Field of action 4: Equitable access to prevention and treatment

Low-threshold access to prevention and treatment ensures that those affected receive quick and uncomplicated support. NAPS focuses on developing existing services on an ongoing basis so that they are actively utilised, especially by key groups.

NAPS aims to ensure that healthcare services are designed in such a way that they are accepted and, if required, used on a recurring basis, especially by people with an increased risk of infection. 

There must therefore be no barriers to accessing the services Easily accessible prevention counselling, for example, helps ensure that people use the services, improve their protection strategies and do not become infected. 

If an infection nevertheless occurs, early diagnosis is of key importance.  This can be achieved by offering easily accessible testing without cost or other barriers. If those affected are treated quickly and effectively and provided with comprehensive information, their risk of subsequent health problems is reduced and transmission to other people can be prevented. 




Further information

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Communicable Diseases Legislation – Epidemics Act, (EpidA)

The Epidemics Act aims to ensure that communicable diseases are detected, monitored, prevented and controlled at an early stage and helps to better manage disease outbreaks with a high risk potential.

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