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LNS promotes HIV screening in light of European testing week



It is estimated that 15% of people in Luxembourg infected with HIV do not know that they have the virus, says the LNS. Photo: Shutterstock

It is estimated that 15% of people in Luxembourg infected with HIV do not know that they have the virus, says the LNS. Photo: Shutterstock

On the occasion of this year’s autumn edition of the European HIV testing week from 22 to 29 November the national health laboratory (LNS) is organising screenings open to the general public.

The serology and virology unit of the LNS continues its participation in the European HIV testing week from previous years. From 7:30 to 15:00 from Monday to Friday on the week of the 22 November the LNS’ premises in Dudelange will be open to anyone who wishes to get tested. The procedure includes a free of charge blood sample and screening without the need of prescription.

“The aim of the week is to increase access to testing and promote awareness of the benefits of early detection of hepatitis and HIV. Early testing for HIV and hepatitis is essential for prevention and treatment, but the health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly slowed down this testing,” said Dr François Hussenet from the Virology and Serology Service of the LNS.

It is estimated that 15% of people in Luxembourg infected with HIV do not know that they have the virus, says the LNS.

The national laboratory performed 1,786 HIV and 1,767 HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) tests in 2019 of which a total of 46 were positive. The LNS points out that it is important to know one’s status in order to avoid infecting others.