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HIV in Europe Newsletter
 
Issue No. 6 - December 2010

Release of new ECDC HIV Testing Guidance, 1st December 2010, European Parliament, Brussels

On December 1st 2010, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) launched its new HIV testing guidance to support countries to improve their national HIV testing strategies. HIV in Europe has been part of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV testing and presented at the seminar bringing together some of Europe's leading HIV experts and EU policy makers.

HIV in Europe welcomes the guidelines and the focus on  increasing the uptake and effectiveness of HIV testing in Europe in order to achieve earlier diagnosis and access to care for people living with HIV.

Press release: The HIV in Europe Initiative welcomes the ECDC Guidance  presented to the European Parliament on World AIDS Day 2010.

Speech by John DALLI, Member of the European Commission responsible for Health and Consumer Policy "Effective HIV testing is an important step in fighting the epidemic" 
Recent HIV in Europe Presentations and Publications

Presentations:

The HIV in Europe Study " HIV Indicator Diseases Across Europe" was presented during the 10th International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection, Glasgow 7-11 November 2010.

HIV in Europe also presented a poster at the 2010 National Summit on HIV Diagnosis, Prevention, and Access to Care, Washington 18-19 November 2010.

Publication:

"A timely reminder", Public Service Review, Health and Social Care, issue 25, nov 2010
 
Website: www.hiveurope.eu

Financial support of the initiative has been provided by Gilead Sciences, Merck, Tibotec, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, ViiV Healthcare and the Swedish Research Council.