A Science Gathering dedicated to HIV/AIDS, organized by the Interdepartmental AIDS committee and the Association for fighting AIDS of Jazas, in the Serbian Academy of Science and Art (SANU), on December 2, 2011. The topic of the meeting was the thirteenth European AIDS conference held in Belgrade in October. Lecturers from Serbia who had lectures during the conference had the honor and pleasure to present their lectures to the Serbian scientific society.
The meeting was presided by academics Veselinka Šušić and Miodrag Čolić, and the following lectures were presented to the participants:
From viremia to full health – Đorđe Jevtović
HIV and HCV/HBV co-infections – Jovan Ranin
New classes of antiretroviral medicines and advantages – Gordana Dragović
HIV infections: news in virology and immunology – Maja Stanojević
Modern estimet of the spread of the HIV epidemics in Europe – Danijela Simić
Significance of HIV testing as a responce to the HIV epidemics in Vojvodina – Predrag Đurić
HIV and human rights – Nenad Petković
Naučni skup: Odjeci 13-ste Evropske HIV/AIDS konferencije
On the occasion of the World AIDS Day HIV/AIDS, experts and activists of Serbia gathered for a panel in the Dom Omladine center in Belgrade to discuss current issues on the field of HIV prevention in Serbia. Panel was organized by Predrag Azdejkovic, activist for LGBT rights.
Dr Dragan Ilic stressed his concern for the center for the voluntary and confidential counseling and testing on the Student Health Center since it faces significant problems, maybe even closing. Momcilo Janjic from the Youth of Jazas spoke about the financing issues the Global Fund faces, while Aleksandar Skundric spoke about the work of the drop-in organization SPY. Bratislav Prokic from the Q-Club talked about importance of responsibility of all the stakeholders of the fight against HIV and stressed the role of ARV therapy in prevention.
We invite all members and interested parties to attend the annual General assembly meeting of the Association of Citizens Q-Club.
The session of Assembly will held on 17 12 2011 starting at 18h in the premises of the Association of Citizens "Q-Club" in Belgrade, Šafarikova 6, with the following agenda:
1. Selection of Chairperson and recording secretary;
2. Submission and approval of the annual report on the work of the Board;
3. Presentation of five-year report on the results and achievements;
4. Tasks and objectives of the Association of Citizens "Q-Club" in 2012;
All interested are invited to confirm their presence three days earlier due to space limitations.
Contact: Nenad Petkovic
Tests which are used in regular control and treatment of HIV infection (PCR, CD 4, resistance test) have about two weeks ago been put on the list of available healthcare services by the Republic Health Insurance Fund. These tests are generally applied in regular clinical practice, but so far have only been acquired trough international donations, and were not a part of the healthcare system of Serbia, even though they are a key part of HIV treatment. In the future they will be provided by the Republic Health Insurance Fund and Clinics, and will be available to patients.
This is a positive outcome of the advocacy efforts for better treatment conditions of people living with HIV, initiated by the Q-club early this year. In March we had a conference with representatives of the Republic Health Insurance Fund, Health Ministry and doctors of the Clinic for Infectious diseases, where an agreement was reached to put the tests on the list.
The good news is that it finally happened. This however doesn’t guarantee the tests will be available all the time, but it does put a significant responsibility obligation to healthcare providers.
In the future, the Q-club will continue with advocacy efforts for availability of HIV diagnostics and new medicines.
As part of the study tour to the programs in the response to HIV / AIDS in Serbia, the delegation of doctors and epidemiologists from Montenegro, headed by Dr Aleksandar Marjanovic, head of the Centre for Voluntary Counseling and Testing for HIV in Podgorica, visited the Q-Club. Activists of Q-Club presented the work and achievements of the organization and explained more to the guests about PLHIV support programs that are implemented in organization. Special attention was given to AIDS resource web portal that offers a lot of trusted information about HIV / AIDS which are available throughout the region. The visit included the discussion of future forms of cooperation and joint initiatives.