Spring European Testing Week 2020
In order to maximise the benefits of treatment for HIV or viral hepatitis, it is critical to test and diagnose people as soon as possible in the course of the infection. The European Testing week is a European campaign that encourages partner organisations throughout Europe to unite for one week twice a year to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing.
ECDC publishes first report monitoring progress towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C in the EU/EEA
This year the European Testing week (ETW) coincides with the release of the ECDC report on the first collation of data relating to the monitoring of the progress towards the elimination of hepatitis B and C for EU/EEA countries.
A key finding of the report is that available data indicate a high proportion of people living with hepatitis B and C infections are undiagnosed. This indicates that concerted efforts are needed to scale up testing for hepatitis B and C, especially among people who inject drugs and people in prison, if countries in the EU/EEA are to have any chance of reaching the 2030 targets on diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression.
Read the ECDC news story with key highlights or download the full report below.
Other key outputs
Public health guidance on HIV, hepatitis B and C testing in the EU/EEA
23 Nov 2018 - This guidance aims to provide EU/EEA countries with an evidence-based framework to help develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own national HBV, HCV and HIV testing guidelines and programmes.
HIV Combination prevention: Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia (2018 progress report)
15 May 2020 - HIV combination prevention is an approach that brings together single prevention initiatives into a comprehensive programme. This approach considers that the offer of multiple evidence-based interventions in a comprehensive programme will have a greater impact on HIV transmission than investing in a single strategy. In this report we present and test the feasibility of a novel approach to monitoring the implementation of combination HIV prevention at national level.
HIV testing, Monitoring implementation of the Dublin Declaration on partnership to fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: 2018 progress report
27 Nov 2019 - This report presents the situation of HIV testing in Europe and Central Asia. It summarises data on implementation of national guidelines that shape HIV testing policies, the provision and uptake of HIV testing services in general and among key populations, and efforts being made to widen engagement with HIV testing and reduce late diagnosis.
European Test Finder
Find out where you can have a test for HIV, hepatitis or other sexually transmitted infections across Europe. With the European Test Finder, it only takes a few seconds to locate a testing site near you.Read more
European Testing Week
European Testing Week is an European campaign that encourages partner organisations — in community, health care and policy institutions — throughout Europe to unite for one week twice a year to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing.Read more
HIV infection and AIDS
Hepatitis B and C
About the campaign
ETW is a European campaign that encourages partner organisations, in community, health care and policy institutions, throughout Europe to unite for one week twice a year to increase testing efforts and promote awareness on the benefits of earlier hepatitis and HIV testing.
The initiative is a widely recognised European event with hundreds of organisations participating every year. What once started as an annual event has now become a biannual event with two ETWs occurring each year in Spring (May) and Autumn (November).
Now in its eighth year, the European Testing Week initiative will hold its third Spring European Testing Week from 15-22 May 2020.
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HIV infection and AIDS
HIV is a virus which attacks the immune system and causes a lifelong severe illness with a long incubation period. The end-stage of the infection, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), results from the destruction of the immune system.Read more
Hepatitis B is a liver disease that results from infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and is spread through contact with infected body fluids or blood products.Read more
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis infection, ranging in severity from a mild illness that lasts only a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness resulting in cirrhosis and liver cancer.Read more