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These STIs are often asymptomatic, undetected infection can result in serious long-term complications and increased risk of HIV acquisition and transmission.
Screening and appropriate treatment for infections in asymptomatic individuals can reduce the risk of developing serious long-term complications and interrupt onward transmission to sexual partners.
In Italy, Malta, and Greece, there are several mobile aid centers active to combat sexually transmitted infections among migrants and disadvantaged people.
The mobile clinic in Malta offers general medical consultations, comprehensive medical history taking, STIs/HIV prevention counseling, and Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) for various diseases. Patients who test positive will be referred to specialized sexual health services for confirmatory testing and treatment, while patients exhibiting other health issues will be referred to primary health services.
Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) for Syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhoea will be available and offered to migrants according to their sexual history and risky behaviors.
The service will focus on offering primary healthcare services, referrals and linkage to care, pre-post counseling, condom distribution, and psychosocial support to disadvantaged individuals who face difficulties accessing formal healthcare systems. This includes migrants, asylum seekers, refugees, undocumented people, homeless individuals, sex workers, and drug users. Additionally, the service will provide free and anonymous rapid tests for HIV, HCV, and HBV, as well as offer detailed information on prevention and safe practices. Interventions will be conducted through individual and small group sessions, with an emphasis on community mobilization.
Yes, services by professional cultural-linguistic mediators will be activated to address the linguistic and cultural difficulties that many immigrants encounter in their relationship with health professionals.
Yes, STI/HIV/BBV testing will be offered to all migrants based on their sexual history and risk assessment. Migrants with risky behaviors (such as men who have sex with men and sex workers) will also receive counseling about safer sex practices and biomedical interventions to prevent HIV transmission.
The medical evaluation will include a detailed collection of medical history (including previous health problems, medications taken, and any allergies and vaccinations), family and social history (including information about the migratory path), and an assessment of the patient’s symptoms and mental health. Sexual history taking and counseling about safer sex practices will also be part of the consultation
Yes, services by professional cultural-linguistic mediators will be activated to address the linguistic and cultural difficulties that many immigrants encounter in their relationship with health professionals. The mediators will be experts who share the same culture as the patients and have been trained in the biomedical field, and they will intervene in person to support the doctor-patient relationship.
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