Barcelona 2013
Barcelona 2013
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Abstract #281  -  E-Posters English
  50.80: E-Posters English (Poster) on Sunday   in  Chaired by
  Presenting Author:   Ms Rios Laura - AIDES, France, Metropolitan
  Additional Authors:  Dr. Jordi Casabona, Sra Cristina Sanclemente, Dra. Anna  Esteve, Dra. Victoria Gonzalez, Grupo HIVITS TS,  
The HIV-COmmunity-BAsed TESTing project, leaded by the CEEISCAT (Catalonia) and funded by the European Commission (2010-2013), aims to promote early diagnosis of HIV infection in Europe by implementing, building, and evaluating community-based practices in order to increase access to HIV VCT. Based on a qualitative study conducted in 8 European countries, a team was created among the participants on the project to write a guide aiming to help those performing CBVCT in the best possible ways in their current social, economical, historical and political context.
Method / Issue:
A group of people involved in the champ of CBVCT worked together during 2012-2013 to develop a guide to ?inspire? those organizations or institutions willing to implement or improve CBVCT services. Since the qualitative study conducted before the drafting of this guide showed that national policies and contexts are extremely diverse, the guide was structured as an evidence-based and not a theoretical guide, as source of information where community-based aspects were highlighted instead of another guide on how to do quality testing, as a tool to understand better how CBVCT works and as a collection of key feature that can be adapted according to local situations, targeted populations and CBVCT organizations. Thus, the guide can be divided in three sections: 1) definition, objectives and methodology of the guide, 2) theoretical framework regarding the implementation of CBVCT, 3) CBVCT key issues (e.g. staff and people involved in CBVCT programmes, test used, and use of counseling in CBVCT).
Results / Comments:
The implementation and improvement of CBVCT services is a means of offering to hard-to-reach or more-at-risk populations an opportunity to know their HIV status, receiving information and counseling, being linked to health system if necessary and being treated in a non-judgmental way. The community-based approach can break down many barriers to HIV testing. Respecting the value of ?learning by doing?, NGOs and other establishments can work together to collect experiences and inspire new practices.
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