With this slogan, the campaign to promote HIV testing, initiated by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the HIV Berodung service of the Luxembourg Red Cross, starts on November, 21st.
With its colourful visuals referring to video games, it aims to inform young people aged 16 and over about the importance of getting tested for HIV before having sex with a new partner. HIV testing is the only way to find out if you are infected with the virus. The sooner HIV infection is known, the better the medical care.
Today, HIV treatments are very effective and neutralise the virus by preventing it from multiplying. There is therefore no more reason to be afraid of taking a screening test. Blood test, rapid test, self-test: make your choice!
The DIMPS-Mobile HIV Testing will be present at the Kirchberg campus during the week of 21 November from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. to offer rapid, free and anonymous screening.
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:
The offer includes:
It is intended for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C, as well as their family and those around them. The goal is to stabilize the person so that he or she can adapt to changes, rebuild a positive self-image, redefine projects and perspectives, as well as adhere to treatment and take care of his or her health.
The social workers of the service accompany people undergoing treatment through various steps to access care. They also help restore a stable social situation (income applications, house-hunting or debt management), provide information on a person’s rights and, if necessary, refer them to other specialized services (psychological care, social, information).
It is available to organise adequate medical care, ensure adherence to antiretroviral treatment for HIV or hepatitis C, stabilise the state of health and, if necessary, stabilise addictions and psychological problems.
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.