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.

14th EACS conference 2013

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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, and on NAM website

Training for Leaders of Patient Organizations


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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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.



Five year report