HIV Beordung formation

HIV: Before you play, get tested!

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.

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.