Findings of Behavior Surveillance Surveys (BSS) to be Endorsed Soon
Curatio International Foundation in collaboration with Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center and Public Union Bemoni has carried out Behavior Surveillance Surveys with biomarker component among intravenous drug users (IDUs).
The activity covered 5 Georgian regions -Tbilisi, Batumi, Gori, Zugdidi, Telavi. The effort became possible in the framework of the project “Establishment of evidence-base for national HIV/AIDS program by strengthening the HIV/AIDS surveillance system in the country” funded by the Global Fund. The survey was conducted using RDS methodology and included face-to-face interviews followed by blood testing on HIV and Syphilis.
Findings will be introduced at the workshop which will gather representatives from Ministry of Labor, Health, and Social Affairs, National Center for Public Health and Disease Control, non-governmental organizations implementing preventing activities targeting IDUs and other stakeholders.
The study reports will be unveiled in the mid fall.
In the framework of the same project the sentinel surveillance among STI patients and Behavior Surveillance Surveys (BSS) with biomarker component among Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs), and Prisoners have been carried out.