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Project Title:

SIALON II – Capacity building in combining targeted prevention with meaningful HIV surveillance among MSM

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Grant Agreement N°:

2010 12 11

Funding Programme:

Second Programme of Community Action in the Field of Health 2008-2013

Start Date:


Project Duration:

36 months

Project Leader:

Verona University Hospital- Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona (AOUI-VR)

Project Partners:

Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (Belgio), National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (Bulgaria), Robert Koch Institute (Germania), Slovak Medical University (Slovacchia), Fundació Institut d’Investigació en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias I Pujol (Spagna), National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (Polonia), Center for Communicable Diseases and AIDS (Lituania), Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Svezia), National Institute of Public Health (Slovenia), Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italia) National Institute of Infectious Diseases Prof. Dr. Matei Bals (Romania), Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Portogallo), University of Brighton (Regno Unito), Institut Català d'Oncologia (Spagna), Associatia ACCEPT (Romania)

Overall Budget:

€ 1.650.415,24

Scientific Coordinator

Dr. Massimo Mirandola

Contact person:

Dott.Lorenzo Gios

Project Website:

Project Description:

In line with the Communication on combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighbouring countries (2009-2013) the overall objective of this project is to carry out and promote combined and targeted prevention complemented by a meaningful surveillance among MSM.

In other words, the aim is to develop capacity building and know how through both training on-site coaching under the active supervision and in collaboration with UNAIDS and WHO on:

  1. prevention needs assessment and prevention actions;
  2. innovative surveillance methodologies for hard to reach populations like MSM (time and location sampling, respondent driven sampling, HIV and STI testing). The project, thanks to the participation of UNAIDS and WHO, will be implemented in both EU and neighbouring countries using the same methodologies (protocols, GARP/ECDC indicators, epidemiological algorithms) and prevention strategies.