Methodology

The process of putting this site together was via

The development of a questionnairre by partners in the OptTest project  overseen by GNP+ and and independent consultant 

The questionnire was then circulated via 

  • A link to a survey that could be filled in online 
  • A questionnirre was  sent out to some 500 indviduals and organisations in the WHO region 

Respondents were only asked to comment on the situation in their country.

Some 300 valid responses (non-duplicates, identifiable respondents etc ) across the 40 countries were recieveed  

Both the questionnirre and the online survey were made available in English and Russian

Responses from both sources were translated into english and tabulated country by country 

Where there were conflicting information respondents were aked for clarification.

We are also indebted to EATG

who used their contacts for verifying data where unclear as weel as reaching out to contacts in countries where we had no information 

Addittionally existing sources of information in the public domain  were used for traingulation of the data.

These included 

As well as responses from in-country individuals and organisations information was taken from the following sources:

As well as responses from in-country individuals and organisations information was taken from the following sources:http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/aids/Pages/monitoring-dublin-declaration.aspx
Sex Work Laws
These included  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_by_country#Europe
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects www.nswp.org and country sources and http://sexualrightsdatabase.org/map/21/Adult%20sex%20work and http://spl.ids.ac.uk/sexworklaw
Drug use
Needle exchange information was taken from Harm Reduction International who have an interactive tool https://www.hri.global/global-state-of-harm-reduction
Criminalisation of non-disclusure, exposure and transmission of HIV
http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net has useful info about the criminal law and is searchable by country as well as information at http://www.hivjustice.net/site/countries/
MSM
http://ilga.org/what-we-do/state-sponsored-homophobia-report/ (2016)

The result of all this work is that the information from each country is we believe reasonably robust and accuarate, and is provided on a best intent and good faith basis

 

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