HIV Testing and counseling among non-EU Eastern European migrant female sex workers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (WC2015-075)


Starting date: 15/02/2015

Earlier HIV diagnosis continues to be a public health priority in the European Union, especially among populations facing overlapping vulnerabilities and multiplying stigmas (e.g. migrants, sex workers, injection drug users, men who have sex with men). Although the majority of the European Union / European Free Trade association countries have adopted policies identifying migrants as a vulnerable population, only 52% recommend HIV testing for them. Since 1991, after the Soviet Union dissolution, increased numbers of male and female sex workers, from Central and Eastern European countries, were reported in many European Union member states. Further expansion of the European Union might coincide with growths of migration flows from Eastern Europe to Western Europe.