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SIALON II project met last month in Berlin

20 March 2013

Having its second meeting held in Berlin last month, SIALON aims to promote prevention among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).

The SIALON II project aims to obtain reliable and valid information on HIV prevalence, risky behaviour and cultural factors among MSM, combining targeted prevention with a meaningful surveillance system in Europe through:

  • bio-behavioural survey using different sampling methods (Time-Location Sampling (TLS) and Respondent-Driven Sampling (RDS));
  • an estimate of Ab-anti-HIV serum prevalence among MSM in the data collection sites both with TLS method and with RDS method;
  • analyses of sexual risk behaviours patterns, of prevention needs and sexual health;
  • generate comparable data on behavioural and epidemiological indicators for MSM communities (ECDC and UNGASS/GARP indicators).

SIALON II second technical meeting was organized in Berlin (Germany), 11-13 February 2013, where all project partners and representatives were involved.
Representatives from non-EU countries (Armenia, Moldova) were also invited to the meeting to share experiences in capacity building and HIV prevention/surveillance strategies. Data collectors were recruited through gay associations / NGOs and will be trained locally on prevention issues and procedures for data collection in March - April 2013. The data collection will be begin in March 2013, in Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Slovak Republic, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Romania, UK.

The SIALON II project was funded under the 2008-2013 Health Programme. The project started in November 2011, it involves 13 EU countries and 2 neighbouring countries (Armenia, Moldova) and will be running for 36 months.
The project will be developed in collaboration with National Public Health Institutes, local gay associations from all participating countries, international (UNAIDS, WHO) and European organizations (ECDC).
More information about SIALON network can be here