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First Direct Elections to The Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe

We have good news! For the first time in the history of the Network, the members of AAE are going to directly elect the members of the Steering Committee! Driven by the goal to ensure a more transparent and democratic governance structure for AIDS Action Europe, as well as to strengthen the collaboration within the network, the Steering Committee of AAE decided to establish direct elections to the Steering Committee. This happens for the first time in the history of the Network, and we are excited to embark on this path together with you! The election procedure: The elections will be conducted in December 2022. In order to ensure the most efficient selection procedure, we have opened pre-registration for voting. Only one person for an organization will have the voting rights. Therefore, we ask you to assign the person for your organisation who has the authority to vote in the name of the organisation and is available in December 2022. Once the election is open, the assigned person will receive the link to the email address entered at pre-registration. Registration  Become AAE Member 

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OPEN CALL: Join AAE Steering Committee

Are you involved in an HIV/AIDS related NGO or community group? Is your organisation a member or partner of AIDS Action Europe? Are you motivated to work towards a more effective response to the HIV, TB and viral hepatitis epidemics in Europe and Central Asia? If so, apply now! We currently have 3 vacancies in our Steering Committee for a 3-year term of 2021 – 2023, starting on 1. Jan 2021…
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Member and Partner meeting 2020 - Let's shape our work together!

The AIDS Action Europe Member and Partner Meeting 2020 took place online on November 10th. This year the meeting was to have our members and partners come together face-to-face to discuss AAE’s future strategy for 2022-2025. And even though it turned to be impossible to meet face-to-face this time, we decided to make the most out of this year and decided to shift the actual meeting online, which…
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10 Lessons learned in the HIV response for Covid19

The experience gained with the HIV epidemic can provide solutions for this new health emergency caused by the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). For this reason, we contribute 10 lessons learned during the almost 40 years of response to HIV from civil society perspective. Trabajando en Positivo 10 Lessons learned in the HIV response to Covid19 Since the first cases of people living with HIV were…
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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Report

On this World AIDS Day – we would like to launch our report on “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Report” This report shows findings of the survey that took place in June 2020. AAE conducted a survey among our network members and partners to learn how the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted the services and finances of our member and partner organisations. This survey shows that services with face-to-…
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The problem with the use of criminal law as a public health response

On this Human Rights Day we are proud to present you a report and policy paper on HIV-criminalization. “HIV criminalization” refers to the use of criminal law to penalize alleged, perceived or potential HIV exposure; alleged nondisclosure of a known HIV-positive status prior to sexual contact (including acts that do not risk HIV transmission); or non-intentional HIV transmission. The report…
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AAE member organisations struggling heavily with impact of COVID-19 induced measures

The Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic outbreak affects all our lives on a day-to-day basis. These are also times, where our achievements in the field of HIV, viral hepatitis and TB and human rights based public health responses combating inequalities in health and addressing stigma and discriminationare are at stake. Against this background we are highly concerned by the wave of public…
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MEMBER AND PARTNER METING 2020 online

On November 10, 2020, we would like to invite all our members and partners to participate in our AAE Member and Partner Meeting online, from 10 to 14:30 (CET, Berlin time). The meeting will be conducted in two languages: English and Russian. Use this opportunity and join our meeting to discuss and learn from member and partner presentations on the guidance for our future work, to participate,…
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Call for the immediate release of detained LGBTIQ activists in Poland

The violation of human rights of LGBTIQ people in Poland has reached a new level when several protestors were detained two weeks ago in a demonstration in Warsaw.  On August 7, 2020, demonstrators tried to block the arrest of Margot Szutowicz, in front of the office of the Polish LGBTIQ advocacy organisation, Campaign Against Homophobia (Kampania Przeciw Homofobii). During the arrest of Margot…
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Relevant Resources on COVID-19 and HIV, TB and viral Hepatitis

[Latest update - 03.08.2020] In times of a pandemic crisis, we must keep protecting human rights, and continue addressing discrimination and stigma. Therefore, we have linked relevant information on COVID-19 and HIV, TB and viral Hepatitis: COVID-19 Law Lab - collecting legal documents from the COVID-19 response [03.08.2020] The COVID-19 Law Lab initiative gathers and shares legal…
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Video clip on Russian Referendum scapegoating and fueling hatred against LBGT community

A recently published video incites hatred towards same-sex families in Russia, stirring up fears about the adoption of children by gay couples. The referendum to change the constitution was already announced in January 2020, the vote is taking place now, started yesterday, June 25, until July 1, 2020. The video shows the year 2035 where an orphan meets his adoptive parents while a caregiver is…
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Assessment: COVID-19 Impact on Testing for HIV, viral Hepatitis and STI's

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, has had profound effects across health systems worldwide, and many HIV, viral hepatitis and/or sexually transmitted infection (STI) services have been interrupted. EuroTEST, including regional European and international organisations representing community, health care and public health institutions developed an assessment to understand how…
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WHO Q&A on COVID-19, HIV and Antiretrovirals

Also in times of a pandemic crisis, we must keep protecting human rights, and continue addressing discrimination and stigma. We appreciate that WHO addresses these issues in their Q&A on COVID-19, HIV and antiretrovirals. -> Click here to get to the WHO Q&A on COVID-19
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Call to action in response to COVID-19

AIDS Action Europe as a part of the Regional Collaborating Committee on Accelerated Response to Tuberculosis, HIV and Viral Hepatitis ((RCC-THV) hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe contributed to the development and co-signed this call to action on national governments, development partners, United Nations agencies and civil society in response to COVID-19.  During this time in which…
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CALL FOR MEMBERSHIP to the EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis Civil Society Forum

The EU HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis Civil Society Forum is calling for membership for the term 2020-2022. Since its creation in 2005,  the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS and since 2017, the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV, viral hepatitis and tuberculosis (hereafter CSF), has been instrumental in providing and sharing critical information and evidence; in undertaking joint actions…
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AIDS Action Europe on the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Pandemic

Public health measures in times of pandemics must always be human rights-based. We have learnt this well since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We are observing with growing concern that some of the measures introduced during the current SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 outbreak lack all the principles of human rights-based public health measures, and in certain cases are not even connected to the…
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I want to achieve the decriminalization of HIV in Tajikistan

To celebrate with you March 8, the International Women's Day 2020, we interviewed three activists, who are dedicated their work to women and HIV.  In the following we talked with Takhmina Khaydarova. Takhmina is the director of the NGO "Таджикистанская сеть женщин, живущих с ВИЧ" (translated: Tajikistan Network of Women Living with HIV - TNW Plus), based in Dushanbe. Tell us a little about…
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I want to see feminism as intersectional as possible

To commemorate March 8, International Women's Day 2020, we interviewed three activists who have dedicated their work to women and HIV. Svitlana Moroz is activly involved in several organisations in Estern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Svitlana is also a former Steering Committee Member of AIDS Action Europe, in our interview she tells us about her activism in women and the HIV prevention…
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One of my goals is to eliminate Stigma and end Discrimination in Ukraine

To celebrate with you March 8, the International Women's Day 2020, we interviewed three activists, who are dedicated their work to women and HIV.  In the following, we took an interview with Anna Aryabinska, who works as strategy development coordinator at “Позитивные женщины“ (translated: Positive Women) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Tell us a little about yourself: What's your name? Where do you live?…
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Wellbeing Economy – a Way to Sustainability in the HIV and AIDS Response?

With this approach Positiiviset, HivFinland, organised a seminar in Helsinki in October 2019. The seminar was an official side event of Finland's Presidency of the Council of the EU, which Finland held from 1 July to 31 December 2019. Finland had two main themes as regards social and health policy: the economy of wellbeing and gender equality. Positiiviset, HivFinland, wanted to take an…
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New SC Member Marios Atzemis from Greece

AAE welcomes new Steering Committee Member Marios Atzemis, who works as a harm reduction officer at the Greek Association of People Living with HIV "Positive Voice". Welcome Marios! Marios has been a substance user for many years. In his social reintegration of the rehab unit “18Ano”, he actively participated in the activist group "Collective Actions of Social Solidarity" with his peers but…
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New SC Member Julia Godunova from Russia

Julia took the chance to share with us how she started in the HIV prevention field and how she became the director of EVA Association in Russia.  Welcome Julia! "I started to work in the central part of Russia, in Orel, at Phoenix PLUS. I remember my first project in 2006, which focused only on women living with HIV. It was a very complex application, writing and coordinating it with partners…
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For Respectful Burials of People living with HIV in the Republic of Serbia

In the end of 2019, USOP (Union of organisations of people living with HIV and AIDS in Serbia), an AAE member organisation, asked for our support to stop the disrespectful treatment of the remains of people with HIV in their country. USOP pointed out that people with HIV who passed away were buried without their clothes in black plastic bags. In a letter (see below) to the Serbian Minister of…

Empowerment of women living with HIV in EECA Region - regional conference

52% of women from the EECA region experienced physical abuse after being diagnosed with HIV. These data were presented as part of a 2019 study of the issue of violence against women living with HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by the Eurasian Women's Network on AIDS. Women usually find out about their status earlier, which increases their risks for violence in their immediate surrounding,…
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High Time to Listen to the Voices of the Communities

Ferenc Bagyinszky, the Project Manager of AIDS Action Europe, participated as NGO Observer at the 45th meeting of the #UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board #PCB45, which took place on December 10-12 in Geneva. We would like to call your attention to his intervention made under to the agenda point: Report by the NGO Representative "If it is to be truly universal. Why universal health coverage will…
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Criminalisation of HIV in Europe: preliminary findings

The European HIV Legal Forum (EHLF) is a project of AIDS Action Europe, the goal of which is to develop effective means of improving access to HIV services for all those who have limited access to HIV services due to legal obstacles, through the united efforts of legal and policy experts with the aim of bringing into effect a rights-based approach to health as adopted by the European Commission…
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Communities at the core and forefront of the HIV response

On this World AIDS Day – themed “Communities make the difference” – AIDS Action Europe proudly announces its support to HIV 2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response conference, taking place in Mexico City on July 5-7, 2020. In 2018, after the announcement of the next International AIDS Society Conference taking place in San Francisco/Oakland in 2020, an alliance of global, regional and…
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Policymakers called to prioritise quality of life of PLHIV on political agenda

HIV Outcomes launched today a Call to Action urging European policymakers to ensure that long-term health outcomes and the quality of life of people with HIV are high on the political agenda. At a roundtable event in the European Parliament, Members of European Parliament, the European Commission, European experts, patients and clinicians discuss key findings from a new report, which highlights…

Call to join the AAE Steering Committee

Are you involved in an HIV/AIDS related NGO or community group? Is your organisation a member or partner of AIDS Action Europe? Are you motivated to work towards a more effective response to the HIV, TB and viral hepatitis epidemics in Europe and Central Asia? If so, apply now! We currently have 3 vacancies in our Steering Committee for a 3-year term of 2020 – 2022, starting on 1. Jan 2020…

Alternative ways of ensuring access to drugs and medicines

DNDi or Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative celebrates its 15th birthday this year. This initiative is one of the unique examples of non-for-profit alternative models for research and development (R&D) of a new drugs. This initiative works to ensure that populations that are left behind will have access to live-saving medications. Its story started in 2003 after Medicines Sans Frontiers (…
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Science vs. HIV Criminalisation. AAE Member and Partner Meeting 2019

Criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission – one could think that this is not an issue anymore. The contrary is true: It is a growing phenomenon in our region that has direct and deep impact on human rights. This is why the AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee decided to take the topic up in its 2019 Member and Partner Meeting and combine it with partner notification and…

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