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EuropeHIVResistance

HIV/AIDS

European Cohort Coordinating Network on HIV Drug Resistance
Framework programme:
6
Call:
3
Project number:
LSHP-CT-2006-518211
EC contribution:
€ 1 499 336
Duration:
48 months
Type:
CA
Starting date:
March 2006
Website:
http://www.spread-europe.org

Keywords: HIV; drug-resistance; surveillance; transmission; Europe; prevention

Summary:

Human immunodeficiency viruses, which are resistant to one or more HIV drugs, are spreading throughout the world. EuropeHIVResistance will create a pan-European cohort (including Central and Eastern European countries), which will be maintained by a network of virological reference centres in 32 European countries, to study the appearance, spread and clinical consequences of HIV resistance under joint standards, and linked to a common self-sustainable database. The increased coordination made possible by EuropeHIVResistance will make a major contribution towards decreasing the fragmentation of HIV resistance research and surveillance in Europe. It will increase the level of virological expertise and skills in HIV resistance, generating new coordinated data and knowledge on transmission, prevalence and factors facilitating the emergence and spread of drug resistant HIV in Europe. It will also improve the exchange of good practices between the HIV/AIDS cohorts in Europe.

Background:

Approximately 10-20% of all new HIV infections are estimated to be caused by drug resistant viruses. There is a need for systematic information and exchange of knowledge and technologies on transmission of HIV drug resistant viruses throughout Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

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