Question fourteen of the Euro HIV EDAT Self-evaluation Grids focuses specifically on the social, political and legal issues that may affect the work of CBVCTs.
CBVCTS may advocate not only for low-threshold, community-based HIV testing services themselves, but also for related issues affecting MSM as a key population. These issues can impact the potential effectiveness of CBVCT, e.g. stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, discrimination on the basis of sexuality, marginalisation of socially disadvantaged groups, criminalisation of HIV transmission etc.
Get some insights from different Checkpoints in Europe in our video from the Workshop in Ljubljana:
Russian subtitles included /Включая российские субтитры
Advocacy tool for Checkpoints
AIDS Action Europe launched its report and advocacy tool “CBVCT Services – Current obstacles and opportunities”. AAE would like thank to LILA Milano, and especially Lella Cosmaro, for combining and writing this tool. The report can be downloaded here.
This report represents a contribution to AIDS Action Europe’s (AAE) advocacy work aimed at the sustainability of Community Based Voluntary Counselling and Testing (CBVCT) services, precious low threshold contexts within community based settings that have proven to be one of the best ways to reach key affected groups and test them for HIV, hepatitis and/or STIs.
This study assembles the opinions and ideas of different stakeholders who provided very diverse points of view on the subject as they play different roles at the national and European levels and come from different countries. Their opinions and ideas, together with some extracts of the many documents produced on the subject of CBVCT services, were used as the basis to develop recommendations which serve as an advocacy tool for improving the actual situation both at the national and European level.