Seven ways to reduce infections among people who inject drugs: Joint guidance reportArchived
’Prevention of infections among people who inject drugs is achievable and effective – if it is properly executed’, stresses ECDC Director Marc Sprenger. In recent years, many European countries have achieved substantial progress in preventing drug-related infections. Drug injecting, however, remains a major cause of infectious diseases across Europe. The interventions proposed in the guidance report range from the supply of injection equipment, testing and vaccination to the treatment of infections and drug dependence. These are best applied in combination and ideally in the same venue for maximum effect.
In their guidance report Prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs, the agencies explore good and evidence-based public health practices that can support effective policies to reduce infections. Common blood-borne viruses in this group include HIV, hepatitis B and C as well as tuberculosis. Launching the report during a meeting of infectious disease experts in Lisbon today, the two agencies aim to support countries across Europe in their efforts to reduce infection risks.
ECDC releases operational guidance on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis in the EU/EEA and the UK
5 Mar 2021 - ECDC has developed an operational guidance to support countries in their efforts and to harmonise the overall approach taken to PrEP implementation in the region.
ECDC and WHO call for improved HIV testing in Europe
26 Nov 2020 - The number of people living with undiagnosed HIV is increasing in the WHO European Region. According to data published today by ECDC and the WHO/Europe, more than 136 000 people were newly diagnosed in 2019 – roughly 20% of these were diagnosed in the EU/EAA and 80% in the eastern part of the European Region. Every second HIV diagnosis (53%) happens at a late stage of the infection, when the immune system has already started to fail. This is a sign that testing strategies in the Region are not working properly to diagnose HIV early.
World AIDS Day 2020: The way towards 2030: diversified testing to diagnose HIV early
1 Dec 2020 to 1 Dec 2020 - One of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals is to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Still, 2 094 AIDS cases were reported in the EU/EEA during 2019. This shows a significant problem with late diagnosis of HIV infection. Detecting HIV only years after the infection is one reason for on-going transmission in Europe. One in every four AIDS cases occurred long after HIV diagnosis, indicating insufficient linkage to HIV care, access to antiretroviral treatment and adherence support.