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EUROSUPPORT 6

handsThe current project on "Developing a training and resource package for improving sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV (PLWH)" is the sixth consecutive EUROSUPPORT project (2009-2012). It is a research and development project, carried out by a European research and support network (Eurosupport) consisting of HIV-treatment centres, NGOs, and research organizations. Its overall aim is to improve the capacity of service providers in supporting PLWH in their sexual and reproductive health (SRH), therefore contributing to a reduction in new HIV-infections. ‘Positive prevention’ (i.e. prevention for and by people living with HIV) is an important strategy to reach this goal.

Since the first Eurosupport project in 1996, our general philosophy has been to evaluate the needs of PLWH and to detect shortcomings in the actual service provision, both with respect to the delivery of medical care and psychosocial support. HIV-progression and treatment options have been changing continuously and so did related clinical and psychosocial challenges. Moreover, the needs of persons affected have changed. Care providers have been facing the challenge to respond adequately and quickly to these changing needs. The network supports them in this task by providing up-to-date expertise and insight into newly emerging HIV-related problems.

The Eurosupport network has been initiated, guided and co-ordinated by the Institute of Tropical Medinice's Department of Clinical Sciences (Prof. Dr. Robert Colebunders), in Antwerp, Belgium. Right from the start, many highly reputed European HIV-treatment centres in a great number of EU member states have participated.



The Eurosupport projects 1996 - 2008: An Overview

Eurosupport 1 (1996-1998)
 
focused on the utilization of health care organizations, attitudes towards euthanasia, experience with HIV-testing, and financial aspects.
   
Eurosupport 2 (1998-2000)
 
concentrated on the effects of antiretroviral therapies, after the introduction of HAART on a large scale in Western countries.
   
Eurosupport 3 (2000-2002)
 
looked more in-depth into problems of adherence as well as into the occurrence of what PLWH felt as a major impediment to their quality of life, namely sexual dysfunctions. The problem of how to integrate safer sex counselling into standard HIV care was investigated.
   
Eurosupport 4 (2002-2004)
 
project looked at the family context of HIV and related questions for those families confronted with HIV. Complex family-dynamics in these families are not only of practical relevance for those directly affected, they are also of major public health-concern since more women (and men) living with HIV will opt for having children in the future.
   
Eurosupport 5 (2005-2008)
  Investigated problems and needs of PLWH regarding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics. Emphasized were the identifying factors influencing sexual risk taking among PLWH and ways to integrate ‘prevention for positives’ into standard HIV care by assessing the sexual and reproductive services offered to PLWH in the participating European countries.
   



Eurosupport 6 is funded by the European Commission (EC) with Grant Agreement Nr. 2008 1204

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