Night-Time HIV Counseling and Testing in front of Belgrade Gay Clubs

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 Q-Club, along with the Rainbow Association and the Center for Center for Public Health of Belgrade, organized a series of night-time counseling and HIV testing in front of Belgrade gay clubs on November 29 and 30, 2013. The HIV testing was implemented on occasion of the European HIV Testing Week and the World AIDS Day, and as a part of the project “Reduction of HIV transmission and support for GMT”. The Testing was done in front of clubs Apartment, Smiley and Mystique from 22h to 2h on both evenings.

The testing sessions were very successful with a massive turnout of people wanting to check their health and to learn about HIV prevention. As a part of this action testing vouchers were distributed in these clubs and these vouchers could be used during the forthcoming testing activities done by the Q-Club and in the  Center for Public Health of Belgrade.

Marking the world AIDS day Republic Square

A public event on the Republic Square was organized to mark the World AIDS day on Sunday, December 1st. Civil society organizations gathered on the Square between 13 and 16 hours, put up stands and distributed informational and educational brochures and leaflets and condoms to passers buy. Q-Club was one of the organizations with a stand, and activists of the Q-Club talked to passers by about prevention, adequate condom use and about socio-medical aspects of living with HIV. Particular attention was given to promoting testing programs, and referring people to the existing voluntary, confidential and anonymous counseling and HIV testing.  
The World AIDS day is has been celebrated world-wide on December 1st since 1988. The red ribbon is a symbol of the struggle and the solidarity established on 1991, while the UNAIDS begun on 1996. 
There are between 110 and 130 new people living with HIV discovered in Serbia every year. At the moment there are 1808 registered people living with HIV, and according to UNAIDS estimates there are at least as many people not knowing their HIV status. Due to late testing even one third of people find out about their infection late, in the terminal phase of the infection.

Press Conference ”Living With HIV”

Due to the forthcoming World AIDS Day, Press conference ” Living with HIV” took place in the great conference hall of the Belgrade Media Center, today at 11. The topic of the conference was life with HIV and HIV treatment in Serbia and the general national HIV response. Dr Drgoslav Popovic, Project Manager of the Topic Group of UNAIDS, Prof. Dr Dragan Ilic, director of the Public Health Institute ”Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”, Dr Dragan Delic, director of the Clinic for Infectious and tropical diseases of the Clinical Center of Seriba, Mr. Boris Kovacic, president of the Stav plus association, Mr. Karlo Boras, executive director of the Youth of JAZAS, and Mr. Bratislav Prokic, program development manager of the Q-Club talked on the Conference.
The participants presented the current situation regarding the HIV epidemics in our Country and discussed the challenges to treating HIV infection, such as the problem of about 10% of patients lacking adequate therapy. They also presented the problem of stock-outs of medicines and diagnostics without which it is not possible to provide adequate medical treatment of patients living with HIV. Bratislav Prokic from the Q-Club stressed that there were not new medicines introduced to the positive A list of the Republic Healthcare Fund since 2004, and that the Clinic Center doesn’t get enough basic diagnostic tests as well as medical equipment like test tubes and diapers. He concluded that the current hot spot of the epidemics can easily spread like wildfire due to irresponsible work of the relevant institutions.

A meeting about improving philanthropy development conditions

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Q-Club was happy to respond to the invitation of the Trag foundation and actively participate in the work for improving conditions for developing philanthropy and improving fundraising in the Republic of Serbia. The first meeting took place on Wednesday, November 27 in Belgrade, where the participants were introduced to tax reductions related to general good donations in Serbia, but also to the proposals for improving public policies in this field.
Together we initiated suggestions for developing standards for charity fundraising in Serbia. We believe it is necessary for all stakeholders in the civil sector to contribute in developing philanthropy, and a more responsible approach to fundraising in Serbia.

Public lecture ”HIV is not Visible”


 Public lecture ”HIV is not Visible”, marking the World AIDS Day – December 1st, will be organized by the Center for promoting positive living, Q-Club, with support of amfAR and in partnership with the Student Parliament of the School of Medicine of the Belgrade University, and other student organizations as well as civil society organizations.

The lecture will take place on Monday, December 2 in the large hall of the Dean’s office of the School of Medicines in Belgrade

Dr Subotica str, No. 8, Belgrade.
Speakers in this lecture will be Ms. Nada Micic, president of the Center for promotion of positive living, Dr Biljana Begovic-Vuksanovic, head of the HIV/AIDS center of the Center for Public Health of Belgrade, Ms. Jelena Zulevic, psychologist and psychotherapist, Mr. Predrag Azdeljkovic, editor of the Optimist magazine and Mr. Rade Kuzmanovic, activist of the Q-Club.
Moderating this lecture will be Mr. Bratislav Prokic.
As a result of fear and lack of knowledge in the general population, but also among medical experts a lot of stigma and discrimination is attached to people living with HIV, as well as gay men, men having sex with men and transgender people, who are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Discrimination can be found in all fields, social welfare, education, employment and the healthcare system. 
Mobile and creative services, adapted to the needs of this group, and sensitized medical experts are necessary for an effective response to the HIV pandemic. Educating medical students sets a good foundation for it.

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