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Promotion of HIV testing

Our main goal in the promotion of HIV testing in Sub-Saharan African communities in Flanders is early diagnosis of HIV and timely access to care. More than half of Sub-Saharan Africans living with HIV (52%) received their HIV diagnosis late (CD4<350cells/µl or AIDS symptoms within three months after the HIV diagnosis). This delay in diagnosis results in:

  • delayed access to treatment,
  • (probably) more severe medical consequences of the HIV-infection
  • an increased risk of HIV transmission

An early diagnosis of HIV benefits patients and is at the same time an effective way to stop the spread of HIV.

Recent research has also shown that many Sub-Saharan African migrants living with HIV may not know their HIV status. The TOGETHER study, conducted in Antwerp in 2014, has shown that 6% of Sub-Saharan African women and 3% of the Sub-Saharan African men living in Antwerp are HIV positive; 53% of them did not report their status.

The promotion of knowing one’s HIV status and reducing barriers for HIV-testing is therefore a priority for the HIV-SAM Project. Together with community leaders we organize different activities to sensitize the Sub-Saharan African communities in Flanders about the importance of HIV testing. In addition, we bring HIV testing to the communities by organizing outreach HIV testing sessions. Many diagnostic opportunities are missed in the regular health care system because doctors do not routinely propose an HIV test. Therefore we also promote provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling at the rotuine health care level. To achieve this, we mainly work with first line service providers and their professional associations.

More information about HIV-testing among Sub-Saharan African migrants? Read our studies.

Calendar 2018

  7th BREACH Symposium: Friday 30st of November Bruges (more information will follow)

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Symposium sexual health 14th of December

The Healthcare and Health Agency is organizing a symposium on Sexual Health in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels on Friday the 14th of December. The Symposium is commissioned by Minister Vandeurzen and is organized in collaboration with Sensoa. During the symposium, there will be recommendations to improve sexual health in Flanders in a preventive manner …

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9th of June 2018 World Festival Ngoma – Buurtcentrum Dampoort Ghent

Africa in Flandres invites you cordially to the yearly FREE Ngoma Festival at Doornakkerstraat 54 – 9000 Gent, sponsored by the City of Ghent NgomaFestival2018 Agenda: 12:00 o’clock: Kick off Festival 14:00 o’clock: Work shop djembé with Beh Palm (Burkina Faso) 15.00 o’clock: Opening exhibtion with A.KUMBI (D.R. Congo), J. VELDEMAN (Belgium) and P. WOKMENI …

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Cultural day

  The organization BASI BO MOKO is happy to invite you to a cultural day about Africa. On this day different countries will be discussed and we’ll discuss the values and standards, typical features, dishes, traditions, etc of each country. Do you have African roots? Or do you have African friends or colleagues? Or are …

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Workshop how to live with HIV

Our workshop “living with HIV” starts again in June. The workshops consist of a series of 4 sessions that will continue in June. What: sessions on how to deal with your HIV status. The sessions are intended for people who are HIV positive. Childcare can be arranged if this is requested in advance. When: 2.16, …

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Muungano dinner

It’s that time of the year again! Muungano, peer group, cordinally invites you to their dinner on the 23rd of June. Muungano tries to organize a dinner every year and the menu has never dissapointed. Everybody is welcome to join us in this African feast. There will be enough vegetarian options and everything is halal! Please …

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Interactive workshop HIV stigma Afrika FilmFestival

What: HIV-related stigma is still persistent around the world with a lot of consequences for the people living with HIV, both on an individual level as community level. Dr. Lazare Manirankunda did research about HIV-related stigma in the sub-Saharan African community and will share his results with us. Afterwards we’ll go into discussion with each other …

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Zanzu Network day: 19th of June

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Zanzu Network Day of Sensoa will take place. The BEL in Brussels is open that day for all professionals who work with people with a migrant background about sexual health. The agenda contains interesting speakers, workshops and a networking moment. And the day will end with a reception. During …

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My experience at the ILGA Warshaw conference

One of our HIV-sam ambassadors attented the ILGA conference in Warshaw. Read about her impressions and her experiences below. An amazing and breathtaking conference was held in Warsaw, Poland with the focus on CHANGE. The main goal was mobilising communities, whether sub-Saharan communities or not, and assuring the rise of movements. The conference was about homophobic …

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Workshop recently diagnosed HIV, 4th of November

The HIV-Sam project is organising workshops for sub-Saharan Africans who were (recently) diagnosed with HIV. The workshop wants to: – discuss how to deal with this diagnosis. – answer questions you have about this diagnosis. – create a safe environment in which stories can be shared. This workshop consists of 5 modules. The first module …

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