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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.

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.

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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????

Save the date: De toekomst van seks (14 december)Wat betekent seksualiteit over 25 jaar? Zullen we nog fysiek seks hebben, of enkel online? Wie of wat zal in 2046 ons denken over seks beïnvloeden? Hoe zien relaties er over een kwarteeuw uit? Is de monogamie voorgoed gezwicht en heeft ze plaats geruimd voor gloednieuwe relatievormen? …

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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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Jonger dan 26? Zeg je Vaccin-gedacht

Wil jij de wereld laten weten wat jongeren over het Covid-vaccin denken? Laat het ons weten. Jouw mening telt!!!!

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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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Social Stigma: The Hidden Threat of COVID-19.

Stigma is a pervasive problem that creates more fear and anger against people instead of focusing on the illness behind it. Stigma has its basis in discrimination against a group of people, a place or a nation. During this pandemic, people tend to look for a culprit for the situation out of fear of illness …

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