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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Today we would like to share AAE's latest news on
  • PrEP in Germany will be covered by the health insurance!
  • AIDS Action Europe at the closing conference of EUROPACH
  • AIDS Action Europe welcomes new executive director of UNAIDS
  • Statement on pharmaceutical industry and the non-transparency of pricing
Clearinghouse updates
  • European Prevention Curriculum by ECDMAA
  • Trafficking 101: a community resource for sex workers' rights activists by International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe
With kind regards,
AAE Team

Free access to PrEP in Germany
As of September 1, 2019, people in Germany from the age of 16 with a substantial HIV risk can get PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) for free, covered by the statutory health insurance. This is an exciting development in a country, where only two years ago PrEP was still discussed quite controversially not to mention the possibility that PrEP could be covered by health insurance. It took the tireless efforts of activists, a change of legislation and the evidence that PrEP works that made the change possible.
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AAE welcomes Winnie Byanyima as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS

We acknowledge the important milestone decision of appointing the first woman as the leader of UNAIDS, however, we are also concerned regarding the potential strategic priorities of Ms Byanyima and concerns raised by representatives of key population communities, especially by sex workers.

We will continue to work closely with UNAIDS and will keep continue to bring concerns of the communities from Europe and Central Asia to the global level and keep UNAIDS and its leadership accountable.

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Keeping HIV/AIDS activist engagement accessible
How are politics and life narratives in the fields of HIV/AIDS activism in Europe entangled? – This was not an easy leading question of the EUROPACH Closing Conference “Living Politics: Remembering HIV/AIDS Activism Tomorrow”. AAE, as associated partner of the European research project EUROPACH, participated at its closing conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany on September 12, and 13.
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Statement on pharmaceutical industry and the non-transparency of pricing
Access to and affordability of medication and diagnostics is one of the core thematic areas for AIDS Action Europe. In our work, we focus on capacity building of patient activists on the current systems of research and development, approval of drugs and diagnostics, the nontransparent pricing procedures, and most importantly, providing examples of solutions to bring prices of medicines down, as well as how to enhance access. With this statement, and in line with our activities, we would like to express and explain our concerns with regards to the current trends and developments that influence prices and affordability of prevention, medical treatment and care, which are some of the major barriers to universal access to lifesaving medicines for HIV, viral hepatitis, TB and other related diseases.
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European Prevention Curriculum

A handbook for decision-makers, opinion-makers and policy-makers in science-based prevention of substance use

This handbook has been developed with the primary purpose of providing specific reference material for the European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) training courses. It also serves to provide a more general introduction to prevention science and, in particular, to science-based interventions. The training curriculum has been developed by a European project entitled UPC-Adapt, which was co-funded by the European Commission.

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Trafficking 101: a community resource for sex workers' rights activists

As part of its programme 'Rights not Rescue: Sex Work, Migration, Exploitation and Trafficking', ICRSE is launching a new resource 'Trafficking 101: a community resource for sex workers' rights activists'

The purpose of this community resource is to increase the understanding of sex workers’ rights organisations on human trafficking policies and priorities in Europe and Central Asia. 

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The AIDS Action Europe Clearinghouse is an online platform where NGOs, policy makers, networks and other stakeholders in Europe and Central Asia can share key documents and good practice materials. Check out more materials at hivaidsclearinghouse.eu
The European AIDS Action Network was established in 2004, has continued to develop and has become one of the largest networks working in the field of HIV infection in the region. The network goes far beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia.