Project BORDERNET 2005-2007

III. CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION — 3.6. Improvement of medical diagnosis for STIs/HIV

 

Download survey report on standards and practice of STIs diagnostic and treatment:

Guides for the development of BORDERNET cooperation activities under WP 7 (Voluntary Counselling and Testing) and WP 8 (Improvement of STIs Diagnostic)

The objectives of these work packages were discussed during the International Steering Committee in Bratislava (October 2005) and a decision was taken to join them in a common work package, departing from the baseline project’s aim to integrate the STI services in the domain of HIV/AIDS.

 

There will be shared co-ordination of the activities under this work package, whereas the SPI Research Berlin will be responsible for the topic of VCT and the RCHP Verona – for the topic of STIs Diagnostic.General aim:
Identifying existing gaps between European Guidelines for diagnostic and VCT and the local practices to support the improvement and synchronization of the of the diagnostic and the counselling in the field of HIV/STI on both sides of the border in each model region.

 

Objectives of the cooperation:

 

  • To carry out a small-scale situation analysis, collecting specific information on local procedures
    for STI diagnostic (4 selected STIs) and treatment in each country
  • To carry out a small-scale situation analysis, collecting specific information on local procedures
    for HIV testing, pre- and post-test counselling and the implementation of the VCT concept
  • To compare local practices, exchange experiences and to outline best practices , inviting local
    service providers to describe (in a case study) their screening strategy/activities and counselling
    concepts
  • To provide opportunities for (further) training workshops on specific issues of relevance in the
    model regions

List of actions and cooperation activities until end of 2006

 

Task/Activity Responsible Deadline
1. Elaborate a list of items (questions to explore) regarding the local practices of VCT of HIV SPI Research, Berlin 31st May 2006
 2. Elaborate a list of items (questions to explore) regarding the local practices diagnosis and management of 4 STIs.  CRRPS, Verona  31st May 2006
 3. Circulation of the lists of items among all partners with request for review and comments.  SPI Research, Berlin  31st May 2006
 4. Discussion and feedback on the lists to SPI/CRRPS  All regional partners  30th June 2006

 5. Carry out of a small scale situation analysis based on the lists of items, including:

 

5.1. One focus group discussion with STI professionals (6-8 persons);

 

5.2. One focus group with HIV Counselling/test service providers (6-8 persons)

 

5.3. Collection of one best practice case study either on STI Diagnostic or on HIV VCT.

 All regional partners  September-October 2006
 6. Summary of the collected data and descriptive report on the both topics to SPI/CRRPS  All regional partners  31st October 2006
 7. Discussion of results of the situation analysis and elaboration of cooperation guidelines for 2007  All Steering Committee Members  9th-10th November 2006,
Steering Committee Meeting, Berlin

 
The elaborated lists of items and guidelines for the small-scale situation analysis can be downloaded upon discussion and approvement by all regional partners.