www.aidsactioneurope.org hivaidsclearinghouse.eu No 5, June 2013 Russia flag
In this edition:
 News from AIDS Action Europe
 Joint Action on Improving Quality on HIV Prevention succesfully kicked-off
On June 5-6, 2013 the kick-off of the Joint Action on Improving Quality in HIV Prevention took place in Berlin. AIDS Action Europe is an associated partner in this initiative. AIDS Action Europe’s Executive Coordinator Martine de Schutter attended the meeting. “The main expectation and motivation of participants is that the quality improvement and assurance tools that ... >>
Right to Health High Level Meeting - a Political Momentum in Quotes
 Right to Health, Right to Life
 “AIDS does not discriminate. Neither should we in our response” – Michael Cashmen, MEP
Despite overall significant progress in our region, in both the EU and neighbouring countries the number of people living with HIV continues to grow, and the last region is among the few in the world where new infections are on the rise. In particular marginalised and ... >> 
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"Civil Society Involved in Development New Framework on HIV" - 17th CSF meeting
The 17th HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum meeting (CSF) took place on May 27, 2013. For the occasion it was a one-day meeting preceding and therefore focused on preparing two important events: - A meeting with Commissioner Tonio Borg and his Cabinet. As a consequence of the recent call to action addressed to President Barroso, President Van Rompuy and ... >>
 Member in the Spotlight:     Positive Voice
Positive Voice is the association of people living with HIV/AIDS in Greece. We have been established in 2009 and aim to empower the people living with HIV, advocate with stakeholders, state and institutions, prevent HIV among vulnerable groups, widely combat stigma and discrimination and develop research for evidence based approaches.
All our activities came together when in April 2012 a group of female drug users were persecuted by the Greek police, based on a law issued by the former Minister of Health. They were arrested, imprisoned and mandatory tested for HIV. Personal data -including photographs- were published by the Greek Police and reproduced in the media.
From the very beginning Positive Voice, together with health associations and institutions, urged UNAIDS, Human Rights Watch and the European Commissioner for Health to take action. We have widely drawn attention for this human rights violation in Greek mass media, we discussed the negative effects of criminalization of HIV, we brought the matter to Parliament, we provided care to the prisoners and their families and we have supported a lawsuit.
All those actions finally brought the current Deputy Health Minister to ban the law on May 2013 acknowledging it publicly as a bad practice in terms of political leadership.
Positive Voice Ath checkpoint flyerAnother achievement we are proud of is Ath Checkpoint, a free HIV testing and counseling center in Athens established on November 1st 2012.  Already 1000 people have been tested during the first semester of this year!
Marianella Kloka
Communications officer
Positive Voice
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AIDS Action Europe currently unites more than 400 NGOs in 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia. We hope that member NGOs presenting themselves will inspire other NGOs throughout the region and that it will encourage further linking and learning between our members. Together we can work towards a better response to the HIV epidemic!

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