Background

ATHENA

SHM was founded as a result of the successful AIDS Therapy Evaluation in the Netherlands project (ATHENA). This project was set up following the introduction of combination therapy in 1996, which was prescribed to a large number of people living with HIV. At the time, availability of these new HIV inhibitors was accelerated by the Minister of Health, but there was a fear that the combination therapy would fail because of drug resistance. Therefore, a large research study, the ATHENA cohort study, was conducted from 1998 to 2001 to examine the effects of accelerated access. 

Dramatically positive effects

The ATHENA study was carried out among 3600 people living with HIV and proved to be highly successful. The combination therapy showed dramatically positive effects: fewer people developed AIDS and fewer people died from AIDS. In addition, regular treatment with combination therapy proved to be cost-effective. This research was continued and extended to include all people living with HIV, leading to the foundation of SHM in 2001. As of 2002, SHM was officially charged by the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport to monitor the HIV epidemic and the quality of HIV care in the Netherlands. Together with the HIV treatment centres, SHM contributes to improving the quality of HIV care in the Netherlands. 

 
 

Stichting HIV Monitoring

Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM) makes an essential contribution to healthcare for HIV-positive people in the Netherlands.  Working with all recognised HIV treatment centres in the Netherlands, SHM systematically collects coded medical data from all registered HIV patients. SHM uses these data to produce centre-specific reports that allow HIV treatment centres to optimise their patient care and obtain formal certification. SHM’s data also form the basis for the yearly HIV monitoring report and are used in HIV-related research in the Netherlands and internationally. The outcome of SHM’s research provides tangible input into HIV care and prevention polices in the Netherlands.

Visiting address

Nicolaes Tulphuis
Tafelbergweg 51
1105 BD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Postal address

Academisch Medisch Centrum
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Meibergdreef 9 1105 AZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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