Amsterdam is one of the first European cities to call a halt to HIV and AIDS once and for all. According to the latest report published by UNAIDS on the eve of the international AIDS conference in Paris, Amsterdam has already reached the international UN targets. This is partly due to the unique, ground-breaking work of the H-TEAM (HIV Transmission Elimination AMsterdam), which is striving to increase efforts even further to achieve the goal of no more new HIV infections in the city.
The H-TEAM combines various innovative interventions to prevent transmission of the virus by promoting prevention, earlier HIV testing and immediate treatment of infections. In addition, the H-TEAM specifically targets higher-risk groups such as men who have sex with men and people from regions with a high prevalence of HIV.
The H-TEAM originated and was launched in Amsterdam, and represents a city-focused approach to the HIV epidemic. The H-TEAM works closely with various other large cities and, where possible, strives to ensure the H-TEAM campaigns reach a nationwide audience. This targeted approach places the H-TEAM initiative on the frontline of the global fight against HIV.
1) Targeted prevention
The sooner we can prevent new HIV infections, especially in high-risk groups, the sooner we can halt the epidemic.
2) Rapid detection and treatment
Early, or earlier, detection and start of treatment will help to maintain the health of people with an HIV infection and reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
The H-TEAM is based on 5 cornerstones that, through a unique combination of targeted collaboration and focussed interventions, should drastically reduce the number of new HIV infections.
* (SHM, 2016)