The Checkpoint (Testpunkts) has operated successfully during the first month. 13 men (aged 17 to 46) have attended the Checkpoint from March 5 to April 4. Every visitor has received a consultation and has been tested for HIV and syphilis. It is also possible to receive condoms for free in the Checkpoint.
Majority of visitors say good words about services provided in the Checkpoint. One of the visitors said: “Nobody has ever paid so much attention to consultation and spend so much time to consult me in any health care institution I have attended. The consultation was very versatile.”
The Checkpoint has started to work on March 5, 2014, and is located in the NGO “Mozaika” premises, Stabu Street 19-Office II, Riga. The Checkpoint is open for visitors twice a week in the evening hours – Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6.00 pm till 8.30 pm. All services provided by the Checkpoint – information and/or consultation about infectious diseases and prevention measures, consultations about medical facilities and specialists, express testing on HIV and syphilis – is free of charge and provided in friendly and confidentially manner. Advance registration by calling the consultant – 28441324.
The Checkpoint is opened within the project “Promoting social inclusion of men who have sex with men (MSM) by improving access and quality of health care services”.
The project is being implemented within the framework of the EEA Financial Mechanism for 2009 – 2014 Grants programmes “NGO Fund” sub-programme “NGO Project Measure”. The Project is supervised by the Social Integration Fund and it is co-financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.