Regional consultation on HIV and viral hepatitis testing and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in countries of the WHO European Region

22–23 January 2019, Berlin, Germany

HIV and viral hepatitis represent 2 major public health challenges faced by the European Region. To intensify efforts in testing and prevention, both a vital part of the solution, a meeting has been convened to review countries’ progress and challenges, and exchange good practice, with the focus on non-European Union/European Economic Area Member States of the WHO European Region. The agenda will cover WHO recommended approaches in HIV and viral hepatitis testing, as well as discussions of the latest evidence and progress in implementation of PrEP in the European Region, including:

  • HIV and viral hepatitis testing strategies and practices across the Region and innovative approaches;
  • HIV and viral hepatitis testing services scale-up and strengthening linkage to care to enable better access to treatment, through expanded community-based approaches and HIV self-testing;
  • cost-effectiveness of testing strategies for an accelerated and maintained response of national programmes;
  • PrEP roll-out implementation and monitoring in the Member States of the WHO European Region.

The meeting will provide a comprehensive overview of national testing strategies and updated policies in the participating countries, as well as briefing participants and exchanging information on the latest evidence and good practices in the field of HIV and viral hepatitis testing and PrEP implementation.