While HIV transmission has been globally declining, new HIV infections have been on the rise in the MENA region. In this frame, we dedicate one of the initiatives of Beirut Pride for HIV in particular, and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in general. Our first installment takes place around December 1st, 2017: World AIDS Day.

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The Initiative

Beirut Pride joins forces with Dr. Jacques Mokhbat (Lebanese AIDS Society) and the National AIDS Control Program in Lebanon (Ministry of Public Health – MOPH) and organises, from Thursday, November 30th, 2017, to Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, a series of activities to communicate on HIV and other STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in collaboration with various organisations, colleges, schools, hospitals, malls and venues.

As the 2017 World AIDS Day campaign focuses on the right to health, our happenings will address prevention, testing, stigma, fear and treatment, in a neutral, accessible approach. They range from pop-up testing stations to talks and parties, FnB branding and TV outreach, the whole complemented with a trilingual online campaign.

Wishing to decentralise this initiative and to interact with many persons, especially individuals often left behind, we collaborate with regional structures in the country in the hope of contributing to mainstream the talk about STIs, lessen the social stigma of HIV positive people and reinforce safe practices.

UNAIDS granted Beirut Pride the right to Arabise their global campaign in order to share it around. "Right to Health" becomes "صحتي_حقي#" and focuses on the importance of testing for HIV.

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Nov. 30–Dec. 2, 2017 PROGRAMME

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Mapping: HIV Testing Centres

Mapping the manifold venues that provide HIV screenings in Lebanon is a practical need. It also allows us to visualise their geographic distribution and to identify the closest centre. While this map shows the most known HIV screening centres in Lebanon, it only lists the still-operating venues that appear on Google Maps and that conduct anonymous, free of charge, rapid tests. The map is based on the latest edition (23 Oct. 2015) of the MOPH Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centres publication that you can access here, and that comprises the Ministry's full listing of centres. Not all venues mentioned in the publication provide a rapid test; some are paid, and require a doctor prescription along with a copy of your ID.

Click on the red pointer to display the name of the centre, its logo, address on Google Maps, phone number, website, detailed address and a brief presentation as featured on the centre's page. We recommend you contact the centre before you show up to make sure they are open.

To navigate the map with your smartphone and find out the closest screening centre to you, open this page on your phone, and press the [   ] icon (expand map), located at the top-right of the map. It automatically opens in Google Maps. The map is saved to your Google Mapshistory, and you can always come back to it by opening Google Maps menu (the three horizontal lines next to "Search Google Maps), then clicking on Your Places, Maps and selecting "HIV Testing Venues in Lebanon".

Kindly contact us in case of missing information. Map lastest update: 20 Nov. 2017.

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I. Global UNAIDS #righttohealth adapted into Arabic

II. Posters of the Ministry of Public health

III. UNAIDS Video: Choose your options for HIV prevention