Registration

If you are new to s.a.m health, you need to register online using our secure registration form.

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You need to be at least 18 years old to register for s.a.m health.

However, if you are under the age of 18 and need special advice on sexual health, you should contact one of our s.a.m partners  

s.a.m health is a subscription-based test service with a reminder function every 3, 6 or 12 months. s.a.m health is therefore not intended for ad hoc orders. The reminder interval can be selected, choose from every 3, 6 or 12 months, and you do not have to accept the test kits. So you can always choose whether you need a test kit or not. If you want to take a one-off test, it is best to ask for a test consultation at your nearest checkpoint or health department. You can find locations here: https://www.aidshilfe.de/adressen?f-q=All&f-region=All&f-type=12.

In Germany, it is currently still obligatory to have a one-to-one conversation with a medical professional before your s.a.m health subscription starts. This can be by phone or at your s.a.m health partner’s clinic. This has the benefit of allowing you to discuss any questions you may have. All other test kits will then be conveniently sent to you by post.

  • If you have had a specific HIV risk in the past 3 days (e.g. unprotected anal sex with a person with an unknown HIV status). The doctor will then decide with you whether your possible risk of infection can be reduced with PEP medication. (PEP=post-exposure prophylaxis).

  • If you are showing signs of illness

  • If you think you might be pregnant.

You don't need a smartphone to use s.a.m health. You just need a phone which can receive SMS and access the internet. You can use a laptop or PC with an active internet connection to register for the s.a.m health subscription on the s.a.m health website. You will then receive SMS from s.a.m health with links for setting appointments and making online payments, but you can access these through a browser on your laptop or PC.

Credit card and debit card payments are accepted.

With s.a.m health, you can get tested for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia.

Ordering your test kit

After you have registered with s.a.m health, you will have an initial consultation (by phone or in person at a clinic) with a medical professional at your s.a.m health checkpoint and you will receive your first test kit.

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The first s.a.m health test kit costs €32.

  • After this, pay for each test kit individually - € 32/kit (online payment for each purchase with a credit or debit card).

  • Recurring payment with a credit card - €29/kit.

Postage and packaging, laboratory tests and advice are included in the price.

Generally, you will receive the test kit at the address you specified within five days of ordering it.

If your test kit has not arrived within five working days after your initial consultation/payment, please contact us as soon as possible. Send us an SMS to +49 1573 5994380.

Yes, but the test results may be more accurate if you wait for the flow to ease.

Yes. It is even more important to test for chlamydia during pregnancy because the infection can be transmitted to the baby during childbirth. The cotton swab is inserted only into the lower part of the vagina and does not affect the baby. The test is just as accurate as it is when you are not pregnant.

Your s.a.m health test kit will be delivered by Deutsche Post to the address of your choice (packing station also possible). The packaging is discreet and there is no mention of either Deutsche Aidshilfe or s.a.m health. The sender is given as DAH, Wilhelmstr. 138, 10963 Berlin. Standard delivery is used, so there is no need for a signature and the envelope will pass through any standard letterbox.

Taking the test

Each test kit contains clear and simple instructions for use. Here are some of the most common questions people ask before ordering.

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No, s.a.m health can only offer tests for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea. If you want to be tested for hepatitis A, B or C, we recommend that you contact a checkpoint or a doctor.

With s.a.m health, you can test yourself for the four most important sexually transmitted infections: HIV, syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia. HIV and syphilis can be detected in the blood. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea can occur in the throat, anus and penis/vagina.

Men who (also) have sex with men:

  • a urine sample for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the urine.

  • a throat swab for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the mouth.

  • a rectal smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the anus.

  • a small sample of blood from your fingertips for tests for HIV and syphilis.

Heterosexual men:

  • a urine sample for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

  • a small sample of blood from your fingertips for test for HIV and syphilis.

Women

  • a vaginal smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

  • a rectal smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

  • a throat swab for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the mouth.

  • a small sample of blood from your fingertips for tests for HIV and syphilis.

Other (trans *, intersex, non-binary)

You will receive a test kit which is tailored to your needs based on the information you provide regarding your genitals and sexual partners.

s.a.m health testing instructions.

We understand that some people do not want to give a blood sample. In our experience, however, almost everyone finds it easy to take the blood sample. If you don't send back a blood sample, then, unfortunately, we can't test for syphilis or HIV. Don't forget that all of your results are confidential and won't be shared with anyone.

A short video tutorial shows you how to take blood from your fingertip easily.

Please use the enclosed prepaid envelope to send your samples to Labor Lademannbogen, Lademannbogen 61, 22339 Hamburg.

Test results

Here are some frequently asked questions about the results you receive once your sample has been analysed by the laboratory.

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All infections tested at s.a.m health are easy to treat. If a test result is positive, you will receive an SMS from your s.a.m health partner asking you to call them. A consultant will explain the treatment options and can help you book an appointment at the local s.a.m health partner / checkpoint.

The HIV test looks for HIV antibodies. These are produced by the immune system in the event of infection. If the test detects antibodies, the result is described as "reactive". This result must then be confirmed by a second laboratory test before a person can be considered "HIV-positive". This second test is best done, in confidence, at an HIV test centre e.g. at a checkpoint or at a doctor’s surgery.

No test is 100% accurate. Some sexually transmitted infections need time to develop before they can be detected by tests.

Our laboratory conforms to strict regulations to ensure that your results are as accurate as possible. If you have concerns about the reliability of your results, please contact your s.a.m health partner to speak to our qualified medical professionals.

In the case of HIV tests, if your result is “reactive”, then further tests are required to confirm the result. False-reactive results are extremely rare (false-reactive results are when the test indicates that it has found HIV antibodies but there is no HIV infection). This can happen if the test is set to be "too cautious" to ensure that a negative result is particularly safe. This leads to some rare non-HIV antibodies being read as HIV antibodies. A confirmation test will, however, uncover this very rare error.

You can find more information on sexually transmitted infections on the website of the German AIDS Federation https://www.aidshilfe.de/.

If you have tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection, you should inform your current partners and all sexual partners you have had within the last 6 months. You could have been infected without knowing it and passed the infection on to other people. It is therefore important that your previous sexual partners are also tested.

If your tests return a positive result, you should go to a doctor to get treatment. Our consultants will discuss the treatment options with you.

If all tests are negative (negative = no infection), we will inform you by SMS. If the test result is positive, you will receive an SMS asking you to contact your s.a.m health partner by phone to speak to a qualified specialist about the results and treatment options. You can also book an in-person consultation with your s.a.m health partner. All infections tested at s.a.m health are easy to treat.

You will usually receive your results within one week of our receiving the samples in our laboratory.

Privacy & Discretion

We understand the importance of your privacy and are committed to providing a simple and discreet service.

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When testing for sexually transmitted infections, it matters which gender or which genitals and which sex partners you have. We use this information to select the right test kit for you. We will never share this information with third parties.

You are a heterosexual man:

  • a urine sample for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • a small sample of blood from your fingertips for tests for HIV and syphilis

You're a woman:

  • a vaginal smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • a throat swab for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • a rectal smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • a small sample of blood from your fingertips for tests for HIV and syphilis

You are a man who has sex with men:

  • a urine sample for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • an oral smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • a rectal smear for tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

  • a small sample of blood from your fingertips for testing for HIV and syphilis

You are trans *, intersexual or non-binary:

The appropriate test kit will be selected based on the information about your genitals and sex partners which you provide in the initial consultation.

s.a.m health testing instructions.

If you lose your mobile phone after using a s.a.m health test kit, please contact us as soon as possible. Send an email to sam@dah.aidshilfe.de or an SMS to +49 1573 5994380

Only our trained medical professionals can see your test results and will never share them with third parties.

Per European data protection regulations, information about sexual orientation and health is subject to the highest level of security. All data is therefore encrypted and stored on a certified (cloud) server. It is only accessible to employees of your s.a.m health partner and the s.a.m health centre (Deutsche Aidshilfe) who need to log into the platform using two-factor authentication. The laboratory has limited access. It can only enter test results using an anonymous code. Only s.a.m health partners and the s.a.m health centre can link the test results to a specific individual.

Under GDPR, you have the right to have your personal data deleted. Simply send an SMS with the message DATA DELETION to +49 1573 5994380.

This will automatically delete future orders and pending tests.

s.a.m health will generally only communicate with you via SMS. If the SMS cannot be delivered to you, we will contact you by email to check whether your mobile number has changed.