The Sialon project was funded under the 2003-2008 Public Health Programme (work plan 2007). The objective was to obtain reliable and valid information on HIV and syphilis prevalence, risk behaviour, and cultural factors among MSM through:
• non-invasive outreach testing method based on oral fluid sample collection; • anonymous questionnaire; • innovative sampling methods allowing statistical inference; • use of international core indicators (UNGASS, ECDC); • active involvement of gay associations.
The project was implemented in selected countries of Southern and Eastern Europe, namely Italy, Spain, Greece, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Romania.
The project ran for a duration of 24 months with a budget of € 714,000 and concluded in April 2010.