Fast-track the end of AIDS in the EU - practical evidence-based interventions
As one of the Maltese Presidency of the European Union of the Council initiatives, a technical meeting brought together leading experts on HIV prevention and control from across the EU to discuss how Europe could improve its response to HIV and achieve the targets outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals, the actions agreed at the UN High-Level meeting on HIV/AIDS and those adopted in the Global Health Sector Strategy at the World Health Assembly.
The experts discussed practical evidence-based interventions and strategies, shared achievements and examples of good practices and identified solutions to common challenges. The priority areas where efforts should be scaled-up were discussed.
Although there have been impressive gains in reducing the number of AIDS diagnoses during the last decade, the burden of HIV infection remains unacceptably high in Europe. Each year about 30 000 people are newly diagnosed with HIV in the EU/EEA, and almost another 110 000 people are known to be infected in the broader European Region. Europe is the region with the fastest growing rate of infection in the world. There is good evidence on what works to effectively prevent and control HIV. In order to reverse the HIV epidemic in the EU/EEA, countries need to scale up:
- HIV prevention, both in terms of coverage and uptake, especially those targeting men who have sex with men, migrants and people who inject drugs;
- HIV testing, to reduce the undiagnosed fraction and ensure early linkage to care for people living with HIV (PLHIV);
- HIV treatment, to ensure that the proportion of PLHIV with an undetectable viral load is increased, both for their personal benefit as well as to reduce future HIV transmission.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis in the EU/EEA. PrEP service delivery and monitoring: minimum standards and key principles
15 Nov 2018 to 16 Nov 2018 - In a two-day meeting organised by ECDC and UNAIDS, representatives of 22 European countries discussed how to improve the delivery of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) across Europe. The meeting brought together country delegates, PrEP users and community HIV advocates to seek ways to strengthen the provision and monitoring of PrEP.
World AIDS Day 2018: Know the epidemic, shape the response
1 Dec 2018 to 1 Dec 2018 - The tools to end new HIV infections and AIDS exist. The knowledge on how to use them is agreed upon. Nevertheless late diagnosis of HIV remains a challenges across the European Union and European Economic Area.
World AIDS Day 2017
1 Dec 2017 to 1 Dec 2017 - One in 2 people living with HIV are diagnosed late in the course of their infection. So late, that two out of three people with AIDS in the EU/EEA receive their diagnosis within only three months of discovering they had HIV. For World AIDS Day 2017, ECDC highlighted the problem of late diagnosis and the need for diversifying HIV testing approaches.