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European surveillance of sexually transmitted infections
EC contribution
: € 1.353.597,88
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2006
Funding scheme
: sexually transmitted infections, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, antimicrobial resistance, surveillance
Contract/Grant agreement number
: 2004210
Project web-site


Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Europe are a major public health threat. Their increasing incidence; adverse impact on individual and public health; substantial economic costs; and emerging antimicrobial resistance have increased the need for pan-European approaches to their control. Outbreaks of STIs in Europe continue to increase, driven largely by increases in risk behaviours and overwhelmed curative services. The expansion of the EU also presents particular threats to STI control due to population movement from high incidence areas.

The ESSTI (European Surveillance of Sexually Transmitted Infections) Network aims to develop and coordinate epidemiological and laboratory surveillance of STIs in the European region in order to better inform STI prevention, care and control.

Specific objectives are to:

  • Operate and develop the ESSTI network with EU member states; EFTA-EEA; Turkey,
  • Collate, analyse and report surveillance data on the major acute STIs from participating countries
  • Extend ESSTI_ALERT, the European early warning system for unexpected and adverse STI transmission events (e.g. outbreaks)
  • Implement a European Gonococcal Antimicrobial Susceptibility Surveillance Project (Euro_GASP), including a quality assurance system, recommended methods, training programmes and molecular typing for outbreaks
  • Deliver training programmes on STI surveillance; lab diagnostics; and STI clinical management to network participants
  • Use the ESSTI website to disseminate information to European policymakers; professionals; and public.
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