Introduction: the aim of the survey was to assess national systems for HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe to provide baseline data with which to improve comparability of HIV/AIDS data. Method: a standardised questionnaire was sent to the 53 EuroHIV national correspondents. This questionnaire comprised four sections (HIV/AIDS case reporting, HIV testing, HIV prevalence and incidence, HIV/AIDS death surveillance) and applied to surveillance data collected in 2006. It was returned by correspondents from 44 countries (83%). Results: individually-based data collection systems were implemented in 43/44 European countries for HIV case reports and all the countries for AIDS case reports. For HIV case reports, a coded identifier was used in 28 countries and full names were used in 11 countries. The European AIDS case definition was adopted in 35 (80%) countries. Information on molecular epidemiology was available in 30 countries and HIV drug resistance was monitored in 11 countries. HIV/AIDS case reporting systems have been evaluated for under-reporting in 17 countries and completeness in 11 countries. In more than half of the countries, HIV testing was routinely offered by health care providers to pregnant women (37 countries, 84%), IDU (32 countries, 73%), STI clinic patients (26 countries, 59%), but with wide ranges of population being tested in different countries. Linkage of HIV/AIDS data with vital statistics or death certificates was possible in 17/44 countries. Conclusion: Recommendations are formulated to outline the future needs for HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe and to improve data comparability across Europe.(R.A.)
Année de publication : 2007
Pages : 53 p.