Research Activities and Publications

The Centre is a part of the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, School of Medicine in Zagreb. Carrying out research in HIV epidemiology and prevention is one of our key activities. The research interest of the Centre’s staff is in carrying out probability-based epidemiological studies in key and priority populations, key population size estimation, evaluation of interventions and assessing population-level impact of interventions. 

Our research is focused on:

  • Methodological innovations in evaluation of HIV, STI and viral hepatitis prevention and control interventions, in particular testing and elimination of MTCT of HIV and syphilis 
  •  Analysis of the continuum of HIV and hepatitis prevention and treatment
  • Effectiveness of various HIV testing modalities, in particular community-based testing
  • Factors associated with linkage and retention in HIV treatment
  •  HIV and STI bio-behavioural surveys in key and priority populations
  • Integration of multiple data sources for guiding programmatic decision making
  • Translations of findings from HIV research into HIV prevention, control and treatment programmes

Selected research studies:

  • Analysis of the continuum of HIV care, Morocco, 2019-2020 
  • Bio-bihevioural surveys based on RDS among five key populations in five cities in Sri Lanka, 2017-2018
  • Population size estimation of five key populations in Sri Lanka, 2017-2018
  •  Assessment of patterns of HIV transmission in Ukraine at the national and regional levels, 2013-2016
  • Assessment of key components of HIV strategic information systems in WHO EMR countries, 2009-2019 
  • Bio-bihevioural survey using RDS among PWID in three cities in Croatia, 2015
  • Bio-bihevioural survey based on cluster sampling among female seasonal workers in Morocco, 2013
  • Bio-bihevioural survey using RDS in MSM in Zagreb, Croatia, 2010-2011
  • Cluster-based household survey on prevalence of chlamydial infection and sexual behaviours, knowledge and attitudes among young people in Croatia, 2010
  • Review of HIV epidemics and policy responses among MSM in 27 countries of eastern Europe (commissioned by WHO EURO)
  • Pre-surveillance assessment and bio-bihevioural survey based on RDS among FSW in Yemen, 2007-2008 
  • Bio-bihevioural survey based on RDS among PWID in three cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007 (commissioned by UNICEF)
  • Bio-bihevioural survey based on RDS among MSM in Zagreb, Croatia, 2006
  • Bihevioural survey based on convenience sampling among sailors in Croatia, 2005
  • Time-location bihevioural survey among truck drivers in Croatia, 2005 and 2010
  • Cluster-based household survey on sexual behaviours, knowledge and attitudes among young people in Croatia, 2005

Auditing HIV Testing Rates across Europe: Results from the HIDES 2 Study. PLoS One. 2015 Nov 11;10(11):e0140845.

Raben D, Mocroft A, Rayment M, Mitsura VM, Hadziosmanovic V, Sthoeger ZM, Palfreeman A, Morris S, Kutsyna G, Vassilenko A, Minton J, Necsoi C, Estrada VP, Grzeszczuk A, Johansson VS,Begovac J, Ong EL, Cabié A, Ajana F, Celesia BM, Maltez F, Kitchen M, Comi L, Dragsted UB, Clumeck N, Gatell J, Gazzard B, d’Arminio Monforte A, Rockstroh J, Yazdanpanah Y, Champenois K, Jakobsen ML, Sullivan A, Lundgren JD; HIDES Audit Study Group.