Project BORDERNETwork 2008-2009

III. COOPERATION PRIORITIES

3.3. HIV/STIs Sentinel Surveillance

 

The sentinel surveillance was set up in 2005 in four border regions between Germany and Poland (two), Austria and Slovakia and Italy and Slovenia. Since January 2006 with the help of several types of especially designed questionnaires various data was collected: clinical data reported by the medical specialists on diagnosed cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis, as well as on transmission routes. Additionally information on infection risk, sexual behaviour as well as on social background of the patients was also reported.

The surveillance system delivers in the mean time valuable data on analysing the epidemiological situation in the participating regions. Since 2008 Bulgaria and Romania are also involved as new countries to the sentinel system.