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Conference invitation – From HIV testing and linkage to care to the integration of HIV, Hepatitis, TB & STIs

We are pleased to inform you about the European conference “from HIV testing and linkage to care to the integration of HIV, Hepatitis, TB & STIs” that will take place on 19 September at the Thon City Hotel in Brussels.

The programme is attached here: Invitation_draft agenda_2017AUG18_clean

If you would like to attend, please register via http://www.opttest.eu/submitform. Please note that we are unfortunately not in a position to cover travel and accommodation costs.

Background information

The conference marks the completion of two EU-funded projects promoting early diagnosis and linkage to care for HIV, as well as the launch of an EU Joint Action project seeking to improve EU countries’ response to the challenges of HIV, TB and viral hepatitis. That project involves 29 partners in 15 countries and it is called “INTEGRATE”.

The meeting will first examine the results and policy implications of the projects Optimising testing and linkage to care for HIV across Europe (OptTEST) and Operational knowledge to improve HIV early diagnosis and treatment among vulnerable groups in Europe (Euro HIV EDAT). In particular, it will address:

• Ways to overcome barriers to HIV testing with new approaches

• Tools for innovative testing strategies

• Improving linkage to care

• Cost-effectiveness and monitoring of HIV testing recent research and pilots

In light of the launch of a new EU Joint Action on HIV, TB, viral hepatitis and STIs’ (INTEGRATE), the second part of the meeting will focus discussion on the contribution of these projects to national efforts to achieve the targets of ending HIV/AIDS, TB and hepatitis as threats by 2030 as foreseen in globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions.

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