III. Health counselling for prostitutes according to the Protection of Prostitutes Act (ProstSchG)
1. What does the compulsory health counselling introduced since 1 July 2017 mean for me?
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.
2. What information is contained in the health counselling certificate?
- First and last name or ALIAS (more on ALIAS in FAQ III.3)
- Date of birth
- Issuing office and
- Date of counselling
3. I've heard that I can also apply for a certificate without my real name, just by using an ALIAS. What does "Alias" mean?
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.
4. Do I need to carry my certificate of health counselling?
Yes! You must carry your certificate of health counselling as well as your registration certificate when you are at work.
5. Who is entitled to check my health counselling certificate?
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).
6. How often am I required to repeat health counselling?
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 ageю
7. Does the health counselling also include a medical check-up?
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.