1 December 2013
On World AIDS Day the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) presents the update on the EU Health Programme contribution to implement the 2009 European Commission (EC) communication on "Combating HIV/AIDS in the EU and neighbouring countries", and particularly the projects increasing the access to prevention, treatment care and support to those affected by HIV/AIDS.
This year main priority under the Annual work plan 2013 was to improve the early diagnosis of HIV/AIDS and to provide timely treatment and care for both vulnerable groups and priority regions. The high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in populations most at risk is a major problem in Europe. Reaching out to these groups with appropriate prevention, diagnosis and treatment is important to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The EU Health Programme funds actions joining experts from governmental and civil society organisations, health professionals, social scientists, researchers, policy makers and people living with HIV, to better understand the current situation and define priorities for responding to the epidemic in Europe.
The brochure "Joining together to tackle HIV/AIDS in Europe", produced by EAHC in 2011, provides more information about these projects. For your information this publication will be updated in 2014.