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Positive prevention

Positive prevention has been increasingly recognized as an effective building block of overall HIV prevention. It aims at protecting the health of People Living With HIV (PLHIV) while at the same time preventing HIV transmission. Positive prevention as we understand it, is guided by human rights principles and aims at ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of PLHIV.

Positive prevention with and for PLHIV creates an enabling environment, in which PLHIV can take control over their health. This includes coping with the social, psychological and medical impact of living with HIV. Structural factors, like the socio-economic and ethnic background of an individual, and the migration experience, have an important influence on how people perceive living with HIV (for instance the importance of having a child, breastfeeding, religion, stigma, etc.). The culturally sensitive and tailored psychosocial support that we offer, takes all of these factors into account. Complementary to the multidisciplinary care delivered by the HIV Reference Centers, we organize patient support groups, offer individual counseling by a counsellor of Sub-Saharan African origin, peer support, and workshops on coping with HIV. In addition, we give advice for professional HIV service providers who may have specific questions about how to deal with culturally specific issues in supporting PLHIV.

Are you looking for support?

  • Other organisations offering patient support in Belgium
    • Sensoa: individual patient support, peer support and a monthly hiv-café, based in Antwerp
    • Vhiva: support group for women living with HIV, based in Antwerp
    • Lhiving: psychosocial support to people living with HIV or another chronic illness living in poverty, based in Brussels
    • Libiki : peer support for Africans living with HIV, based in Brussels
    • Plat-forme Sida: individual patient support, peer support and patient groups, based in Brussels
    • Sidasol Liège
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Workshop living with HIV

Are you a person living with HIV or do you know someone living with HIV and needs support? Our workshop “Diagnosed with HIV? You are not alone” will be organized again two times in 2019 in English and French. The workshop provides a safe space for  people living with HIV of African origins to meet …

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3rd BREACH Post CROI Meeting

Wednesday 03/04/2019 18:00 – 21:00 at  CHU Saint-Pierre – Forum – Bastenie

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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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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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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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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 …

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Do you want to help us in the fight against HIV

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 …

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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 …

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Witboek over de machtiging tot verblijf om medische redenen (9ter)

Het Witboek geeft een zicht op de wettelijke bepalingen in het kader van de 9ter procedure en de huidige praktijk van de Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken. Het kwam tot stand nadat een aantal praktijkbeoefenaars uit de medische, juridische en associatieve sector (o.a. Medimmigrant) dezelfde bekommernissen leken de te delen over het lot van ernstig zieke vreemdelingen die …

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