The “Checkpoint” is the first non-clinical, community-based HIV, HBV, HCV prevention promotion and rapid testing facility operating both in Athens (from November 2012) and Thessaloniki (from March 2014), designed for the sexually active population while at the same time it targets also some of the Most At Risk key Populations (MARPs) such as Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), Sex Workers (SW), People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), Transgender people, Refugees etc. Moreover, the “Checkpoint” coordinates and facilitates the linkage procedure to further health care in case of reactive rapid testing results. “Checkpoint’s” salient targets are 1) to reduce the undiagnosed fraction, especially people who stem from the MSM community which is the most important and disproportionately-affected by HIV population in Greece, 2) to raise awareness of the beneficial impact of early treatment, thus encouraging early detection, 3) to facilitate early diagnosis and optimal access to treatment and care and 4) to minimize the social stigma effects and myths around HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
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Access to service and referral procedure info
Checkpoint accommodates both scheduled and drop-in appointments as well. In order to book an appointment, you can simply call the front desk of the Checkpoint or just by visiting the centre. Moreover, referals from other services and/or centres can also be done through a telephone call at the Checkpoint's front desk.