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HIV in Europe Newsletter
 
Issue No. 4  - June 2010

We are happy to announce that the HIV in Europe initiative will have several activities and presentations at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna (18-23 July). Hope to see you there!

Oral presentation
Testing: the Gateway to Treatment, by Jeffrey Lazarus, Copenhagen University and the Global Fund and observer to the Steering Committee, Regional Session on Europe and Central Asia, Thursday, 22 July, 11:00–12:30, Session Room 2

Investigator meeting 
Indicator Diseases Study, Tuesday 20 July, 12:30-13:30. Courtyard by Marriott Wien Messe, Trabrennstrasse 4, Opposite Reed Exhibiton Vienna (entrance hall D)
Registration: dra@cphiv.dk

Poster presentations

1. Overcoming obstacles to late presentation for HIV in Europe, Thursday 22 July, 12:30-14:30, ground level
Presentation of the HiE initiative and project results.

2. Creating partnership for change and empowerment in Turkey - using the PLHIV stigma index as part of our organisational development, Monday 19 JULY, 12:30 – 14:30, Reed Messe Wien
The rollout of the PLHIV Stigma Index in Turkey is being supported by UNAIDS, the EU, and HIV in Europe    

3. Moving from anecdote to evidence, Thursday 22 JULY, 12:30 – 14:30, Reed Messe Wien
People living with HIV using the PLHIV Stigma Index to create a partnership that can properly gather the evidence to document the stigma faced by PLHIV in Poland and generate advocacy and action. The rollout of the PLHIV Stigma Index in Poland is being supported by HIV in Europe.  

Workshop session, PLHIV Stigma Index 
Using the PLHIV Stigma Index across Europe and Central Asia, Wednesday 21 JULY, 11:00-12:30, Mini Room 10, Reed Messe Wien.
This workshop which particularly focuses on the application of the PLHIV Stigma Index in Eastern European and Central Asian countries, is co-authored by Julian Hows, GNP+  Programme Officer. The workshop is presented in Russian by Timur Abdullaev.
Recent HiE Publications
 
1. Late presentation of HIV infection: A consensus definition, European late presenter working group, HIV Medicine 2010,  Published Online: 17 Jun 2010

2. Optimising testing and earlier care, Ton Coenen and Jens Lundgren, European Parliament Magazine, December 2009

3. Working together for optimal testing and earlier care for HIV – the case of the HIV in Europe initiative, Ton Coenen and Jens Lundgren, Health, July 2010, in press

4. Overcoming obstacles to late presentation for HIV in Europe, Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Ralf Jürgens, Matthew Weait, Andrew Phillips, Julian Hows, José Gatell, Ton Coenen, Anders Sönnerborg, Dorthe Raben, Jens D. Lundgren, HIV Medicine, in press.
Website: http://www.hiveurope.eu/

Financial support of the initiative has been provided by Gilead Sciences, Merck, Tibotec, Pfizer, Schering-Plough, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, ViiV Healthcare and the Swedish Research Council.