General HIV INC project information

Last updated: 2023-06-06 14:34

Project name

Belgian HIV-AIDS Incidence Surveillance

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Primary organization that oversees implementation of project

  • Sciensano

Partner organization participating in project

  • Not available

Organization that commissioned this project

  • National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV-INAMI)

Organization providing monetary or material support

  • National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV-INAMI)

Short project description

Since the outbreak of the HIV epidemic in Belgium, the profile of this epidemic has undergone many changes. It is widely accepted that interventions aimed at controlling the epidemic have to be based on data and focused on the national and local epidemiology.

Therefore, an HIV/AIDS incidence surveillance is an important instrument. New HIV diagnoses are reported by the AIDS Reference Laboratories (ARLs). Following the Royal Decree regarding the determination of the criteria for the recognition of HIV/aids reference laboratories (dd. 8/10/1996), AIDS Reference Laboratories (ARLs) are obliged to confirm and report all new HIV diagnoses.

The convention between RIZIV-INAMI and the ARLs stipulates that these data have to be transferred to Sciensano. New diagnoses of AIDS are being reported by clinicians throughout Belgium on a voluntary basis, with active requests and reminders. The WIV-ISP acts as ‘National Contact Point for HIV surveillance’ for the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and ‘National Focal Point for HIV/AIDS Monitoring & Evaluation’ for WHO Europe.

Regulatory framework of this project

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