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NP E.V.A. director spoke at the All-Russian conference on HIV-infection

On March 11 – 13, 2015 the all-Russian conference “Epidemiological Surveillance of HIV Infection” was held in Suzdal, where the issues of preventing transmission of…

On March 11 – 13, 2015 the all-Russian conference “Epidemiological Surveillance of HIV Infection” was held in Suzdal, where the issues of preventing transmission of HIV and viral Hepatitis B and C with medical help were discussed.
More than 400 specialists took part in the conference, coming from the centers for the prevention of and fight against AIDS and infectious diseases, Public Health organs of the Russian Federation, and Rospotrebnadzor. On the 12th of March, the director of Rospotrebnadzor and head state sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation, Anna Popova, presented a report which noted that in 2014-2015 the AIDS centers must focus a lot of attention on informative work and education in the field of HIV.
“E.V.A.’s” Executive Director, Julia Godunova, also participated in the conference. In her words, the majority of presentations contained proposals and recommendations and therefore over the course of the three days discussions were sparked repeatedly. Many reports noted that there is insufficient coverage of programs for HIV testing in the population as a whole as well as among vulnerable groups. Unfortunately, many questions remained unanswered; for example, about how to keep records of women who have experience as sex workers and if they are covered in programs for testing and treatment.
The head doctor at the state hospital for infectious diseases in the Republic of Buratia proposed introducing additional categories such as: “individual with disorderly or unplanned sexual contact”, which brought up more questions than answers, since this definition does not expose the particularities of risky behaviour. V.V. Pokrovsky remarked that the Federal AIDS Center readily considers new reasonable proposals for the introduction of new categories.
Julia Godunova presented on the preliminary results from surveys on the topic: “Risk behaviour and dispersal of HIV infection among women who took park in rapid testing for antibodies to HIV in 2013-2014″. Among other findings, the report noted that higher rates of HIV infection were characteristic to women from groups with a combination of risk factors.
So the detection of antibodies to HIV in groups of women who have drug-use experience and sex work history was 48.7%. Access to more vulnerable groups was available thanks to programs for rapid testing, which demonstrated their effectiveness in detecting cases of HIV infection.
More details about the report can be found here (in Russian).  The presentation was prepared by “AHF Russia”, “Humanitarian Action” charity, “Northwest District Center on the Prevention of and Fight Against AIDS” and NP “E.V.A”.

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