About the Cobatest Network
The COBATEST Network links community-based voluntary counselling and testing services (CBVCTs) across Europe. It was established in 2009 within the HIV-COBATEST project under the European Union Public Health Programme. The purpose was to share a common data collection instrument to monitor the activity of CBVCTs in Europe and to promote HIV testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care among vulnerable groups. Since the end of the HIV-EDAT project in 2017, the COBATEST Network remains active and continues to recruit new members.
The COBATEST mission is to promote HIV and other STI testing and linkage to care and treatment, to improve CBVCT services across Europe, to share good practices, procedures and information to improve CBVCT activities, and to provide tools to strengthen collaborative work between professionals.
In 2016, COBATEST members performed 72,916 tests. Of the 813 tests that were reactive, 378 confirmatory tests were reported and 292 people confirmed positive were successfully linked to care.
The COBATEST Network now comprises 56 CBVCTs in 26 European countries and 2 Central Asian countries (see our members). In 2019, COBATEST members performed 129,484 tests. Of the 1407 (1.1%) that were reactive, 1147 (81.1%) performed confirmatory tests, of which 991 (86.4%) were positive.
The Governing Structure of Cobatest Network
Temporary Steering Committee was established in 2019 for a transition period, in order to develop the governance structure of the COBATEST Network. During 2019-2021 the following governing documents were developed which currently ensures smooth and democratic processes within the network:
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