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Project title:

Partnership for prevention development and community based HIV testing for men who have sex with men in Slovenia

Project acronym:

Response to HIV

Project Promoter:

Association Cultural, information and advisory centre Legebitra

Project Partners:

Partner 1: Student Cultural Centre ŠKUC

Partner 2: DIH Association

Partner 3: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine

Partner 4: University Medical Centre Ljubljana

Partner 5: Helseutvalget for bedre homohelse - Gay and Lesbian Health Norway

Project duration:

12.02.2015 - 31.08.2016

Total eligible costs of the project:

409,700.00 EUR

Project grant:

368,700.00 EUR

Programme Area:

Public health initiatives

General objective of the project:

Life-style related diseases prevented or reduced

Project summary:

In Slovenia, the number of people living with HIV is increasing rapidly; most of the newly infected are men who have sex with men (MSM). In general, health care workers lack specific competences for HIV/MSM. The project aims to reduce HIV/sexually transmitted infections transmission rate among MSM in Slovenia and to educate health care workers of all levels regarding living with HIV and stigma around it. The project will implement a comprehensive programme of safe sex promotion and community based HIV/sexually transmitted infections testing for MSM and increase the number of trained professionals in HIV/MSM field. This will be achieved with an innovative communication campaign, including new media, new field work, new testing services approaches, and multidisciplinary study of infection dynamics, and with new and specific trainings for health care workers. The project target groups are MSM (young, rural, elderly) and health professionals. The Norwegian partner brings experience with HIV/MSM in Norway that will be shared and exchanged with Slovene partners during study visits, evaluation and follow-up. The partnership will benefit those people living with HIV, MSM in general and health workers of all levels to better deal with stigma, HIV and MSM.

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