The PrEP in Europe Initiative is a partnership of eight HIV prevention and policy organisations that work in Europe: AIDES, AIDS Action Europe, AVAC, the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM), the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), NAM/Aidsmap, the National AIDS Trust and PrEPster.
PrEP in Europe’s secretariat is based at Aidsmap. Our other partners act as a Steering Committee and may undertake specific parts of the Initiative’s work: for instance, our Facebook page is currently monitored jointly by Aidsmap and EATG.
We aim to be a resource for the whole of the World Health Organization’s European area, which includes all of the countries of Europe plus the former Soviet countries of central Asia.
PrEP in Europe has four main aims:
- Information. We aim to provide information on the science, provision and usage of PrEP throughout Europe. As well as providing content itself such as summaries of the most important studies, PrEP in Europe aims to be a “knowledge exchange” where members can contribute information on PrEP.
- Advocacy. There are already energetic advocacy campaigns for PrEP in many European countries, and PrEP in Europe does not aim to do the same job. We aim to help build the skills and knowledge of advocates by providing advocacy materials and helping people in national campaigns to exchange ideas. With more funding we aim to train a group of national “PrEP champions” as national advocates.
- Policy. Apart from its cost, the biggest barriers to the provision of PrEP are the entrenched attitudes of politicians and health system providers, and the complexity of European healthcare systems. PrEP challenges the institutional division between healthcare and public health seen in many health systems, and challenges received wisdom that influencing risk behaviour is the only effective and ethical way of prevention HIV.
- Networking. We are stronger together in this campaign than we are separately. PrEP in Europe aims to form a centralised site where people involved in advocating for the wider availability of PrEP can meet, exchange ideas, and gain strength from each other’s good examples.