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Call for Tenders - Consultant on Harm Reduction Services for ChemSex Users

AIDS Action Europe is currently looking for a Consultant on Harm Reduction Services for ChemSex Users.  The consultant will be responsible to develop a Training Manual for Harm Reduction Services on Adapting Their Services for ChemSex Users, in close cooperation with the AAE. Please send your tenders with the subject "Consultant on Harm Reduction Services for ChemSex Users" to Deutsche Aidshilfe attn. Nina Tumanyan nina.tumanyan@dah.aidshilfe.de by 9 October 2022.  Read the full description of the call here.
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New project: Community Led and Based HIV Services - Key to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Europe and Central Asia

Community-based voluntary counselling and testing services (CBVCT) have proven to be one of the most effective tools in reaching key populations and providing access to testing for HIV, TB, hepatitis, and STI, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the availability of self-tests for HIV created an option for people who might otherwise avoid testing services due to multiple reasons, including stigma and discrimination. However, numerous barriers standing in the way of provision or scaling up of CBVCTs and HIV self-tests still exist in many countries. These barriers…
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RAPID ASSESSMENT ON PRE-EXPOSURE PROHYLAXIS (PrEP) IN EU/EEA COUNTRIES

AIDS Action Europe is conducting a rapid assessment on the availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability of PrEP in the EU/EEA countries as part of our activities in our core thematic areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), affordability, and addressing legal and policy barriers to HIV services. Based on the information provided, we are publishing a report on the main findings, and a policy brief with recommendations for the European Union and its Member States to support advocacy efforts, at the national and regional level towards universal access to PrEP…

Events

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EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum. June 2022

The EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis Civil Society Forum met on June 15th.  Here is the report from the meeting. Meeting report
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EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum. 1 June 2022

The EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis Civil Society Forum met on June 1 to discuss the coordination of regional NGOs' response to the situation in Ukraine.  Here is the report from the meeting.  Meeting report 
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EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum. 20 April 2022

The EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis Civil Society Forum met on April 20 to discuss the coordination of regional NGOs' response to the situation in Ukraine.  Here is the report from the meeting.  Meeting report 

Publications

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Myth-Busting the Swedish Model: The Evidence Debunking 10 Key Claims of Client Criminalisation

Pioneered in Sweden, where it became law in 1999, this model has now been adopted by six European countries (Norway 2009, Iceland 2009, Northern Ireland 2015, France 2016, Republic of Ireland 2017) and two other countries further afield (Canada 2014, Israel 2017).

The evidence against the Swedish Model approach has been damning. Sex workers have consistently reported that criminalising clients puts their health and wellbeing at greater risk, decreasing their power to negotiate boundaries, forcing them into isolation and experiencing higher rates of crime, including violent crime. 

Moreover, as the factsheet explores in depth, claims on the benefits of the Swedish model by its proponents are not supported by the evidence. Sex workers are not decriminalised - a finding corroborated by an Amnesty International report on the situation in Ireland - and there have been rises in cases of human trafficking, with victims of this trade made even more vulnerable within a system of criminalisation.

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I Must Be Some Person: Accounts from Street Sex Workers in Ireland

According to the report, the introduction of the new criminal law expands beyond legal frameworks, given that the implementation of any legislation involves complex psychological, social, cultural, and geographical as well as demographic factors. The primary research questions that drove the design of the study were formulated to understand the impact that the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act from 2017 had on the quality of life of street sex workers. Therefore, the study asked:

  • To what extent do sex workers in Ireland know the law and their rights?
  • How do sex workers organise their working practices around the law?
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How do people who use drugs receiving Opioid Medication Therapy perceive their treatment ? A multicentre study

The resurgence of heroin use and the misuse of pharmaceutical opioids are some of the reasons for a worldwide increase in opioid dependence. Opioid Medication Therapies (OMT) have amply demonstrated their efficacy. From a medical point of view, the main objectives of OMT concern medical and social outcomes, centred on risk reduction and the cessation of opioid use. But patient points of view can differ and few studies have explored opioid-dependent patient viewpoints on their OMT. This variable seems important to consider in a patient-centred approach. The aim of our study was to explore points of view of people who use drugs (PWUD) treated with OMT, in a large multicentre sample.

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