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The HIV Red Cross Service, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is organizing the Luxembourg national HIV testing week for the third consecutive year from 26 June to 30 June 2017.

This week is an opportunity to remind people that HIV testing is the only way to know their HIV status, ie whether they were infected with HIV or not.

Even though the number of deaths and contaminated by the virus is decreasing by 35%, the spread of the disease is not contained, and 2.1 millions new infections occur each year.

In Luxembourg, an estimated 1,000 people are infected, including 20% ​​without knowing it.

The Ministry of Health reminds that last year 98 new cases were registered in Luxembourg, 73 men and 25 women, mainly in the framework of heterosexual relations and exchange of syringes of drugs.

The Ministry therefore insists on the importance of continuing to carry out actions and information and awareness-raising campaigns, targeting in particular drug addicts, prostitutes and marginalized people; to remind the messages of prevention and protection, that is to say the systematic use of the condom during sexual relations with a partner whose serological status is unknown; to encourage early detection through HIV testing, so that treatment can begin as early as possible, thereby reducing the risk of further contamination.

From 26 to 30 June 2017, it will be possible to carry out a free and anonymous blood-screening test in the various antennas of the Forges du Sud laboratories, KetterThill and the ‘Laboratoires réunis’, as well as throughout the year at the Emile Mayrisch hospital in Esch-sur-Alzette, the Luxembourg hospital, the Centre hospitalier du Nord in Ettelbruck, and the National Health Laboratory.

The Red Cross’s Mobile Sexual Health Intervention System (DIMPS), which offers the possibility of an HIV test by rapid test, will be present at the Luxembourg train station from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday, 26 June. It will also be possible to carry out rapid, free and anonymous screening tests every working day of this national week at the Red Cross HIV Service, 94, General Patton Boulevard, from 5 to 7 pm.

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