Public announcement


 As part of our continuous advocacy efforts for quality healthcare for people living with HIV we started a new phase of advocacy. Unfortunately, we have to deal with old problems which have not yet been solved in the previous couple of years. On occasion of the World AIDS Day we sent open letters to the relevant institutions for solving these ongoing problems.

The most important issue is putting necessary medicines for treating HIV to the positive A list – these medicines are necessary for patients, particularly for those who, due to mutation of HIV, have no more treatment options – they make out about 10% of the patients, and their very lives are threatened. Experts have expressed their opinions, and have sent it to the Healthcare Fund on several occasions over the previous three years. Like numerous pleas of patients, those opinions fell on deaf ears of the Healthcare Fund, and since 2004 no new medicines have been put on the positive A list. In time the quality of treatment in Serbia did not improve, but rather, treatment standards in Serbia are lowest in the region.
We wish to stress that HIV is not a deadly disease, but rather a chronic one, and with adequate treatment does not affect life expectancy. It is necessary for the relevant institutions to provide the adequate treatment so that patients can lead normal lives.

A meeting with representatives of the Healthcare Fund


 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


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 
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

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


 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.

Five year report