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OptTEST Newsletter #9

Read about OptTEST national Continuum of Care meetings in Greece and Poland, national cost-effectiveness seminars in France, Spain and Estonia - and other activities and upcoming events here.   

 

Cost-effectiveness
WP6 will present results at a national level meeting in Estonia on the 19th December. The meeeting  take place in the Ministry of Social Affairs. The aim is to introduce the methods and results of the cost-effectiveness analysis to Estonian stakeholders and start a discussion about what should be changed in HIV testing in Estonia - and how - based on these results. The invited participants are from the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health Insurance, Health Board, Estonian Society for Infectious Diseases and other professional societies, WHO Estonia, universities, and patient and vulnerable group representatives (PLHIV, sex workers, PWID and MSM). 

New database on barriers
Barring The Way To Health is a new searchable database which outlines a range of impediments to key populations and others with HIV who seek testing and access to care across the 53 countries of Europe and Central Asia. You can pull out a particular issue that concerns you across Europe, or read about a particular country. You can comment and offer amendments - and if your country is one of the small minority not yet covered, we welcome your information on it. 

Dorthe Raben on HIV testing
Short interview with Dorthe Raben discussing European Testing Week, HIV in Europe and OptTEST today. Please watch and share.
https://youtu.be/-B_SEOSBDPY
 

European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week

Now in its fourth year and the second time hepatitis testing has been included, European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week run 18-25 November 2016. Testing week is spanning the length and breadth of the continent with partners participating from over 50 European countries. Over 500 organizations have signed up to unite for one week to increase awareness of the benefits of HIV and hepatitis testing. 

 

OptTEST at Glasgow

OptTEST had a poster by Lisa Power on legal and regulatory barriers to HIV testing at HIV Drug Therapy, Glasgow 2016 and the outcomes of the work is described in this video clip   



 

Continuum of Care in Poland

On 14 and 15 October OptTEST co-organized the 1st Polish Workshop on the Continuum of Care for HIV. The aim was to create a platform for discussion on how to further strengthen the HIV Continuum of Care in Poland. The participants were national and international HIV clinicians, surveillance people and community organizations. 

 

Linkage to care Athens

26th September the OptTEST and Positive Voice Greece held a stakeholder meeting in Athens, Greece, to discuss Linkage to care  and national challenges in data collection. The meeting was hosted by Greek CDC (KEELPNO) 

 

Newsletter # 8

Read about OptTEST activities in the latest Newsletter

 

Legal Barriers Database

Check out this new database  on legal and regulatory barriers to HIV testing, linkage to care and treatment access across Europe developed by OptTEST partner GNP+ and consultant Lisa Power in collaboration with NAM. The data stems from an online survey answered by 78 respondents covering 2/3 of the 53 WHO European countries. The data will be updated and coverage improved based on feedback from the users. The database can be found here

 

IC-guided HIV testing

Read an interview with Ann Sullivan in EUROBulletin where she reflects on the changing direction of HIV testing approaches and discusses opportunities for normalising HIV testing and using community and indicator condition-guided testing strategies to reduce late diagnosis.

 

OptTEST press release from Durban

“Testing is the entry step to saving lives and must be fully accessible” Read the full OptTEST press release from Durban here

 

OptTEST Newsletter
Read the latest OptTEST newsletter here   

2nd OptTEST Annual Meeting

The OptTEST 2nd annual meeting took place in Madrid at the National School of Health located at the ISCIII  from 17-18 May. Partners and collaborators  met to discuss progress, challenges and sustainability for the project, which is entering its third year. 

 

ECDC Expert meeting on HIV testing
WP5 lead Ann Sullivan presented recently published results on IC guided HIV testing at the Expert meeting: Evaluation of ECDC HIV Testing Guidance in the EU/EEA, Stockholm 28-29 January 2016. Ann presented work from OptTEST Work Package 5 on developing tools and implementing quality interventions to increase the offer of HIV testing to patients diagnosed with ICs. See meeting report here

Conference on HIV testing above the age of 50
OptTESt partner EATG runs the Ageing with HIV - A Lifecycle Approach project about growing up and growing old with HIV. The conference “New Challenges and Unmet Needs of People Living With HIV/AIDS Aged 50+” was organised in Berlin between 31 March and 3 April 2016. Read more here.   

Meeting of the ECDC STI and HIV Networks

Bratislava, 9 March  2016 Sara Croxford, Public Health England, presented OptTEST WP4 work with focus on the analysis made on the feasibility of using the HIV TESSy dataset (case-based reporting of all new diagnoses made in the WHO European Region) to monitor linkage to care in Europe. The meeting report can be found here

 

European HIV Prevention Summit

Lisa Power presenting what works and what doesn't work in HIV testing at The European HIV Prevention Summit hosted by AVAC and EATG in Brussels, 29-31 January 2016 .  


 

5 OptTEST Posters at EACS

5 OptTEST posters were presented at EACS! They can be downloaded here

 
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