Figures are given at “year -1”. But the trend is there: AIDS did not decline between 2019 and 2018 in the Grand Duchy.
The Ministry of Health provides some details on the evolution of AIDS in the country. In 2019, 49 new AIDS infections were identified, the same number as in 2018. What to alert: “AIDS is still there!”, Warns the ministry. The good news, however: the outbreak of the epidemic among drug addicts has been stopped. Only 3 cases were identified in 2019, and these are cases contracted “before 2019”, estimates the ministry, for reasons of accounting organization. Regarding the distribution of new infections according to sexual orientation, the ministry notes the following data: “these new infections are mainly due to heterosexual transmission (24 cases) and homo / bisexual transmission (22 cases). In general, new infections in women continue to decrease while they increase in men. ”
The president of the AIDS Committee, Carole Devaux, also fears the impact of the coronavirus on screening, for the statistics of the next report: “the confinement has had a definite impact on the screening strategies put in place in the country, made less accessible ”.
Get tested, from November 20 to 27
The European Screening Week takes place for the 8th year in Luxembourg, from November 20 to November 27. “The aim is to promote spontaneous HIV testing,” the ministry explains. 15% of AIDS carriers did not know they were positive in Luxembourg, we learn.
During the screening week, it will be possible to screen by blood test, without a prescription and free of charge in the following laboratories: Ketterthill, Bionext and throughout the year at the National Health Laboratory in Dudelange.
Three ways to get tested in Luxembourg
• Screening by blood test in hospital or in the laboratory (6 weeks after a risk of HIV infection).
• Screening by rapid diagnostic orientation test (TROD) for HIV Berodung (from 12 weeks after a risk of HIV infection). This method involves taking a drop of blood from the tip of the finger.
• Self-test screening (from 12 weeks after a risk of HIV infection). The method allows the person to proceed to the screening at home, in complete discretion. Since July 2019, HIV self-tests have been available in Luxembourg in pharmacies and since November in Cactus supermarkets.