SOS Donna (SOS Women)
The association is made up of volunteer women committed to supporting women who suffer violence and / or mistreatment in the family or outside. Moral support, psychological and legal assistance are offered. They collaborate with other anti-violence centers and with the social and health services of the territory. It belongs to the regional network of anti-violence centers. The staff at this line will refer women with substance abuse problems to agencies for assistance. They also offer legal information.
Centro per le Donne di Non Subire Violenza ONLUS
(Women’s home for non-violence)
All forms of support for women who are victims of violence, including a safe house
via dell’Oro 3
Preservativi (condoms) are available in all pharmacies, also in 24-hour dispensers outside. You need a prescription for oral contraceptives in Italy; some brands are covered by the SSN. To discuss other forms of contraception, see a gynecologist.
Emergency contraception or the morning after pill (la pillola del giorno dopo, Pgd) is available, free of charge, for anyone under the age of 26. To get a prescription, talk to your family doctor. Alternatively, go directly to your local consultorio familiare (family clinic). The list of these clinics can be found here.
Check our section Women’s Health for more information about the consultorio familiare.
Ask for un test di gravidanza (home pregnancy test) in any pharmacy. Otherwise, turn to your gynecologist, consultorio familiare, or one of the clinics open to foreigners without health care coverage.
Drop by a consultorio familiare – appointment not necessary. IVG – interruzione volontaria di gravidanza (voluntary termination of a pregnancy) is legal and is the woman’s choice through the first trimester. Once a positive pregnancy test has been confirmed, refer to a doctor or a consultorio familiare for counseling and information. The IVG procedure can only be performed in a public hospital, either at Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi or Ospedale Maggiore. There are no private options for this procedure. If an unwanted pregnancy is carried to term, adoption services are available at the hospital post-birth.
HIV & SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE TESTING
AIDS toll-free number 800 856 080 (managed by the Bologna AUSL for the whole region), which allows you to book, free of charge, even anonymously, an HIV test.
Policlinico Sant’Orsola-Malpighi offers outpatient clinic with the following services:
- Initial diagnostic visit
- Clinical assistance
- Individual and family support counseling
- Psychological support during treatment
- Dietary consultations
Contact the clinic (ambulatorio) at Tel. 051.6364109 and leave a message to be called back.