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New campaign for World AIDS Day organized by the Association “AIDES” Saint-Martin

MARIGOT: In 2021, the theme of the day is “Ending inequality. Put an end to AIDS. Put an end to pandemics”. This year, on World AIDS Day, UNAIDS is focusing on the urgent eradication of inequalities that fuel the AIDS epidemic and other pandemics around the world.

On December 1, 2021, the AIDES network is mobilizing to offer visibility, advocacy, awareness-raising and testing activities throughout the French West Indies and mainland France.

Created in 1984, AIDES is the first association to fight against AIDS and hepatitis in France and Europe. AIDES has been in Saint-Martin since January 1, 2008. A team of about twenty activists carry out prevention activities for the public and support people living with HIV and/or hepatitis.

It is recognized as a public service and labeled “donation in confidence” by the Charter Committee and aims to transform society to put an end to epidemics, by mobilizing people affected by HIV and/or viral hepatitis, and by carrying out actions to support HIV-positive people and prevent the transmission of the virus.  

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The AIDES association Territoire d’Action Antilles is highlighting a real public health issue because the celebration of World AIDS Day comes in the context of a difficult global health crisis with the Covid-19 epidemic. This situation makes it difficult for people living with HIV or hepatitis and for the most vulnerable to access care and rights. The primary objective is therefore the implementation of risk reduction actions to avoid the transmission of HIV and hepatitis as much as possible: proposal of rapid HIV and hepatitis C screening in the TRODIBUS and at the AIDES premises, distribution of self-tests, internal and external condoms, health workshops, information on modes of transmission and prevention, information on HIV preventive treatment: the PREP, communication on social networks and the defense of people’s rights.

AIDES Saint-Martin works throughout the island with HIV-positive people and populations most vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis: from an epidemiological point of view, Saint-Martin has about 500 people living with HIV and about the same number of people who do not know their serology on the whole island. With the health crisis, we observe an increase in precariousness for these people, an increase in inequalities in terms of health care, access to jobs, and high living costs, calling into question health as a priority.

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Screening activities are planned from November 26 to December 1: it will be possible to perform a TROD (rapid diagnostic test) HIV and/or Hepatitis C and to ask all your health questions about HIV, to be sensitized to Serophobia, to stock up on condoms and other risk reduction materials, as well as to benefit from individual interviews.

The planned activities will be publicized in the local press and on social networks. The highlight of the week will be the inauguration of the new premises on November 29 in the presence of institutional partners and associations as well as the President of AIDES Antilles Territory Jason Theophille.

To raise public awareness and in cooperation with its partners, AIDES is giving you the opportunity to meet:

– Friday, November 26th at the AIDES office from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: STI and HIV rapid screening with the CEGIDD of the AIDES SXM Hospital

– Monday, November 29th at 5:00 p.m.: Inauguration of the AIDES office in Concordia

– Tuesday, November 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:offer of rapid HIV and hepatitis C screening in Agrément in the TRODIBUS in collaboration with the Red Cross EMIS

– Wednesday, December 1st from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: broadcasting of prevention spots on a giant screen in the Bellevue area with a rapid screening offer in the TRODIBUS

– The association’s office is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and by appointment at 0590586523/0696304062

You will be able to consult the program on the AIDES SAINT-MARTIN Facebook page throughout the week, as well as the broadcasting of prevention spots, including the national campaign on seropositivity.

For all information, please contact the association AIDES Territoire d’Actions Antilles

– Saint-Martin: 0690 68 91 50 0590 58 65 23

– Fort de France: 0696 30 50 58 0596 60 96 59

– Basse-Terre : 0696 43 15 41 0590 60 49 50

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