The National Programme for HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (NPHS) sets out the strategy for preventing, diagnosing and treating HIV and other STIs. The Epidemics Act forms the legal basis for it.

How the programme was drawn up

Various events were organised at which the stakeholders discussed and drew up the strategy in working groups. In addition, several consultation procedures were held. Thanks to this broad-based process, the NPHS is a programme that is supported both by those concerned and by the experts.

The three-axis intervention model

A model with three axes of intervention has been used to structure and implement the aims and measures for the first time. Intervention axis 1 serves as the underlying basis for the prevention work and has the population as a whole as its target group. Intervention axis 2 is addressed to people who engage in risky behaviour in an environment in which the pathogens are particularly widespread. Intervention axis 3 is aimed at people with an HIV or STI infection and their partners. The axis model is thus cumulative in design: anyone belonging to the target groups for intervention axes 2 or 3 will also be reached by the measures for intervention axis 1.  Find out more about the three-axis model here.

Further information

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.

Last modification 25.04.2019

Top of page


Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Division of Communicable Diseases
Prevention and Promotion Section
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Bern
Tel. +41 58 463 87 06

Print contact