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What is the HIV-SAM Project?

The HIV-SAM project aims at promoting sexual health and HIV prevention in the communities of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in Flanders.

As in most western European countries, Sub-Saharan African migrants are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS. Although they are a small migrant community ( approximately 60,000 individuals in Flanders, or 0.94% of the Flemish population and 9.43 % of all the migrants). They account for 33 % of cumulative HIV diagnoses (2013) which makes them the second largest group affected by HIV after men having sex with men.

The Flemish Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Family has reacted to the HIV crisis in this population and commissioned targeted HIV prevention. The HIV-SAM Project started in 1996. At present, we work on the basis of a five year management agreement (2016-2021) which responded to an open call for field organizations. Our current work is guided by the priorities stipulated in the five-year policy plan. Each year our work is fine-tuned through a detailed annual plan approved by the Ministry . Since the beginning of our work, we have aimed at promoting sexual health and preventing HIV in the communities of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in Flanders. Our work also contributes to the implementation of the 2014 National HIV-Plan.

Our mission statement

The HIV-SAM Project is dedicated to promoting sexual health and well-being among Sub-Saharan African communities living in Flanders and to reducing HIV/AIDS in this population. Adopting a comprehensive, participatory and evidence-based approach, we aim to contribute to effective “combination prevention”. This includes

We also aim at strengthening capacity for HIV prevention in community organizations and among professional service providers. Through our networks of community organizations and their community leaders, we aim at mobilizing an effective community response to HIV in an environment free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

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 [email protected]

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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 [email protected]

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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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BREACH’s CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Breach’s call for abstracts was prolonged till 7 October 2021. The abstracts can be presented at the HIV and SARS-CoV-2 hybrid symposium on 21 October 2021.

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Best publication contest – BREACH Awards 2021

On behalf of our partners: Dear all,  For the sixth time – second time sponsored by ViiV – we will organize the “Best Belgian papers on HIV” contest.   Candidates who want to apply for the price need to submit their research work via a full peer reviewed paper to BREACH. Any professional working within the …

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Say yes to a Corona-Vaccin

Thinking of getting vaccinated against CORONA? Want to get it over with, without an appointment, without having to bring your papers, without rushing, … then check out the following places and dates. Go ahead and eliminate the risk of being infected with Covid-19. On to the next level of safety. * Wednesday 22 December from …

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Get vaccinated

If you want to get vaccinated against CORONA without appointment, without having to bring any papers, without any hustle, …check above mentioned locations and dates. Just go there and get rid of the risk of getting infected by Covid-19.

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HIV STOPS HERE

Visit the Sensoa stand at the Pride Village (Operaplein) during the Antwerp Pride (14-15 August).If you want to help stop HIV, advertise their stand on your social media (see bottom of this message) and/or share the campaign spot HIV stops here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHfVuBdQqL4…) on your own social media as from Saturday August 14!How can you advertise? …

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Sex in 2060????

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VACCINATION FOR EVERYONE IN ANTWERP

You can receive your vaccination against COVID-19 on the dates and places below, without an appointment. You can get the J&J vaccine (1 vaccination is sufficient) if you are 18+ and a resident of the city of Antwerp, Stabroek, Wommelgem, Schoten and Borsbeek. Also people without a valid residence permit or in a precarious living …

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