TEST OUT: dépistage communautaire et gratuit


Exaequo has been an active member fighting against HIV within the MSM community (Men having Sex with other Men) in the French speaking part of Belgium since 1994. Exaequo has also been a pioneer in non-medicalised, delocalised fast-reading HIV tests since 2013.

Despite the fact that the TEST OUT project stopped being funded by INAMI end of 2014, Exæquo continued offering free testing within the community on a self-funded basis. Two weekly sessions are being held within our premises at 29, Rue des Pierres in Brussels, on Wednesdays (12:00 – 14:00) and Thursdays (19:00 – 21:30). Thanks to a team of volunteers, Exæquo is also present at the Rainbow Houses in Charleroi and Namur, and in saunas in Brussels and Neufchâteau. In Verviers, Exæquo also helps a team of now autonomous local volunteers.

In addition to free HIV testing, the gay and MSM community can find at Exæquo a benevolent and non-judgmental counselling based on sexual practices and other risks, including Chemsex.

Based on SIALON II study, 1 seropositive MSM out of 9 in Brussels ignore his serological status. Taken regularly, an HIV-positive person under treatment can stop transmitting the virus, hence the motto “Undetectable = Untransmittable”.

Regular testing and treatment are nowadays the corner stone of « combined prevention », in the same way as condoms, post-exposure treatment and PrEP. Exaequo is present on all fronts in collaboration with hospitals and other members present on the field.

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Website: www.exaequo.be