STI and HIV prevention in men who have sex with men in Europe
This report gives an overview of the current status of STI and HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in EU/EEA countries. It reviews HIV and STI prevention interventions targeted at MSM, and the evaluations of those interventions. Education-based interventions were the most frequent prevention intervention activity followed by counselling and testing.
The report found that although the focus of HIV and STI prevention intervention for MSM may be disease specific, the integration of prevention intervention into a comprehensive approach for disease prevention in the context of sexual health for MSM should be considered.
Across Europe men who have sex with men (MSM) represent one of the key groups affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI). At present, MSM account for almost half of all syphilis cases reported in Europe – with some countries reporting almost 80% of all cases in this group. On-going outbreaks and rising trends among MSM suggest the need for reinforced prevention initiatives.
The report STI and HIV prevention in men who have sex with men in Europe identifies many of the needs and challenges with respect to STI and HIV prevention among MSM. Despite the increasing STI and HIV trends, many innovative approaches to prevention among MSM exist.
Sharing these practices between the EU Member States is essential to effectively tackle STI and HIV in the wider context of the sexual health of men who have sex with men in Europe. Divided in three parts, the document offers an updated inventory of STI and HIV trends among MSM in Europe from 1995-2010, a literature review of behavioural and psychosocial STI and HIV prevention interventions among MSM and a review of intervention evaluations
The report recognises that combined prevention interventions are a key to control STI and HIV. Moreover, to improve the quality and effectiveness of prevention interventions, the design of any intervention should be based on epidemiological appraisal and behavioural profile of the specific MSM population. Consistent surveillance systems that support interpretation of trends and dissemination of prevention intervention need to be implemented at national and local level.
Developing a national strategy for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections
4 Sep 2019 - This report outlines suggested steps to develop, implement and coordinate a national STI strategy and action plan. It includes approaches to ensure the necessary stakeholder engagement for such strategies to succeed.
Euro-GASP external quality assessment scheme for Neisseria gonorrhoeae antimicrobial susceptibility testing
3 Sep 2019 - External quality assessment (EQA) is an essential part of any laboratory-based surveillance system, allowing for the monitoring of performance and comparability of results from participating laboratories, identification of potential issues, and deployment of resources and training where necessary.
EMIS-2017 – The European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey
29 Aug 2019 - This report presents a comprehensive analysis of the results of a 2017 survey among men who have sex with men (MSM). Based on the responses of some 128 000 participants in Europe, it provides insights on their knowledge of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STI), sexual behaviour, prevention needs and testing habits.