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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.
 
 

Training for Leaders of Patient Organizations

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08.10.2013

Regional training “New Leaders” for people leading patient organizations took place in Belgrade from October 4-6. 2013. The training was organized by the Bulgarian organization “New Leaders” with significant experience on cooperation with civil society organizations, patient’s groups and associations and in international cooperation, and for this particular training they provided support from the European Patients’ Forum.

There were more than thirty participants on the training coming from the countries in the Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. Main topics on this training were Strategic planning and managing patients organizations, fundraising in economic crisis settings, presentation and communication skills, advocacy and lobbying and forming successful partnerships, media and public relations.

Along with very interesting lectures, the participants could exchange experiences, network and demonstrate what they have learned in creative practical exercises. Representing Q-Club was Rade Kuzmanović.
 

 

HIV Forum in Morocco

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07.10.2013

World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders took place in Rabat, capital of Morocco from October 1st to October 4th. The Summit gathered over 3000 leaders from over 100 countries, including mayors, representatives of city, local and regional authorities. “No one left behind” was the slogan of the satellite forum organized by UNDP and UNFPA, which dealt with the topics of HIV and health equality.

The most important global topic of the 21st century is the significant increase of the population living in towns and cities, which in turn increases risks for people’s health, taking into consideration significant difference in social status and living conditions. This forum dealt with municipal, local structures as well as with key actors for curbing HIV infection, particularly among key populations like MSM, sex workers, drug users and transgender people. City regions are the very hot-spots, i.e. key spots where local authorities should coordinate activities for reaching these populations.

A very important aspect was the initiative of the community that yielded significant results in high prevalence countries and/or inefficient government systems. Promotion of dialogue and partnerships between municipal authorities and the community, and capacity building were significant topics of this forum.
Jasmina Nikolic, from UNAIDS, Spomenka Ciric-Jankovic from the municipal government of Novi Beograd and Bratislav Prokic from Q-Club were representatives from Belgrade. They had an opportunity to share experiences with colleagues from South Africa, Kenya, Netherlands, and Philippines…  In his introduction Bratislav Prokic stressed the role of young leaders in response to HIV/AIDS.

 

 

European testing week

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18.10.2013

The European testing week will take place this year from November 22 to 29. The action should connect healthcenters, civil society organizations and decision makes across Europe toward a common goal of making more people aware of their HIV status. The slogan for this year’s testing week is ”Talk HIV. Test HIV.” and the goal is to encourage people to talk openlz about the benefits of HIV testing, empower those in increased risk of HIV and provide wider availability of testing.

The population in increased risk is the reason Q-Club joined this Pan-European action. During this week Q-Club will organize several actions of voluntery confidential counseling and testin in Belgrade. People willing to use the program of support for people living with HIV and people with increased risk of HIV.
Q-Club will provide adequate details, but if you wish to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us
 

You can learn more about the European testing week on their website www.hivtestingweek.eu.

 
 
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