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.
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)
Read about OptTEST activities in the latest Newsletter
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
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.
“Testing is the entry step to saving lives and must be fully accessible” Read the full OptTEST press release from Durban here.
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.
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.
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 were presented at EACS! They can be downloaded here.