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Survey on HPV and related cancers: prevention, testing and screening among PLHIV and key populations

In line with our strategic framework and focusing on the core thematic areas of affordability, accessibility, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), we would like to launch a Survey on human papillomavirus (HPV) and related cancers: prevention, testing and screening among PLHIV and key populations (The survey is currently available in English). Your responses will help us to develop an overview of the current state of HPV/cancer prevention and screening among PLHIV and key populations, as well as the awareness around these issues. Furthermore, your input will help shape the content of the upcoming AAE webinar on HPV and related cancers, ensuring that it addresses topics relevant to your interests. We greatly appreciate your time and input!

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Welcome our new Steering Committee Member - Richard Stranz

AIDS Action Europe would like to welcome and introduce to you our new AAE Steering Committee Member: Richard Stranz. We talked with Richard about his background and his expactations as a member as AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee. AAE:.Richard, you have been working in the field of HIV for more than two decades now. Please tell us about your background and experiences both at national and…
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Are we really committed to ending AIDS?

“There seems to be an agreement and consensus on targets in order to fast track the end of AIDS. But do we do really everything to get there?” With a strong and dedicated speech Sini Pasanen, co-Chair of the EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum for AIDS Action Europe, addressed the audience of the EU-Presidency technical meeting in Malta. Do we have needles and syringes in prisons? Are we offering…
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Russian HIV Service and LGBT Organisations fight jointly against HIV and AIDS

In Russia, officially, around 750,000 people have been diagnosed with HIV. The actual number is likely to be higher. In some regions the country seems to be in the transition to a "general epidemic", which means that more than one per cent of the population is living with HIV. In the 1990s, the virus spread mainly among drug users. Also, today the official numbers show that more than half of the…

Setting the standards for sexual health support for MSM - Community Health Work in Cyprus

This interview was produced in the framework of the first ever Europe-wide online survey aimed at community health workers who provide sexual health support including counselling, testing, and psychosocial care for gay, bisexual and other MSM. European Community Health Workers Online Survey (ECHOES) is available online NOW in 16 languages and will remain open until 31st January 2017. To take part…
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Setting the standards for sexual health support for MSM - Community Health Work in Italy

This interview was produced in the framework of the first ever Europe-wide online survey aimed at community health workers who provide sexual health support including counselling, testing, and psychosocial care for gay, bisexual and other MSM. European Community Health Workers Online Survey (ECHOES) is available online NOW in 16 languages and will remain open until 31st January 2017. To take part…
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WP4 HIV/HCV Testing Workshop in Hungary

As part of HA-REACT work package 4 a 3-day training on HIV and HCV testing for 12 NGO representatives working with people who use drugs (PWID) in Hungary took place on the 13-15th December 2016 .This training was in partnership with the National Center for Epidemiology of Hungary. The training participants learned about rapid test provision, core skills of pre- and post-counselling, and community…
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First AIDS Action Europe Member and Partner meeting - East meets West in Berlin

What are the needs of civil society organisations in the response to the HIV epidemic and what role should AAE take in order to support its members in terms of advocacy and communication. These were the questions discussed during the first AAE Member Meeting that took place on November 5, at the AIDS Action Europe offices in Berlin. The bilingual meeting - English and Russian simultaneours…
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HA-REACT Partnership Forum

The 2nd Partnership Forum for the Joint Action HA-REACT was held on 2-3 November 2016 in Riga, Latvia. 52 associated and collaborating partners attended from over 17 countries for two and a  half days of presentations. The coordinating team opened the meeting Wednesday morning with an overview of the project status and the reporting situation. Subsequently, steering committee members presented…
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Communities and Academia: CBVCT as a way to good partnership

26 October, during the HIV Glasgow conference 2016 AIDS Action Europe organised a Symposium on „Communities, Clinics and Academia: Cooperation in Community Based Voluntary Counselling and Testing: good practices and obstacles“. Community based organisations and their services have access to key populations. Academic and research institutions have the capacity to collect and analyse data that can…

Lella Cosmaro talked to us about her six years of experience as a Steering Committee member

Lella Cosmaro is working in the AAE member organisation LILA – Milano. For four years she was the co-chair of the Civil Society Forum and since 2011 she has been the member of AAE Steering Committee. This year is the last one for her in this position. In the interview we asked Lella about her experiences as a SC member and why it is worth to join the AAE SC team. AAE: Lella, you have been the…
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Dagmar Hedrich on experiences of France with consumption rooms (video)

See interview of advisor of HA-REACT Dagmar Hedrich, EMCDDA, about experiences of France with consumption rooms – one of the harm reduction measures that help to save lives, reduce HIV and HCV transmission and provide a referral point for those seeking treatment  
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The Centre for Epidemiological Studies on HIV and STIs of Catalonia (CEEISCAT) is looking for a consultant to coordinate the COBATEST network.

The  Centre  for  Epidemiological  Studies  on  HIV  and  STIs  of  Catalonia  (CEEISCAT) (www.ceeiscat.org), part of the Catalan Agency for Public Health, is looking for a consultant to coordinate the COBATEST network. The network is formed by 46 CBVCTs (community-based voluntary counselling and testing services) of 20 European countries (Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, France,…
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AIDS Action Europe trainings on affordability of medications.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!!! APPLY TILL OCTOBER 31ST!!! There are a few free seats for our trainings in Riga, Latvia (November 24-25) and in Belgrade, Serbia (December 10-11) AIDS Action Europe is happy to launch its three regional trainings on affordability of medications. The aim of the trainings is to build capacities of civil society organizations for the advocacy on universal access to treatment…
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Apply to become an AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee Member now!

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 epidemic in Europe and Central Asia? To find out more about position and criteria please click here. If you are interested and meet the criteria, please apply! Your application should consist of a…
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After the Russian Parliament Elections: what to expect?

After the recent elections to the State Duma in Russia last Sunday, it became clear that the legislative strategy of the Russian Parliament regarding civil society is unlikely to change and civil society in Russia will continue to face obstacles. In recent months we have seen the further worsening of the situation in the Russian Federation related to the application of the so called “foreign…
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EU funded project on MSM launched

On 5-6th of September 2016 the kick off meeting for a new EU funded project on men who have sex with men (MSM) took place in Luxembourg. Based on the EMIS survey in 2010, a new EMIS survey addressing MSM will be part of the project. On top of that community health workers are at focus. A survey will  focus on knowledge and attitudes of community health workers who work with MSM and a training…
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European Commission approves PrEP

Yesterday, 22 August, 2016, the European Commission announced the admission of Truvada as PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV) in all 28 EU member states. Experts believe that it will be available on the pharmaceutical market within the next 6 months. Already now PrEP plays an important role, along with other measures, in HIV prevention. At the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban,…
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Online application for community based research training - Aids Foundation East-West

Our partner organization AFEW (International) is organising a community-based research programme. The programme consists of several trainings and a small grants fund for community-based research projects. The programme is meant for communities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) and is aimed to result in the submission of abstracts for the International AIDS Conference 2018, which will be…
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World Hepatitis Day 2016 - many obstacles on the way to elimination of viral hepatitis

Since 2010 the World Hepatitis Day is held on July 28. On this day the world focuses on raising awareness about viral hepatitis. According to World Health Organization there are an estimated 400 million people infected with viral hepatitis B and C and around 1.45 million die annually from their consequences. Until recently, there was no global strategy on viral hepatitis, but in May 2016 the…
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HIV-service organizations subject to the “foreign agent” act in Russia

More and more non-governmental organizations in Russia are included to the list of „foreign agents”, including HIV-service organizations. Some of our member organizations are also affected; Harm Reduction Network ESVERO in Moscow was recently registered as a “foreign agent”. As stated on the website of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, the decision was made during the…
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Ending AIDS – not without the Eastern European and Central Asian countries

The 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) took place from 18 till 22 July, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. This year’s slogan was Access Equity Rights Now. Our colleague, Michael Krone, was attending the conference. Please see below his article focusing on the situation in the EECA region. “I am hearing only bad news on Radio Africa” is a song from the 80s that I, currently attending the…

AAE activities in 2016: What we have done and what is planned

Today we would like to share with you our latest news on the activities of AIDS Action Europe in the first half of the year and also our plans and upcoming activities for the second half of the year. Meeting of the Steering Committee In April, the Steering Committee of AAE met in Belgrade, Serbia. It was a productive meeting with discussions on profiling of AAE and our planning till AIDS 2018.…
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Branded as foreign agent organisation in Russia

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation in Russia was just listed as an organisation carrying out the functions of a Foreign Agent. "Our organization works on issues related to public health: prevention of HIV, Tuberculosis, hepatitis C and drug overdoses. We also provide social support to people who suffer from drug dependence, helping them to stay healthy, referring them to medical and social services…
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SRHR and Funding – “The Elephants in the Room”

AIDS Action Europe holds a seat on the NGO Delegation unaidspcbngo.org  to the UNAIDS PCB for the period of 2016-2017. Our colleague, Ferenc Bagyinszky, is the alternate delegate for Europe. The UNAIDS PCB has held its biannual meeting recently. Please find below a report from the perspective of our delegate. The 38th PCB meeting of the UNAIDS was held on June 28-30. UNAIDS was the first ever UN…

AAE hosted the presentation of the “aMASE - advancing Migrants Access to health Services in Europe” study results

On June 22nd, 2016, AAE hosted the presentation of the “aMASE - advancing Migrants Access to health Services in Europe” study results, presented by Matthias Wienold (Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e.V., Hannover). aMASE is a study funded by the European Commission and part of EuroCoord (Enhancing clinical and epidemiological HIV research in Europe through cohort collaboration). One work package of…
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High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS – A half-hearted declaration does not acknowledge the leading role of communities and NGOs

EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum The United Nations intend to expand their engagement in order to end AIDS by 2030. That was the consensus of the declaration the member states adopted in the opening of the UN High Level Meeting in New York on ending AIDS. Before, there had been a political controversy because some countries, among them Russia, refused to support certain statements regarding…
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HA-REACT stakeholders’ involvement settled

The coordinators of the Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT) work packages (WP) have completed the next steps of the project deliverables. Meetings took place with relevant stakeholders in Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Each team also held a logical framework approach (LFA) workshop. The logframe approach is a project management…
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Sustainability of programmes and recurring stock-outs concern the Serbian civil society

AIDS Action Europe met Serbian stakeholders during its meeting in Belgrade. More than 40 representatives of 20 Serbian NGOs working in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention have participated in the Stakeholder meeting on 12th of April 2016. Among them - representatives of NGOs work with women living with HIV, vulnerable groups like LGBT, sex workers, Roma youth, drug users and organisations working…
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“Linking and Learning" – AAE seminar at the EECAAC 2016

AIDS Action Europe (AAE) is participating in the 5th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference in Moscow (EECAAC), on March 23-25, 2016. The decision of AAE’s participation was taken unanimously by the AAE Steering Committee. Anke van Dam, chair of the Steering Committee explains the decision: “With our attendance we want to express our support for the communities and its members in the…
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Sustainability and Long-Term Funding in the HA-REACT Joint Action

On 14-15 March 2016, the WP8 lead partner CHIP (REGIONH), Denmark, and the coordinator of HA-REACT, THL, met their work package partners from Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovenia in Riga, Latvia. Guided by a logical framework approach (LFA), the meeting set the WP8 workplan for the coming years. The two main deliverables discussed were: an action-oriented…

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