Assessment of HIV testing in Europe: from policy to effectiveness

OBJECTIVES
 
Main objectives:
To analyse HIV testing and counselling in EU countries as reference material for ECDC advice activity to Member States
 
Specific objectives:
To map HIV testing policies and guidelines in the EU Member States
To identify practices and barriers with regard to HIV testing and counselling
To develop a theorethical framework and a model to improve the effectiveness of HIV testing and counselling
 
METHODS
Questionnaire survey among key-informants within the ministries of health, health authorities and professional organisations in each of the EU Member States
Questionnaire survey on the access to HIV testing (policy level)
Structured interviews on the provision of HIV testing services (health care provider level)
Semi-structured interviews on perceptions with regard to HIV testing & counselling (client level)
Applying the Piot-Fransen Model to HIV testing & counselling to specific populations/settings
Consensus development conference on specific recommendations
 
ACTIVITIES
Literature review
Expert meeting
Mapping HIV testing policies in EU
Survey on HIV testing practices and barriers
Development framework and model
 
EXPECTED RESULTS
Literature review
Inventory of HIV testing policies EU
Survey
Framework

Funding agencies

Other

Team

Ms. Jessika Deblonde, Ms. Petra De Koker, Dr. Patricia Claeys, Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Dr. Tomasz Niemiec, Prof Dr. Elina Hemminki, Dr. Kristi Ruutel, Prof Dr. Henrique Barros

Partners

European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC, Sweden, Stockholm); Prof. Dr. Tomasz Niemiec (Reproductive Health Department of the Institute of Mother and Child, Poland, Professor at the Department of Sexual Health, University of Zielona Góra and WHO consultant on vertical transmission of HIV); Prof Dr. Elina Hemminki (University of Helsinki, Finland, Public Health Specialist and Professor Social and Health Policy); Dr. Kristi Ruutel (National Institute for Health Development, Estonia, HIV/AIDS Expert); Prof. Dr. Henrique Barros (Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Portugal, Epidemiologist, Head of the Department and National Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Infection Program, Minstry of Health)

Period

November 01, 2007 - October 31, 2008

Project status

Project closed

Team members

Ms. Patricia Claeys
Ms. Jessika Deblonde
Ms. Marleen Temmerman

Countries

Belgium
Estonia
Europe
Finland
Poland
Portugal
Sweden

Themes

HIV & AIDS