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.