Zagreb Has Best HIV Prevention Initiative in Europe

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ZAGREB, September 25, 2018 – The CheckPoint project is a comprehensive approach to supporting HIV prevention and has been included in a collection of good practices by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the best example in Europe, which is huge recognition for the organisations involved, a press conference heard on Tuesday.

We’ve received huge recognition from the World Health Organisation compendium of good practices in HIV prevention as the best project in Europe, the president of the Croatian association for the fight against HIV and hepatitis Tomislav Beganović said.

He explained that this was the result of individual approach to each user that CheckPoint has applied in the past five years.

During that time the association conducted individual consultations and education for more than 8,000 young people including 5,997 who were tested for HIV with 67 cases being identified.

In addition 4,874 people were tested for Hepatitis Type C, and 55 new cases were identified, the press conference heard.

Currently there are 1,200 people infected with HIV in Croatia and it is assumed that there are likely 400 more who aren’t aware that they are HIV positive, said Josip Begovac from the “Dr. Fran Mihaljević” hospital for infectious diseases.

CheckPoint, located in the downtown Zagreb, is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.


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