EMIS 2017 International reports 2017

Maps for “Dublin Declaration Monitoring” 2017

The EMIS Network. EMIS-2017 – The European Men-Who-Have-Sex-With-Men Internet Survey. Maps from the EMIS-2017 Report.

Authors: Peter Weatherburn, Ford Hickson, David S. Reid, Susanne B. Schink, Ulrich Marcus, Axel J. Schmidt

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EMIS 2017 Journal Articles 2017

From HIV-testing to Gay Health Centres: A Mapping of European “Checkpoints”

HIV and Viral Hepatitis (Conference), Malta 2017 – PS2/04; (doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.26988.77441)

Authors: Axel J. Schmidt, Dirk Sander, Teymur Noori



In Europe, HIV/STIs are concentrated in certain vulnerable groups, above all, men who have sex with men (MSM). For this reason, targeted HIV testing interventions are paramount. In 2002, a community-based HIV testing service using rapid HIV-tests was established in Amsterdam and given the name “Checkpoint”. Since then, the concept of community-based centres (CBCs) for HIV-testing and other sexual health services has spread throughout Europe, and many such centres have been established using the name “Checkpoint” (CP). Over the years, many centres have offered more comprehensive services regarding gay health, including testing for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), counselling on drugs use, vaccination, and even provision of HIV treatment. The aim of this study to map community-based (and other) sexual health centres targeting gay and other MSM in Europe.


In preparation of the second round of the European MSM Internet Survey (EMIS-2017), the EMIS-Network, consisting of more than 80 academic, governmental, and non-governmental organisations, was contacted by e-mail (08/2015) to identify “Checkpoints” and other sexual health centres for gay men throughout Europe. 56 centres were identified and 54 responded. Representatives for the centres were asked for the exact address of the centre, the year it opened (as an HIV-testing / gay health centre) and the current opening hours per week.


Community-based centres (CBCs, N=44) were distinguished from traditional clinics/private practices (“clinics”, N=10), although such binary classification is not always clear-cut. The label “community-based”, in this context, involves ownership and/or decision power by a collective of gay men. The proportion of gay men among employees was 67% in CBCs and 41% in clinics. CP Riga and Odense had no gay men employed, while CP Amsterdam, Aarhus, Bern, Copenhagen reported less than 50%. The majority of CBCs (68%) and clinics (80%) had gay physicians employed or closely attached.


The list is still incomplete, especially NHS services (UK) and clinics offering gay-friendly HIV-testing are missing. However we believe we covered all comprehensive sexual health services for MSM in Europe that fall into the upper right quadrant of Figure 2. The added value of maintaining up-to-date listing of CBCs is their use in online mapping services and integration in geolocation-based dating-apps targeting MSM. Experience with the European HIV-Testing-Week has shown that reaching out to MSM through push notifications with a spectrum of HIV services and opening times of Checkpoints is both cost-effective and accepted by the community.

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EMIS 2010 Journal Articles 2010

Проектът ЕМIS – участие на България. Резултати от хив-тестването на респондентите

Health Policy and Management, 2014; 2:21–26. (ISSN1313-4981)

Authors: Emilia Naseva, Tonka Varleva, Petar Tsintsarski, Eva Papazova, Vyara Gancheva, Hristo Taskov


The group of men who have sex with men (MSM), is the most affected by HIV, both in Western and Central European countries and in our country. Therefore, the European Commission has funded internet study of MSM community in 33 countries, covering the period from April 2009 to September 2011. The respondents from Bulgaria are 1036. The results of the study in our country showed that more than half of the involved subjects (52.3%) identified themselves as gay or homosexual, one in four (27.7%) considered themselves as bisexual, and 17.1% do not use any term to define their sexual behaviour. Those who claim to know their HIV status are only 68.5% of all respondents; the remaining 31.2% are not sure. It is a concern that a significant proportion (61.4%) of respondents who did not know their HIV status and are sure that they are HIV negative. The information from the survey could be used as a corrective to the already taken initiatives and as a supplement to the new prevention strategies when planning new activities for reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Bulgaria at national and regional level. [Article in Bulgarian]

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