Webinars and videos

As part of our efforts to provide the #EuroTestWeek network with educational resources, in addition to the ETW materials and success stories, we are happy to also host interactive webinars that highlight testing experiences and the latest data from the WHO European region. 

You can check out descriptions of past webinars and videos below. 

Questions? Email us at eurotest.rigshospitalet@regionh.dk 


November 2020 #EuroTestWeek webinar series

The ETW secretariat hosted a series of free live webinars during the 2020 November European Testing Week. The series focused on “Challenges and opportunities for testing during the COVID-19 pandemic throughout Europe.” The webinar series highlighted the different experiences of organisations throughout Europe who have adapted testing services to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Participants were able to engage with presenters who have practical experiences with these topics and join in the discussion of strategies for ensuring continued testing during the pandemic.

Webinar topics and dates included:

Testing vulnerable populations in COVID-restricted contexts 
(organised by HIV Prevention England / Terrence Higgins Trust in partnership with European Testing Week)

The webinar took place on Monday, 23 November 2020, 15:00-16:15 CET

The webinar highlighted the different experiences of organisations and clinicians in the UK and Spain who have maximised opportunities during lockdown and other COVID-19- restricted contexts to continue to reach particularly vulnerable populations to provide testing for Blood-Borne Viruses, including HIV and Hepatitis.

Dr Binta Sultan & Dr Al Story, University College London Hospitals (UK)
Dr Gillian Dean, Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust (UK) & Marek Coskry, Terrence Higgins Trust (UK)
Manuel Reiriz , Adhara Sevilla Checkpoint (Spain)
Jorge Garrido, Apoyo positivo (Spain)


Integrating testing for HIV and/or viral hepatitis and COVID-19

The webinar took place on Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 16:00-16:45 CET

COVID-19 has been called “the most acute global health crisis since HIV” overshadowing almost all other health agendas. We have witnessed a shift in health system resources to COVID-19, and lockdowns and restrictions have seriously affected access to testing for HIV and HCV.

Around the world, the communities most underserved by health systems have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Often, these are the same groups that are disproportionally affected by HIV/viral hepatitis.

This free live webinar “Integrating testing for HIV and/or viral hepatitis and COVID-19” presents two case examples from the WHO European Region of how integrated testing with COVID-19 can be done, with presentations from the Danish NGO “Brugernes Akademi” (Users’ Academy) and Villa Maraini Foundation from Italy.


HIV self-testing – opportunities and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

The webinar took place on Friday, 27 November 2020, 13:00-13:45 CET

With the COVID-19 pandemic restricting access to face-to-face HIV testing services across the WHO European Region, it is crucial to offer alternative strategies to ensure continued uptake of testing. WHO recommends self-testing as an additional approach for delivering HIV testing services as a safe and effective way to increase access to and uptake of HIV testing services.

This free live webinar, “HIV self-testing – opportunities and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic”, explores experiences with offering HIV self-testing from different organisations within the WHO European Region.

Case examples will be presented from Georgia (Georgian Harm Reduction Network) and Bulgaria (Single Step Foundation) where pilot studies were undertaken to assess acceptability of different types of self-testing. The findings from both pilots will be presented and discussed, as well as recommendations for implementers and decision-makers.


Provision of testing services for HIV and viral hepatitis despite of COVID-19 restrictions

A series of online videos have been produced by the European Testing Week to promote the November #EuroTestWeek (20-27 of November 2020). These videos highlight best practice examples of how to ensure continued provision of testing services for HIV and viral hepatitis despite of COVID-19 restrictions.


Case example of adapting HCV services during COVID-19

Kateryna Kovalchuk presents experiences from Alliance for Public Health in Ukraine on distributing HIV self-test kits to MSM in Ukraine during COVID-19 restrictions, in order to increase access and uptake of HIV testing.


Case example of adapting HCV services during COVID-19

Rachel Halford, CEO of Hepatitis C Trust in the UK, presents how their services, including outreaches to prisons and homeless people, have been affected by COVID-19 and how they have adapted their strategies.


An example of community cased face-to-face HIV testing during COVID-19

Tom Doyle, the CEO of the UK based “Yorkshire MESMAC”, presents how the organization has been able to offer face-to-face HIV testing during the COVID-19 pandemic and which changes have been made to ensure that it can be done safely and effectively.


Past webinars and videos

Spring 2020

The ETW secretariat hosted a live webinar on Tuesday, 19 May from 16:00-17:00 CEST.

With the current global COVID-19 pandemic, interest for HIV self-testing/sampling has been rapidly increasing due to service closures and/or restrictions to in-person testing. However, in some countries, there exists gaps in knowledge on HIV ST/SS where they may not be widely known or easily available.

This webinar presented case examples from Lithuania (Asociacija Demetra) and Italy (Arcigay) where pilot activities were undertaken through the INTEGRATE JA to close the knowledge gaps to understand the HIV self-testing situation in both countries. These pilots implemented activities to assess awareness, usability, acceptability, availability and knowledge of self-tests and the findings will be presented in the webinar.

You can view a video of the webinar below or click here



Country case example of adapted services during COVID-19

European Testing Week has organised various online activities and videos to help promote the 2020 Spring #EuroTestWeek. As part of these activities, we have gathered country case examples of how organisations throughout Europe have adapted their services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Miloš Peric, Program Coordinator at Asocijacija DUGA/Association RAINBOW in Serbia, presents how their organisation has been able to continue to provide in-person testing in accordance with government recommendations during the pandemic.



Ágata de Oliveira Baginha, a nurse at GAT - Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos in Portugal presents the steps they took in Portugal to continue to provide services for HIV, viral hepatitis and syphilis during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Czech Republic

Robert Hejzak  of Czech AIDS Help Society in the Czech Republic, presents how their organisation has adapted their services in Czechia and how HIV self-testing as played a role in maintaining HIV testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Beka Gabadadze of Tanadgoma - Center for Information and Counseling on Reproductive Health presents on how a network of organisations in Georgia have utilised delivery services to provide prevention, testing and treatment for HIV, in addition to testing for HCV and harm reduction services during the pandemic.

Expert point-of-view on impact of service closures due to COVID-19

As part of our online activities, we asked experts in the HIV, viral hepatitis and/or STI field to share their thoughts and point-of-view on the impact of service closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and their recommendations for services/communities/policy makers in the future. 

Ricardo Fernandes is working in the HIV field for more than a decade. He has a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon. He has been working in several Portuguese NGOs in the HIV field since 2000, mainly in project and services coordination. He is the Executive Director of GAT - Portuguese Group Treatment Activist on HIV / AIDS (GAT) - www.gatportugal.org. He is currently the Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG - www.eatg.org). Co-organiser of several Portuguese conferences and co-author of studies and articles mainly in stigma, diagnose and late presentation.

November 2019

The final webinar of 2019, "Using data for change: How to generate and use information from the real world, for the real world," ocurred on Friday, 22 November. 

Brief description of webinar:

The webinar discussed accessible methods to collect information in settings where community based or civil society organisations work, and ways to use them to leverage political change or generate political debate at the local and national level.

The purpose of the webinar was to structure the thinking process and provide a planning rationale to enable participants to generate or contribute in generating the information that is relevant in their own settings.

Brief presenter bios:
Daniel Simões is a Psychologist working in the third sector in Portugal since 2004. He has been working GAT - Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos since 2011 in both project management and policy/advocacy activities and is co-coordinating the Community Based Testing Network in Portugal. He is an EATG member, and part of the Policy Working Group Steering Committee. Daniel is currently a research fellow in the Global Public Health PhD program, in the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto, in Portugal, co-chair of the EuroTEST Steering Committee and member of the ETW Working Group.

Dr. Daniela Rojas Castro is a social psychologist and the Director of the Community Research Programme at Coalition PLUS in Pantin, France. She has her PhD in Social Psychology and Methodology and conducts research in an international community-based association that aims to improve not only the quality of life but also the rights of most-at-risk populations and PLWHA. Current research topics are: PWID, elderly and HIV, interest and intention to take PrEP (Latin America, Europe and Western Africa), community-based testing (MSM and migrants), access to PEP, and identifying health needs of male sex workers.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2NjEIwE

October 2019

The fourth webinar, "HIV and viral hepatitis community-based testing in low threshold settings: European experiences" occurred on Tuesday, 29 October from 14-14:30 CET. Jason Farrell of Correlation Network provided information on establishing and maintaining integrated testing for viral hepatitis and HIV through community services in low threshold organisations. One of the aims of the webinar was to give service providers a better understanding of what community testing is, and the challenges when establishing integrated testing for viral hepatitis and HIV with medical workers or with peer workers (lay providers) in community services. The webinar informed about the potential barriers and issues between both types of service provision and present good practice examples from select sites in Europe who have successfully overcome barriers in implementing community testing in low threshold organisations.

This webinar will also examine current EU policies and testing guidelines, including the 2015 WHO consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services and the 2018 ECDC guidance on testing for viral hepatitis and HIV, and identified best practices to support testing in low threshold settings.

Brief presenter bio: Jason Farrell works as a project officer for Correlation Network. He is responsible for HCV prevention capacity building, providing training and program support for Correlation Network’s member organisations involved in HCV-community testing.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2NPJxOZ

September 2019

In September 2019, there were two free live webinars:

The webinar "Moving towards integration: ECDC public health guidance on HIV, hepatitis B and C testing in the EU/EEA" occurred on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 from 13:00-13:30 CEST. Anastasia Pharris of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provided an introduction of the development of the 2018 ECDC public health guidance and presented the recommendations in implementing integrated testing for HIV and viral hepatitis.

Brief description of webinar: In 2018, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published an update to their 2010 guidance on HIV testing, extending the document to include testing for viral hepatitis. This guidance aims to provide European countries with an evidence-based framework to help develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own national HBV, HCV and HIV testing guidelines and programmes. It offers a range of evidence-based and expert reviewed options for designing testing interventions in a variety of settings and populations and supports the concepts of diversifying and integrating testing services.

Presenter bio: Anastasia Pharris is an Expert in HIV at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a nurse with Masters degrees in public health and community health nursing and a PhD in public health. Over the last 20 years, she has worked on clinical and public health aspects of HIV in the USA, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, Sweden and, now, at the European level. At ECDC, she is responsible for HIV surveillance within the countries of the European Union. She also provides technical support to countries in Europe on the HIV continuum of care and modelled estimates of HIV incidence and time from infection to HIV diagnosis.

She has led several ECDC country visits for technical support to local authorities and ECDC scientific guidance projects on the prevention of infections among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2Kpt4Pq


The webinar, "Applying Integrated Testing Recommendations in Community Settings," was organised by the European AIDS Treatment Group and supported by ETW. The webinar occurred on 12 September from 17:00-17:45 CET. 

Brief description of webinar: EATG organised a webinar to support mutual learning and exchange on effective testing approaches by lay providers between community services providers and interested partners. The webinar examined tools to support integrated HIV/viral hepatitis testing as per ECDC testing recommendations - outside of medical settings.

Brief speaker bio: Miguel Rocha, a nurse working with GAT will present on a triage guide tool used by the Portuguese Community-based Screening Network that helps those performing testing select in a fast and effective manner the indicated rapid test to apply in the context of integrated HIV/HBV/HCV/syphilis.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy paste the following address into your web browser: https://youtu.be/Oig0_qevKK0

May 2019

To help launch the 2019 Spring European Testing Week, EuroTEST and ETW hosted two free live webinars. These two webinars showcased testing experiences from Southern Europe and the United Kingdom.

The webinar, “High contribution, low public funding: Southern European Checkpoints' role in HIV detection in 4 countries,” was presented by Miguel Rocha of Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos (GAT)/CheckpointLX.

Miguel Rocha is a community health nurse working at GAT’s (treatment activists group) Portugal community-based sexual health centre for MSM – CheckpointLX – since 2012.

Miguel presented on how Checkpoints in Southern Europe have contributed to increases in testing uptake among MSM and diagnose HIV patients earlier than clinical services despite barriers in obtaining public funding.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2OsZvBc


The webinar, “Introducing a free HIV self testing service: Terrence Higgins Trust’s experience offering HIV self test kits online,” was presented by Will Howells and Taku Mukiwa of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

Will Howells is Head of Digital and Taku Mukiwa is Head of Social Marketing at Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). THT is the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK and the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services, running services out of local centres across Great Britain.

Taku and Will presented on Terrence Higgins Trust’s experience of setting up and delivering a UK-based programme offering free HIV self-testing kits online to most at-risk communities.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2ZdfLuf


Questions? Email us at eurotest.rigshospitalet@regionh.dk