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A meeting with representatives of the Healthcare Fund

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21.11.2013

 A meeting of representatives of organizations of People Living with HIV and the Healthcare Fund of Serbia took place yesterday. The meeting is a result of numerous requests and letters. Perspective of the patients as well as some other relevant facts were presented on this meeting.

Representatives of the Healthcare Fund reported on the current situation on the request to include 4 new medicines, recommended by the Board of Experts, to the positive A list. It was also requested from pharmaceutical companies to renew their requests for including the medicines to the list so that the „90 to 120 day request deadline“ cold be met. Representatives of PLHIV organizations saw this move as another in a long line of Healthcare Fund's deadlines which would not be met.
 
The patients stressed that no new medicines became available to patients since 2004, in spite of declining treatment costs in the World. Also, the medicines already on the waiting list are neither new nor modern. Ignoring our pleas as well as expert's opinions lead to having 10% of patients whose lives are threatened. 
 
Representatives of the Healthcare Fund agreed with arguments presented by patients and added that the treatment standard is the worst in the region. They expressed a firm position that the medicines will be included on the positive A list as soon as possible, because there is no alternative.
Representing the Q-Club on this meeting was Bratislav Prokic.
 
 

The fourth issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB

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15.11.2013

The fourth issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB has been published on November 15th. This issue contains a variety of interesting reports, ranging from the functional curing of HIV in girl in the US, and the new data on the ”Berlin patient” – the only person considered cured from HIV, to the text by Simon Collins elaborating evidence on when to start treatment.

The fourth issue of the bulleting is bringing reports on the CROI conference in Atlanta, as well as the IAS conference which took place a few months back. In the more voluminous articles of this issue you can learn about bone health and how to reduce cardio-vascular risks from taking HAART. You can also download the latest issue of the Bulletin in BCMS on www.hiv-bilten.info/najnoviji-broj 
 
We hope you will like this issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB and that you will find it useful and informative. Please don’t hesitate to write about any suggestions about the bulletin and subscribe.
 

HIV is not visible – check your health

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24.10.2013
During the following weekend – October 25-26 we will provide night-time HIV testing from 22 to 01 hours in the very center of Belgrade.
 
The testing is free and anonymous, and done by professionals from the community – our implementing partner Association Duga. It is intended for everyone who would want to check their health – for people who never got an HIV test and for people who didn’t do an HIV test recently.
 
There will be further night-time testing sessions in the forthcoming period organized by Q-Club in cooperation with Duga. They will be timely announced on our website and on the websites of partner organizations in the community. 
 
 

The newly-published brochure about ARV

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21.10.2013

 Introduction to Combination Therapy is the newly-published brochure, by Q-Club, intended for people living with HIV, medical professionals and HIV activists who are service providers for PLHIV. Printing of the brochure was supported by the EATG – European AIDS Treatment Group.

The brochure was translated from the HIV i-Base publication Introduction to Combination Therapy, and adapted with the knowledge of local professionals and people from the HIV community to reflect the situation in the region. 
 
The brochure is an accumulation of knowledge and experiences accumulated on combined antiretroviral therapy and as such will be a very valuable tool in working with people living with HIV. It is also one of the rare resources in the local language for PLHIV and their care providers to understand the HIV infection, benefits of HIV treatment and importance of adherence to the treatment.
 
The previous issue of this brochure was published in 2009, and the 2013 issue was significantly changed to include the new developments in HIV research, HIV guideline, and new knowledge of the HIV community. The brochure also provides a modern approach to ART which includes new recommendations, guidelines and medicines. Since the 2009 issue there was a strong demand for this brochure. The 2013 issue was published in 1000 copies which are available at clinics for infectious diseases and HIV organizations.
 
You can download the PDF version of the brochure here.
 
 

14th EACS conference 2013

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20.10.2013

The biggerst medical HIV conference - the Conference of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) took place on October 16-19 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The first EACS conference in 1987, also took place in Brussels. EACS is a not-for-profit scientific organisation of HIV/AIDS proffessionals, currently presided by prof. Manuel Battegay from Switzerland and co-chared by prof. Fiona Mulchay from Ireland. This year EACS celebrated the 25 year anniversary. Among the regular activities, EACS organizes bi-annual science conferences, and the last conference (in 2011) took place in Belgrade.

The fourteenth conference confirmed the leading status of this organization in the field of HIV. The conference started with a strong political statement condemning the stigmatizing legal and political environment promoted by Russian politicians against gay men, lesbians and transgender people, and Russian Federation was invited to abolish the penalizing laws for “promoting the propaganda of non-traditional sexual communities on minors”.
 
The scientific part of the Conference program included presentation of the new EACS clinical guidelines for treating HIV and other topics like prevention, managing co-morbidities, resistance and immunity, hepatitis C and other co-infections, ARV treatment as prevention. Along with oral presentations there were over 300 poster presentations on the Conference.
 
More than 3000 delegates came to the capitol of the European Union in order take part in the Conference. There were also several doctors from Serbia and other countries from the Region on the conference as well, and representing Q-Club was Nenad Petkovic.
 
More information on the 14th EACS conference can be found on the official website, http://www.eacs-conference2013.com and on NAM website www.aidsmap.com/eacs2013.
 
 
 
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