Free HIV testing week launches in Luxembourg
(MH) Luxembourg's Health Ministry launches a summer campaign for July regarding the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. In support of the campaign, Luxembourg Red Cross will organise a national week of HIV testing from July 6 to 11.
The main goal is to raise awareness and spread the word to inform the public about the several testing services that are available throughout the country.
“With more than 36 million people worldwide suffering from HIV, AIDS is and will remain a major concern of public health”, Health Minister Lydia Mutsch stated. During a press conference, a shocking statement was released revealing that HIV patients in the country have increased by 15 percent. While in 2013 only 83 were diagnosed with the virus, the number increased to 96 in 2014.
Among the 2,3 million Europeans suffering from HIV, one in three is unaware of their infection with the virus. In Luxembourg, 25 percent are uninformed about their health condition and 50 percent are diagnosed long after first symptoms have appeared.
In 2009, new testing services were introduced only taking a few minutes to obtain results. In addition, a so-called 'DIMPS' van, an acronym that loosely translates as “Mobile service Intervention for the Promotion of Sexual Health”, travels around the country offering free and anonymous testing and counselling services. The DIMPS van will also participate in the upcoming Gaymat festival in Esch-sur-Alzette.
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