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Training “Fundamentals and Methods of HIV Prevention”

From September 11-13, 2020 a field training was held in Zelenogorsk on “Fundamentals and Methods of HIV Prevention” for staff from nonprofit organizations and peer counselors who work at nonprofit organizations that provide preventive measures for the population and key target groups.

The event was co-organized by the Center for Prevention and Control of AIDS and Infections Diseases, the organization “Assistance” («Содействие») and E.V.A. Association. The participants were 38 specialists from nonprofit and state organizations and activists, including employees from the Diakoniya charitable foundation, the Humanitarian Action foundation, the Teenergizer youth movement, the St. Petersburg AIDS Center foundation, the Patient Control movement, the Astarta foundation, public organization Positive Dialogue, E.V.A. Association, the St. Petersburg City Narcotics Hospital and the St. Petersburg AIDS Center. The training’s goals were exchanging experience, developing counseling skills and preventing professional burnout. Peer counselors are specialists who provide emotional support and informational and sociolegal assistance to HIV-positive people. Due to their individual approach and emotional involvement, peer counselors can have a significant impact on the client’s condition and their motivation towards treatment. It is extremely important to build peer counselors’ capacity and provide them with up-to-date information about legal issues and issues of HIV prevention and treatment. Participants and the trainer, Nikolai Ekimovy, a psychologist and head of the charitable public organization “Assistance,” discussed the challenges that can arise while counseling clients and the obstacles a client overcomes on the way to peer counseling, and shared their personal experiences. In addition to interactive discussion and games, reports were prepared for participants by specialists from the St. Petersburg AIDS Center and E.V.A. Association. Upon completion of the training participants received certificates. Veronika Gennadievna Petrova, an epidemiologist at the St. Petersburg AIDS Center, gave a presentation on “Epidemiology and HIV Prevention in St. Petersburg.” Nikita Eduardovich Monakhov, an infectious diseases doctor at the St. Petersburg AIDS Center, spoke about the basics of the clinical course and therapy for HIV. E.V.A. Association project coordinator Natalia Aleksandrovna Sukhova presented a report on comprehensive support for pregnant and postpartum women with small children based on examples from E.V.A.’s projects. Anna Alekseevna Kryukova, a lawyer at the St. Petersburg AIDS Center, spoke about the medical-legal challenges for people living with HIV and how they can be resolved. “The training had a working atmosphere and thanks to the facilitator Nikolai Ekimov, a psychologist, as a participant it was surprisingly interesting to refer to my own feelings and emotions from time to time, and I reacted to some things in a new way,” said Natalia Sukhova. “The two jam-packed days turned out to be very diverse and full of useful information and new contacts.”

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