The meeting will first examine the results and policy implications of the projects Optimising testing and linkage to care for HIV across Europe (OptTEST) and Operational knowledge to improve HIV early diagnosis and treatment among vulnerable groups in Europe (Euro HIV EDAT).
In particular, it will address:
- Ways to overcome barriers to HIV testing with new approaches
- Tools for innovative testing strategies
- Improving linkage to care
- Cost-effectiveness and monitoring of HIV testing recent research and pilots
In the afternoon of the 19th September a policy session and debate on how to move towards integration of HIV, hepatitis, TB & STIs is arranged with the official launch of the EU co–financed Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and link to care strategies across HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in Europe (INTEGRATE), which brings together 29 partners from 15 countries and will run for three years.