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eurosupport 5
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An estimated 2.2 million people are currently living with HIV in Europe (UNAIDS estimate). Since 2000, the rate of newly reported cases of HIV per million population has almost doubled in Europe (HIV Euro 2008).Thanks to combination therapies, HIV has turned into a manageable chronic disease. Today, quality of life issues have become the focus of comprehensive HIV care, of which sexual and reproductive health (SRH) forms an important part (e.g. the child desire, family planning and sexual risk reduction needs).
As most of the new HIV infections in Europe occur through unprotected sexual contacts (among men having sex with other men in first place, and heterosexual infections in second place), meeting the SRH-related service needs of PLWH is a public health priority. Service providers must be equipped with sound tools that help them address SRH issues effectively.

Eurosupport 5 showed that a more structured and coherent approach in supporting PLWH in their many needs relating to SRH was necessary, including support in sexual risk reduction. While service providers have a key position in delivering such services, there is clearly a huge training necessity in this area.
More information on the Eurosupport 5 project and its results

By developing a training and resource package (TRP) we aim at improving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of people living with HIV/AIDS (human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

The Eurosupport 6 project’s general objective is to prevent HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) by supporting service providers to deliver effective sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions. We intend to realize this objective by designing, implementing, evaluating and disseminating a theory-guided and evidence-based TRP. Service providers in HIV care and community-based settings will be targeted by the TRP.

The project has received a grant from the European Public Health Programme 2008-2013 to contribute to preventing onwards HIV and STI transmission, therefore improving healthier life styles among PLWH; to this end we develop and disseminate good practices for service providers in an integrated field of HIV and SRH. ES 6 develops evidence-based support strategies for SRH for 2 prioritized target groups of PLHA: men having sex with men (MSM) and migrants, where we focus on heterosexual transmission. These support strategies will be translated into tailored interventions using a participatory approach to safeguard the SRH needs and rights of PLWH. Intervention mapping is used as the theoretical guidance to develop comparable interventions across settings. Methods applied will be review of the existing state-of-the-art with respect to prevention research, developing and implementing brief counselling sessions supported by computer-assisted modules and testing these for effectiveness using a prospective experimental design (pre- and post test over a 9 months period).

The TRP will contain the revised intervention and trainer manuals for service providers. In addition, an online training tool will be part of the TRP to distribute the intervention in a qualitative but cost-effective manner to a larger group of stakeholders (collaborative partners and other interested field organizations). Two training workshops are planned to train the associated and collaborative partners plus other interested organizations in the use of the intervention and the TRP. The Eurosupport network will be used to both improve capacity building among service providers and to disseminate the TRP.

Main outcome of the project will be to improve capacity of service providers in delivering comprehensive SRH interventions thus enabling PLWH to prevent onwards HIV transmission and improve their SRH.


Eurosupport 6 is funded by the European Commission (EC) with Grant Agreement Nr. 2008 1204

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