The European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS-2017) report is published

The European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey (EMIS-2017) report presents a comprehensive analysis of the results of a 2017 survey among men who have sex with men (MSM). Based on the responses of some 128 000 participants in Europe, it provides insights on their knowledge of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STI), sexual behaviour, prevention needs and testing habits. The report collected data to understand changes over time in the behaviour, needs and interventions affecting HIV incidence among MSM also in comparison with results from the EMIS survey in 2010. 48 countries in Europe responded to the online survey in 2017, including Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The results show considerable differences across the countries reflecting Europe’s diversity with respect to sexual health and behaviour of MSM.

You can download and read full report here: emis2017.eu

Checkpoint closed this week

Dear visitors of Checkpoint, due to a change of facilities, we will be closed this week (30.09.-04.10.). Please follow the information on testpunkts.lv webpage and our facebook page.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused.

In meeting with Association members, new member of the board is elected.

In the meeting with members of the Baltic HIV Association on 19 August, a new member of the board was elected. Congratulations to Gunta Boge, who collected all attendees votes.

Gunta has broad experience working within HIV and AIDS fields- helping infected women and their families, taking an active part in various projects as well as organizing events.

In the photo, from the left: Gunta Boge, Evija Dopalma, Inga Upmace

 

413 visitors takes HIV rapid test in festival LAMPA.

413 courageous visitors took a rapid test for HIV in HIV-STOP mobile testing point at the Conversation festival LAMPA, taking place on June 28 and 29 in Cēsis.

“Every single taken HIV rapid-test is important for us”, says Baltic HIV Association Chairman of the Board Inga Upmace. “Within 2 days of the festival, there was a long queue at our mobile testing point. We are truly happy about visitors courage and open-mindedness when taking a rapid test. Every single person was given information on how to protect themselves from infection. Spreading of HIV in Latvia can be stopped, if personas infected with HIV, would be informed and treated as soon as possible. HIV patient who receives treatment can not pass the infection to others.

At the moment Latvia is a “Kingdom of HIV” – in the year 2018 there were 326 new HIV cases discovered in Latvia. This is the highest number of new cases against the population of Latvia.

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