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Volume 21 Supplement 2

Results from INTEGRATE - the EU Joint Action on integrating prevention, testing and linkage to care strategies across HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and STIs in Europe


This supplement arises from the Joint Action INTEGRATE which has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the 3rd Health Programme (2014-2020). The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

Edited by Stefan Baral, Kevin Fenton and Patrick S. Sullivan 

  1. Authors: Dorthe Raben, Jordi Casabona, Lella Cosmaro, Nadia Gasbarrini, John S. Lambert, Shannon Glapsy, Christine Kakalou, Manuel Maffeo, Michele Mommi, Gianmarco Corradini, Irena Klavs, Aljona Kurbatova, Iwona Wawer, Piotr Wysocki, Anne Raahauge, Stine Finne Jakobsen…
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):690
  2. Maximising access to testing by targeting more than one infection is effective in identifying new infections in settings or populations. Within the EU funded Joint Action INTEGRATE, this paper examined the fea...

    Authors: Nadia Gasbarrini, Davor Dubravić, Lauren Combs, Arian Dišković, Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak, Francesca Colaiaco, Iwona Wawer, Piotr Wysocki, Magdalena Rosińska, Anna Marzec-Boguslawska, Ben Collins, Daniel Simões, Marie Louise Jakobsen and Dorthe Raben
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):874
  3. Indicator condition guided HIV testing is a proven effective strategy for increasing HIV diagnosis in health care facilities. As part of the INTEGRATE Joint Action, we conducted four pilot studies, aiming to i...

    Authors: R. Matulionytė, M. L. Jakobsen, V. I. Grecu, J. Grigaitiene, T. Raudonis, L. Stoniene, M. Olteanu, L. de la Mora, D. Raben and A. K. Sullivan
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):845
  4. Uptake of HIV self-tests (HIVST) remains low in Europe. We conducted two separate surveys to understand facilitators and barriers to the use of HIVST in two European countries, as part of the EU INTEGRATE Join...

    Authors: Sophie G. Nash, Manuel Maffeo, Giedrius Likatavicius, Lella Cosmaro, Kestutis Rudaitis, Aleksandras Lapsinov, Qudsia Enayat, Valerie Delpech and Meaghan Kall
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):844
  5. The HIV pandemic impacts the lives of millions and despite the global coordinated response, innovative actions are still needed to end it. A major challenge is the added burden of coinfections such as viral he...

    Authors: Christine Kakalou, Eleftheria Polychronidou, Vicky Drosou, Vlasios K. Dimitriadis, Thomas Dermaris, Rafael Kordonias, Aris Papaprodromou, Triantafillos Tsirelis, Christos Maramis, Konstantinos Votis, Dimitrios Tzovaras, Domenico Savarino, Manuel Maffeo, Nedim Jasic, Tatjana Nemeth-Blažić, Zoran Dominković…
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):866
  6. Partner notification/contact tracing (PN/CT) is a process whereby people diagnosed with an infectious disease notify their sexual and needle-sharing partners/close contacts and invite them for testing and trea...

    Authors: Shannon Glaspy, Lella Cosmaro, Chryssoula Botsi, Maria Stamou, Maria Giannopoulou, Aikaterini M. Isari, Cheyenne Downey, Tina Mc Hugh, Gordana Avramovic and John S. Lambert
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):796
  7. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a crucial component in assessing and addressing the unmet needs of people, especially those with chronic illnesses such as HIV. The aim of the study was to examine and...

    Authors: Meaghan Kall, Ujué Fresán, Danielle Guy, Graham Brown, Cristina Burgui, Jesús Castilla, Victor Ionel Grecu, Florentina Dumitrescu, Valerie Delpech and Jeffrey V. Lazarus
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):898
  8. National testing strategy, including monitoring and evaluation, is critical in responding to HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and viral hepatitis. Community-based voluntary counselling and testing contrib...

    Authors: Laura Fernàndez-López, Irena Klavs, Anna Conway, Tanja Kustec, Mojca Serdt, Sladjana Baros, Danica Valkovičová Staneková, Liis Lemsalu, Iwona Wawer, Piotr Wysocki and Jordi Casabona
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):794
  9. Community-based voluntary counselling and testing contributes to early HIV diagnoses among key populations. Testing data from such decentralized services is however often not standardized nor linked to nationa...

    Authors: Laura Fernàndez-López, Sladjana Baros, Marta Niedźwiedzka-Stadnik, Danica Valkovičová Staneková, Magdalena Rosińska, Danijela Simic, Verica Jovanoic, Monika Hábeková, Mária Takáčová, Iwona Wawer, Piotr Wysocki, Anna Conway, Irena Klavs and Jordi Casabona
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):800
  10. Country level policies and practices of testing and care for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections are lagging behind European recommendations on integration across diseases. Building on pre...

    Authors: Daniel Simões, Raimonda Matulionyté, Loreta Stoniene, Piotr Wysocki, Justyna Kowalska, Nadia Gasbarrini, Lella Cosmaro, Tatjana Nemeth Blažić, Arian Dišković, Zoran Dominković, Iva Jovovic, Ilona Razmiene, Manuel Maffeo and Stine F. Jakobsen
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2021 21(Suppl 2):795

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