"Bettenhaus"-Tower and Institute Building (center) in the Luisenstraße, © Charité
"Bettenhaus"-Tower and Institute Building (center) in the Luisenstraße, © Charité

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Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Continuation of a Berlin tradition

Sexology is a discipline founded in Berlin, which is based on preliminary work by Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767 - 1835). As early as 1919 the first Institute of Sexual Science was founded. Following this tradition, the integration of sexology into the Center for Human and Health Sciences at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin took place in 1996. Therein was expressed that an exploration of the whole range of sexual experience and behavior is striven, not just a consideration of clinical pictures.

The institute offers lectures, studies and internships for students of all disciplines and engages in interdisciplinary research on human sexuality, i.e., dealing with biological, psychological and social factors of influence on human sexuality. For this reason, diagnostic and therapeutic services are offered to people who suffer from their sexuality. Corresponding offers are provided in the sexual medicine outpatient university clinic and cover all range of known indications. All medical students of the Charité are trained on the manifestations, diagnosis and treatment of human sexual disorders. Further training for doctors and psychologists is given in separate curricula according to the regulations of the Berlin Chamber of Physicians.

According to the holistic principle of sexual medicine, prevention offers have been created for people with special sexual preferences (especially pedophilia), which are on the one hand a nationwide prevention network "Kein Täter Werden / Don't offend!" here and at 10 other sites, as well as a prevention project for juveniles "Du Träumst Von Ihnen / Just Dreaming Of Them" only here in Berlin.

The same applies to the treatment procedures for couples of the syndyastic sexual therapy developed at the local institute.

Basic research, empirical research, as well as clinical studies on sexual experience and behavior, such as NeMUP Nord, complement the institute's range of services.

Currently there is only a shortened english version of the institutes webpage. Please refer to "Research" for the latest activities of the Institute or switch to the German webpage for more information.