Start of the new awareness campaign for the World Hepatitis Day July 28

“Get tested for free against viral hepatitis.” Screenings are carried out the 28th July on the forecourt of Luxembourg Station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the DIMPS van.

World Hepatitis Day is a reminder of the existence of silent viral infections, which, if left untreated, can lead to cirrhosis of the liver.

Click here and find out more about the World Hepatitis Day, the illness and testing.

DIMPS

A mobile service

The DIMPS is a free anonymous mobile rapid counselling and screening service for HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis, provided by the HIV Berodung service in collaboration with the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg and the Ministry of Health, with the support of Stop AidsNow/Acces. It makes it possible to reach out to people with difficult access to conventional health services.

The DIMPS service is for:

  • anyone interested
  • drug users
  • sex workers
  • men who have sex with men
  • homeless people

The offer includes:

  • Free and anonymous rapid-reading tests for HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis
  • Information on HIV, viral hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Personalised prevention consultations
  • Provision of means for prevention: male and female condoms, safer sex and safer use techniques, information and awareness-raising material.

How does a rapid test work?

  1. A pre-test interview with a psychologist: Assessment of a risky situation, sexual behaviour or substance use in general
  2. The rapid test itself, carried out by a nurse: Choice of test (HIV, hepatitis C, syphilis) according to request / exposure
  3. A Post-test interview: possible advice, reflection on adapting behaviour (safer sex / safer use)

Treatment and follow-up

  • Psychological support
  • Social assistance
  • Nursing care

Finally, the HIV Berodung service provides special housing for people in psycho-medico-social distress due to their HIV infection. It functions as transitional home that provides a bridge to autonomy for people who are unable to manage their infection independently.