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“Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself”

In Kazan on May 15, 2016, the international Day of Remembrance for individuals who died of AIDS, the Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself will begin.…
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In Kazan on May 15, 2016, the international Day of Remembrance for individuals who died of AIDS, the Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself will begin. Members of NP ‘E.V.A.’ are planning to take part.
 
In Kazan, the sports capital of Russia, on the 15th of May 2016, the International Day of Remembrance for individuals who died of AIDS, one of the largest athletic events in the Russian Federation will take place – “Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself.”
 
As proven by the below-listed reasons, this will be an unusual marathon.
 
In the Russian Federation the number of new cases of HIV-infection continues to grow and there is a tendency of the virus shifting from the traditionally vulnerable groups into the general population. More than 70% of new cases of HIV-infection occur among socially active people of the country between the ages of 20 – 40, while at the same time 40 % of the population believe that “HIV is not a threat to them.”
 
Simultaneously, running is becoming a form of self-expression among young, socially active Russians and running in large groups is gaining popularity.
 
Consequently, it is important to unite the powers of different groups of society to prevent the spread of HIV-infection. The “Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself” event builds public interest in sports and its agenda includes an issue that is of extreme importance to Russians: the spread of HIV-infection.
 
The goals of the marathon:
 
To mainstream the idea that it is necessary to be tested for HIV-infection regularly.
 
To eradicate the myths that HIV-infection is a narrow issue that only affects certain groups of people who are vulnerable to HIV-infection.
 
To reduce stigma and discrimination in relationship to HIV-positive people and inform people that treatment of HIV-infection allows for active and full lives.
 
This event, taking off at the Kazan arena with a team of 100 HIV-positive runners from a variety of countries with open statuses, is unprecedented for Russia. Thanks to their participation it will become evident that not only it is possible to live with HIV, but it’s possible to cover a distance of 42 kilometers on foot.
 
We would like to invite everyone who is interested to take part in this new type of social event that is connected to HIV/AIDS, and to register for the “Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself”.
 
Additionally, the people in charge of the event are supporting 100 people with HIV’s participation in the event, including their accommodations, food, travel, and visa expenses (if necessary). The selection of runners with open statuses began December 3rd, 2015 and will end on March 30th, 2016.
 
A few other factors about the “Kazan Marathon 2016: Test Yourself”:
 
10,000 participants.
 
Distances: 3, 10, 21, and 42 kilometers.
 
As part of the Kazan Marathon 2016, the Russian champion marathon runner will be determined. Professional athletes welcomed the idea to combine the athletic and social goals of the event.
 
Well-known athletes, artists, and public figures have expressed their support for the marathon.
 
On May 15th, 2016 shoulder to shoulder the best athletes of Russia and Europe, people living with HIV, famous athletes, public figures, and politicians will take off in the Kazan Marathon. The marathon will be the start of the testing camping “Test yourself”.
 
The event is being organized by:
 
The Organizational Committee of the Conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECAAC`2016).
 
The Ministry of Youth and Sport in the Republic of Tatarstan.
 
Ministry of Health in the Republic of Tatarstan.
 
Autonomous Non-Profit Organization the ‘Center of Excellence in the Sphere of Public Health” and the ‘AIDS Infosvyaz’ fund (Moscow).
 
‘New Century’ (Kazan).
 
Additional questions can be sent to the head of the Social Initiatives program, Anastasia Kunetz: anastasia@h-center.org.
 

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