Meeting of the networks for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV

8 Mar 2016 - 11 Mar 2016
Bratislava, Slovakia
ECDC, WHO Regional Office for Europe

​This joint meeting of the networks on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and HIV offered a platform for expert discussion among nominated ECDC contact points for STI and HIV on 8-9 March. On 10-11 March 2016, the European network for HIV/AIDS Surveillance brought together the nominated HIV/AIDS surveillance contact and focal points of the 53 countries of the WHO European Region.

The aim of the network meeting was to achieve a better understanding of the spread of STI and HIV across Europe, the differences across EU/EEA Member States as well as best practices in surveillance, monitoring, prevention and control. The meeting also provided strategic guidance to ECDC in developing future activities in order to support Member States in their work on HIV and STI.

Discussions and working groups on the first day focused on how to take forward STI surveillance activities, including the surveillance of multidrug resistant gonorrhoea.

During the second day, plenary session presentations focused on topics that are common to STI and HIV, such as factors affecting HIV and STI transmission and control among men who have sex with men and their effects on surveillance. The sessions allowed dissemination of information and supporting the sharing of best practices among HIV and STI experts.

The last two days of the meeting focused on measurement and prevention and control activities along the HIV continuum of care.

Participation in this meeting was by invitation only.