III. Health counselling for prostitutes according to the Protection of Prostitutes Act (ProstSchG)
Section 10 of the Act requires you to attend health counselling. You must have done so before starting work as a prostitute. In Baden-Württemberg, the local Gesundheitsämter (Public Health Offices) or bodies appointed by the local Gesundheitsämter will typically provide this health counselling.
During the counselling, you will be given information on topics that are important to your health, for instance how to protect against sexually-transmitted diseases (STD’s), contraception, pregnancy and the risks associated with drug abuse. You are also welcome to ask questions that are important to you.
You will receive a certificate at the end of the counselling. You need this certificate in order to register.
It must be no more than three months old when you reigster initially.
You will not be charged for health counselling in Baden-Württemberg.
- First and last name or ALIAS (more on ALIAS in FAQ III.3)
- Date of birth
- Issuing office and
- Date of counselling
You are entitled to use an alias (your work name or pseudonym) when registering and attending health counselling. Remember, though, that you will have to present your ID card during registration, and that registration will be issued based on this. But you will receive another certificate in which you can choose any name that you would like to have added. This certificate is then valid with your alias name and photo. Your correct name and place of birth will not be mentioned.
Yes! You must carry your certificate of health counselling as well as your registration certificate when you are at work.
Only the establishment owners, the competent employees of the authority and the police are entitled to check your certificate.
For instance, you are not required to show your certificate to customers, colleagues or the Jobcenter (Employment Agency).
The following applies as an exception to the transitional rule until 31 December 2017: The certificate of health counselling is valid for two years if you are 21 years or older and are registering to work as a prostitute for the first time by 31 December 2017. You must therefore repeat health counselling every two years.
The following applies with effect from 1 January 2018 following expiry of the transitional rule: The certificate of health counselling only applies for an additional year if you are 21 years or older.
You are required to return for health counselling after six months if you are under 21 years of age.
No. You only receive counselling – for instance about sexual health, contraception, pregnancy and the risks of drug abuse.
In some cities, the Gesundheitsämter (Public Health Offices) also organise voluntary, anonymous medical check-ups. Just ask if you would like to know more.