AIDS is still a threat

Put in second place by the Covid pandemic, the HIV virus has not however disappeared. On the contrary, it has progressed… Until November 28, a vast free screening campaign has been launched in Luxembourg.

We had (almost) ended up forgetting it. Yet the Like is still well present. In 2021, in Luxembourg, 50 new infections to HIV have still been recorded.

Admittedly, the numbers have been worse in the past. But the AIDS Monitoring Committee in place in the country notes that this data is increasing compared to 2020…

Last year, 103 people affected by the virus were newly identified to the National Infectious Diseases Service. Thus, currently, nearly 1,300 people would live in the Grand Duchy carriers of the virus.

But, statistically, it is also established that ” 15% of people with HIV are undiagnosed “. Also, there is no question for the Luxembourg Ministry of Health to let the European Testing Week without (re)acting.

Thereby, until November 25the DIMPS-Mobile HIV Testing of the Red Cross will be present on the campus du Kirchberg to offer students, but also anyone who wishes, the opportunity to be tested. All by rapid test, free et anonymous (from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).

This week, anyone who wishes can also ask to be screened in one of the partner laboratories of the Week (Ketterthill, Bionext or Laboratories reunited) or in the analysis centers of the Zithaklinik and the Kirchberg Hospital. There too, free of charge and with theanonymity guaranteed.

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Obviously, in addition to this specific operation, it remains possible to get tested throughout the year. Whether it is at the Red Cross HIV counseling service, at the LGBTIQ+ Center Cigale, at the CHL in Luxembourg-ville or even at the Laboratoire national de santé in Dudelange and at the Emile-Mayrisch hospital center in Esch-sur-Alzette.

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