France and 1-2 in other countries. Sadly, little is known about this disease to this day.
As the number of vCJD cases in GB is steadily increasing and an infection via the blood stream is regarded as a possibility, the blood donation service SRK saw itself obligated to implement this safety restriction as early as 2002. It states that people who spent more than a total of six months in GB between 1980 and 1996 are not allowed to donate blood. The same regulations apply to all other European countries as well as the USA and Canada.

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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

well...you need to visit your GP and get the tests get done through him in a private lab.
as far as CJD or scrapie is concerned...we dont go for a screening for it...
much are still in the research stage......basically they are zoonoses..
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Old 14.03.2008, 15:06
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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

Klinik Im Park
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Telefon 044 209 20 60ohne Voranmeldung: Mo-Fr 08.00-12.30 und 14-17.00 Uhr
mit Voranmeldung: Mo-Fr 07.15-8.00, 12.30-14.00 u. 17.00-17.30 Uhr

I'm sure this wont be free but it is anonymous.
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Re: Free Clinic Equivalent

Like Kittster has said, the medical insurance will pay a HIV test, certain conditions given. And your GP is obliged to medical confidentiality. The medical insurance will know that you took the test, but not the result.

If this isn't good enough for you, you can pay straight away (typically 50-80 Fr.) and take the test in an anonymous test center like the one mentioned by Oldhand. Also GPs often agree to test without notifying the insurance if you pay directly.

An advisory and test center list can be downloaded here (d) in the national languages (f, i).

For other STDs, I'd ask the GP/gynecologist... directly.


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A lot of my student friends go and give blood, which automatically includes the blood being tested for HIV. You get a letter back saying everything is fine after a few weeks. However, the rules for being allowed to give blood are fairly strict and I don't recommend abusing the system to save money as no test is a 100%, I'm afraid.
One of the conditions for blood donation is that more than 90 days have passed since the last risk of contracting HIV, and to break it is both immoral and will result in an unreliable result.
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One of the conditions for blood donation is that more than 90 days have passed since the last risk of contracting HIV, and to break it is both immoral and will result in an unreliable result.
I tried to find a list of all the things that exempt you but no luck so far, it's a two page document... Things is, the people who would qualify are often "too busy", so there is a shortage of blood looming. My great-grandfather was a donor back in the days where you gave it directly from donor to patient, with the donor going wherever the patient was.

Hmm, getting off topic. Shall see if there is a thread about blood donation already...
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I tried to find a list of all the things that exempt you but no luck so far, it's a two page document... Things is, the people who would qualify are often "too busy", so there is a shortage of blood looming. My great-grandfather was a donor back in the days where you gave it directly from donor to patient, with the donor going wherever the patient was.

Hmm, getting off topic. Shall see if there is a thread about blood donation already...
I am busy, but i would make the time to go and donate blood if they would let me.
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