A Review of Community Health Worker (CHW) knowledge, attitudes and practices relating to the sexual health of MSM, including existing training materials and manuals in Europe and neighbouring countries

by Cinta Folch (CEEISCAT), Percy Fernández-Dávila (CEEISCAT), Jorge Palacio-Vieira (CEEISCAT), Maria Dutarte (EATG), Giulio Maria Corbelli (EATG), Koen Block (EATG)

As part of the ESTICOM (www.esticom.eu) project, a review of evidence on Community Health Workers’ (CHW) knowledge, attitudes and practices about the sexual health of MSM, including behaviour and lifestyle factors as well as the HIV/AIDS, STI and viral hepatitis situation was conducted. Some of the main findings of the review, which can be accessed below, include that CHWs perform a wide variety of roles and responsibilities across different European countries, and use a wide variety of terms to describe what they do (e.g. community advocates, outreach workers, peer counsellors, peer educators, health care providers). The review noted that the availability of scientific literature on CHW knowledge, attitudes and practices about the sexual health of MSM in Europe is scarce.

  • WHO European region
  • Capacity building
  • Care and support
  • Co-infections
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Prevention
  • Research
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • STI's
  • Testing and counselling
  • Treatment
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Gay men and other MSM
  • Health care professionals
  • Men having sex with men (MSM)
  • NGOs
  • People living with HIV (PLHIV)

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