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Checkpoint study

The Checkpoint Study is a collaboration between RKI, Deutsche Aidshilfe and community-based HIV / STI testing facilities (checkpoints) that currently provide HIV and STI testing for men who have sex with men and other populations with increased HIV risks in over 20 major cities across Germany.

The aim of the project is the collection and evaluation of anonymously collected data from community-based HIV/STI test and counselling facilities (checkpoints). These data describe predominantly HIV-negative clients at increased risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne diseases. By documenting self-reported data on behaviours and use of health services of the checkpoint clients and linking these data with laboratory findings, individuals with newly diagnosed HIV infection or other sexually transmitted infections can be compared to individuals who tested negative regarding reported risks, behaviours, knowledge and self-assessment.

The checkpoint collaboration has three goals: 1) the data are analysed and prepared for the checkpoints in order to document and improve the services they provide; 2) within the testing and counselling context, clients can be made aware of appropriate services and studies based on their individual risk profiles; 3) continuous data collection and ongoing evaluation turn this collaboration into a sentinel system for monitoring HIV and STI related risks and outcomes. Since questionnaires have moved to an electronic format in 2018, access is now possible in real time and data are available for analysis more quickly.

The project has received financial support by the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF) from August 2017 through July 2018. Reports on results for 2015-2017 have been published (in German language).

Date: 30.08.2019