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.
Sing along: how to prevent the HIV infection
Listen to the lyrics, it tells you what you can do so as not to get infected by HIV
Together overcoming the fear of people living with HIV. Stop stigma #worldaidsday and evermore. Members of African communities in Flanders gave very positive messages. Have a look at the posters and watch the videos. Share them with all your family and friends.
The S clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary: Retrospective and latest advances in the management of STIs
The S clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary: Retrospective and latest advances in the management of STIs and HIV prevention” seminar to be held Wednesday, October 09, 2019 at 20h at CHU Saint-Pierre.
Results and conclusions of the survey of needs of people with HIV Friday, October 4, 2019 – Flemish Parliament – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm This symposium is the final piece of a research project into the needs of people with HIV that Sensoa carried out for the Flemish government. We conducted a survey and …
MISSIONS & VALUES General Objective The objective of GAMS Belgium is to contribute to the abandonment of female genital mutilation in Belgium and Worldwide. Specific objectives Prevent FGM among girls and women at risk living in Belgium ; Reduce the impact on health, both psychological and social, of FGM by giving comprehensive support to girls and …
Everything you wanted to know on STD, please come and find out about this Thursday 23 May 2019 from 8-10 PM at ITM. All information and registration available through following link: https://itgitm.sharepoint.com/sites/en-intranet/_layouts/15/Event.aspx?ListGuid=4c29fc31-6173-40b6-a636-1077440814b9&ItemId=46
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 …
Muungano members co-create a communication tool on living well with HIV
In collaboration with the HIV-SAM project of ITM, Ipropeller, and Clarice illustrations, members of Muungano association co-created a brochure entitled “ Understanding HIV in order to live well with it”. The distinguishing mark of this brochure is that it has been created by people living with HIV themselves. “Cet brochure est notre histoire” remarked on …
Who are we? The Project supports HIV prevention and sexual health promotion with Sub-Saharan African Migrants (SAM) in Flanders. Together with the Sub-Saharan African communities and their leaders we develop, implement and evaluate targeted HIV prevention campaigns. We also support sub-Saharan African people living with HIV. Profile Volunteers are an important resource for our prevention …
What health care for undocumented migrants in Belgium
Just before Christmas the KCE (Federaal Kenniscentrum voor de Gezondheidszorg) published KCE Report 257A, a report on urgent medical aid for undocumented migrants in Belgium. Undocumented migrants do not have the necessary papers to reside legally in the country. In compliance with the international treaties, ratified by Belgium, they are entitled though to the so …