Webinar Series about HIV for the We Can Community

The EVA Association is holding a webinar series about HIV infection for the We Can group, a community of women based on mutual learning. The first webinar will already be held this Thursday.

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At the gynecologist’s office, you are in charge

On the 21st of December a lecture entitled Without Fear and Rebuke was led by gynecologist Elena Usoltseva. Here we are publishing photos, a video, and a presentation from the event.

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Maxim Malishev on HIV testing and self-testing

Maxim Malishev, specialist at the Andrey Rylkov Foundation, recorded a video for staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations on HIV testing. He shared the experience from street social work, told about the different algorithms for testing and self-testing, compared social work to card games in which different combinations call for different suits.


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Lecture about women’s health and establishing interaction between doctors and patients

Why do healthy women need a gynecologist? When should you ‘get tested’? Which tests are required and which aren’t? Elena Usoltseva PhD and practicing OB-GYN shares.


On the 21st of December, EVA’s birthday, a lecture by trustworthy gynecologist Elena Usoltseva was held about women’s health and establishing interaction between doctors and patients.


Following the lecture participants could view a photo exhibition entitled Discordant Couples by Irina Minina.


In lieu of charging admission for attending the lecture, we suggest making a donation of any size to EVA. The money that is raised will be spent on the work of peer counselors.


By the way, if you were unable to come to attend the lecture, you can still wish EVA a happy birthday with a donation.  

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Can condoms be purchased with state money and other questions from the IV Russian forum for specialists on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment

In preparation for World AIDS Day, the IV Russian Forum for specialists on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment was held on the 26-27th of November in Moscow. HIV activist and EVA Association member Elena Ivanova took part in the event and told us how it was.



When I go to the AIDS Center, I wear a hood so that no one sees or recognizes me


Yesterday was Mother’s Day and we sent out best wishes to everyone. Today we will tell you about what it means to be a mother with HIV. Here are two stories of women living with HIV from Kazan.

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Elena Ivanova and the deputy Minister of Education discussed the issue of the right of people living with HIV to adopt or take guardianship of children

Back in August, when the legislative initiative by the Ministry of Education aimed at tightening the demands for adoption and guardianship was first being talked about, Elena Ivanova, EVA Association member and Peer-to-Peer Project Coordinator sent a request to the Ministry to ask for a meeting in person: Elena is worried about the issue of the rights of people living with HIV to adopt or have guardianship of a child.   

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Questions for friends of people living with HIV

Imagine that one of your friends tells you, “I have HIV.” What would you say in such a case? How would you react? How can you support or help them? Is it important to think about your own safety?
In preparation for World AIDS Day we released a video where friends of people living with HIV answered these questions and others. Real friends.  



Plus Life: An Interview with an Author of a Novel about Life with HIV


Kristina Gepting is a young writer from Novgorod who is the author of a novel about a teenager living with HIV entitled Plus Life. Last year she received the Litsei literature award for young authors and poets in the prose category for this book. The book struck the interest of the Eskmo publishing house and already in early December Plus Life can be found in Moscow book stores. Part of the the income that Kristina receives for this piece of work will be donated to the EVA Association. She has already donated to our organization previously, “Since I already wrote about someone living with HIV, I have attracted additional attention to the topic and first and foremost I should act myself.” We spoke to Kristina about her work of fiction, about the main character, stigma, and roles that literature play in shaping social opinion.

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Knowledge Exchange – Georgia

On the 7th and 8th of November in Georgia (Tbilisi) a two-day training was held for specialists from EVA who will be taking part in a new project for HIV prevention among people who use injection drugs.


The project will be conducted in three regions: Orenburg, Tumen, and Leningrad oblasts. The teams from these regions met to discuss the details of the upcoming project and to become familiar with the work of Georgian colleagues.


The first day was field visits: the training participants visited three organizations in Tbilisi which work on the prevention of HIV among people who use injection drugs:


Georgian Harm Reduction Network




The Georgian Harm Reduction Network is a representative of the Global Fund in Georgia. GHRN was established back in 2006. The activity of the organization is connected to harm reduction, HIV prevention, defense of human rights and related issues across Georgia. In the words of one of the network’s representatives, it was challenging to develop relationships with the state structures and to find funding. Yet somehow the network works, and now they have 8 mobile units in Georgia.


AKESO – harm reduction in practice




This organization also has mobile units and the staff also conducts outreach on foot and visits nightclubs on the weekends where testing is done. The training participants were able to visit one of the mobile units. “It is apparent that people know about this unit and rather frequently come to the bus,” remarked Anna Sitnikova, a peer counselor from Saint Petersburg. “In Georgia there are no people living openly with HIV because there is so much stigma in the country. During the entire time that they spent at the mobile unit, not one woman came to the bus. The head of the center told us that several times a week their female clients come to a mutual support group where they sew and draw.”


New Vetor is a Georgian network of people who use drugs


New Vector’s building is a large medical center where one can have a consultation with a doctor or have procedures or tests done. “I was very impressed with the office of this organization, a private building with several floors next to a nursery school. They have everything. One can be tested for HIV, TB, hepatitis B and C and even syphilis,” Yaroslava Medvedeva, a peer counselor from Leningrad region shared. There is currently a great prevalence of hepatitis in Georgia and at New Vector people can be tested for hepatitis and motivated to start treatment (hepatitis treatment is free of charge here), and simultaneously they are offered to be tested for HIV.


The second day of the training was a work meeting dedicated to the project. The team’s participants from the various regions got to know one another, discussed the strategy, issues, tasks, and the particularities of working in the Leningrad, Orenburg, and Tumen oblasts and agreed upon indicators.  




Remembrance Day is Close; it’s About Those Close to Us


The third Sunday of May is World Remembrance Day of AIDS Victims. On this day HIV testing takes place around the world and people talk about the epidemic, prevention, and organize events directed towards reducing discrimination of people living with HIV, remember those who have passed and remind those alive that HIV can affect everyone.

Members of the EVA Association shared what this day means to them and remembered those who are no longer with us and tried to take a look into the future. Today we are publishing their short monologues.



Conference on Issues of HIV and AIDS in EECA – Postscript

On the 20th of April the 6th International Conference on HIV and AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECAAC) 2018 came to an end. In mass media and social networks there were myriad of views about the event. EVA also decided to share about our participation in the conference and express our impressions of the event.