Faster and more frequent testing

Active HIV testing means general practitioners and medical specialists offer an HIV test more actively and as a routine procedure. Recognising the so-called indicator diseases is of great importance for this.

Recognising the early symptoms of HIV faster ensures that people can start treatment earlier. Early treatment prevents deterioration of the immune system and gives people an excellent life expectancy. If people are treated in time, they can live as long as people without HIV. Moreover, effective ART treatment largely reduces or even eliminates the chance of transmitting infections.

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The H-TEAM promotes testing by raising awareness of the (early) symptoms and the importance of early testing among professionals and specific target groups. The aims are:

– More HIV testing and an increase in the percentage of people who are aware of their HIV status
– Being able to diagnose HIV earlier

We accomplish this by focusing on HIV testing offered by professionals (provider-initiated testing), and testing initiated and implemented by individuals themselves (client-initiated testing).

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Why?

Every year, some 1,000 people are newly diagnosed with HIV in the Netherlands. Forty-four per cent of the people living with HIV go to hospital for treatment too late. In fact, it is particularly important to trace HIV at an early stage and to be able to start treatment in time.

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Approach

The H-TEAM encourages more active tracing of HIV infections and stimulates people to talk about the importance of testing within the communities themselves.

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Results

So far, about 20 per cent of all general practitioners in Amsterdam have participated in a DTO refresher course. The participants are positive about the courses.

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Team

  • Wim Zuilhof
    Wim Zuilhof

    Member
    Soa Aids Nederland

  • Adrie Heijnen
    Adrie Heijnen

    Member
    SCA

  • Kees Brinkman
    Kees Brinkman

    Member
    OLVG

  • Godelieve de Bree
    Godelieve de Bree

    Member
    Amsterdam UMC/AIGHD

  • Udi Davidovich
    Udi Davidovich

    Member
    GGD Amsterdam

  • Jannie van der Helm
    Jannie van der Helm

    Member
    GGD Amsterdam

  • Arjan Hogewoning
    Arjan Hogewoning

    Member
    GGD Amsterdam/Amsterdam UMC

  • Jan van Bergen
    Jan van Bergen

    Project Leader
    Soa Aids Nederland/Amsterdam UMC/Huisartsenpraktijk

  • Suzanne Geerlings
    Suzanne Geerlings

    Member
    Amsterdam UMC

  • Marije Groot Bruinderink
    Marije Groot Bruinderink

    Project Coordinator
    AIGHD

  • Lene Böhnke
    Lene Böhnke

    Member
    Ahti

  • Michelle Kroone
    Michelle Kroone

    Member
    GGD Amsterdam

  • John de Wit
    John de Wit

    Member
    Utrecht University

  • Chiara Bozzacchi
    Chiara Bozzacchi

    Member
    Ahti

  • Martijn van Rooijen
    Martijn van Rooijen

    Member
    GGD Amsterdam