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With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting access to face-to-face HIV testing services across the WHO European Region, it is crucial to offer alternative strategies to ensure continued uptake of testing. WHO recommends self-testing as an additional approach for delivering HIV testing services as a safe and effective way to increase access to and uptake of HIV testing services.

This free live webinar explores experiences with offering HIV self-testing from different organisations within the WHO European Region.

Case examples will be presented from Georgia (Georgian Harm Reduction Network) and Bulgaria (Single Step Foundation) where pilot studies were undertaken to assess acceptability of different types of self-testing. The findings from both pilots will be presented and discussed, as well as recommendations for implementers and decision-makers.

Tamar Zurashvili, MD, MPH, and apublic health specialist with 8 years of experience working in various international projects in the fields of HIV/AIDS and TB. Currently, she serves as a manager of the Global Fund Regional project “Sustainability of Services for Key Populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (aka SoS Project) at Georgian Harm Reduction Network. She was the Principle Investigator of the HIVST study that will be presented at this webinar.

Momchil Baev is a Sexual Health and HIV Program Manager with Single Step Foundation in Bulgaria. He has devoted himself to vulnerable communities, patients’ rights and advocacy initiatives related to policy changes, access to healthcare and treatment of HIV. He is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS).

The webinar is part of a series of live webinars under the theme “Challenges and opportunities for testing during the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the WHO European Region”.

For more information, please write to eurotest.rigshospitalet@regionh.dk or visit the ETW website: http://www.testingweek.eu/get-involved/Webinars

Nov 27, 2020 01:00 PM in Copenhagen

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