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What is the HIV-SAM project?

The HIV-SAM Project implements sexual health promotion and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) including HIV with Sub-Saharan African communities in Flanders and Brussels. Together with the communities and in collaboration with professional intermediaries we develop, implement and evaluate targeted prevention campaigns. We also support people living with HIV..

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We are looking for volunteers!

Are you interested in helping the HIV-Sam project? We are looking for volunteers. Are you open-minded and not afraid of talking about sexuality and sexual health with others? Then we would like to meet you. We are currently recruiting new volunteers. We especially encourage young people and women to contact us. Help us during our HIV-testing events, give information sessions about sexual health to groups and tell us your ideas! Read more…

Positive prevention

We work together with Sub-Saharan African migrants living with HIV on multiple areas for HIV prevention. HIV-SAM offers culturally tailored support services  such as individual counseling and support groups. We aim at empowering people living with HIV according to GIPA principles, i.e. to achieve ‘greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS’ in their own care and support, as well as in HIV prevention. On request, we provide advice to professionals  on culturally sensitive care and support.

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Promotion of HIV testing

We promote early HIV testing and counseling and linkage to care for Sub-Saharan African Migrants (SAM). We aim at reducing existing barriers to HIV testing and counseling, thereby increasing the number of SAM who know their HIV status. To achieve this we work on two levels:

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Primary HIV prevention and stigma reduction

We support community-based organizations in HIV prevention activities and in setting up actions to reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination. We work with key organizations in the field , and with HIV prevention networks consisting of socio-cultural Sub-Saharan African community-based organizations and their leaders. Organizations and community members who want to join us in this endeavour, can find more information here…

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Operational research and underlying principles of our work

Our work is informed by scientific evidence ( either through own operational research or available state-of-the-art scientific evidence). HIV-SAM adopts a participatory approach in working together with affected communities, and aims at tailoring prevention activities to the real needs of people and communities affected. Prevention activities are therefore gender-specific and culturally sensitive.

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HIV-SAM is a project of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.
Nationalestraat 155
2000 Antwerpen
Tel: +32 (0)3 247 64 63
Fax: +32 (0)3 247 64 32
Email: hivsam@itg.be

Muungano annual new year’s diner – 2024

In the cozy ’t Hof van Eden restuarant at Groenpaats, members Muungano peer support group supervised by AT4SH had thier traditional new year’s diner, on Saturday 24/02/24. The diner was attended by 12 members and two kids. A WhatsApp message on the group’s social media platform from one of the participants summarises the benefits of …

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First African communities’ prevention network meeting for 2024 (24/02/2024)

The first African communities’ prevention network was a sucess. The meeting was attended by representatives of our four key organisations – Bilenge, Acasia, Edo Association and Basibomuko and individual volunteers. There was also a good balance in gender and age. The topics of the meeting were: 1. All Together For Sexual Health (AT4SH) as the …

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COBA test Network Annual meeting – Barcelona

From the 24th – 26th January, Ddungu was in Barcelona for the annual meeting of COBA test network. The COBATEST Network links organizations across Europe and Central Asia who offer community-based voluntary counselling and STI/HIV testing (CBVCT) services and promotes testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care in groups/populations that at a high risk of …

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Peer support and learning weekend for people living with HIV

As every year, the Muungano group and Sensoa positieve got together for a weekend of meeting and sharing in Blankenberge from 29/9 to 01/10/23. Coordinated by two professionals from HIV SAM, a total of 22 members of the Muungano group attended the event. The group was made up of a mixed public of different ages …

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Curious about the promotion of sexual health?

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Curious about sexual health

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Get your booster vaccin

You are 80+ and want to get your 2nd Covid vaccin ? You can go on following dates to following locations without any hustle and bustle! Stay healthy.

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HIV, just another chronic ilness

Still afraid of HIV? Read some reassuring facts about it. If you still have questions, remarks, suggestions, contact us on hivsam@itg.be

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Want to know what the impact of Covid-19 has been on People living with HIV?

Enjoy reading the article of our ambassador My K. HA, Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Antwerp, for all questions, remarks, please contact us on hivsam@itg.be

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European Testing Week 2021

All-Together-for-Health (AT4H), also known as the  HIV-SAM is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV testing, not only to promote the benefits for earlier HIV testing but most importantly to reduce late HIV diagnosis among affected populations in Belgium. Alongside hundreds of organizations participating in the European Testing Week, AT4H joins in the effort to increase …

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