European Gay Health Seminar: East-West exchanges on HIV prevention, support and related issues

Published: June 29, 2008

European Gay Health Seminar: East-West exchanges on HIV prevention, support and related issues

European Gay Health Seminar: East-West exchanges on HIV prevention, support and related issues.

INTRODUCTIONS:
a few words about France and a few words from the co-organizers

Presentation of the members of the seminar preparation team: Andrey, Arnaud, David, Dimitry, Michal, Miran, Richard, Sandra, Vincent…

Practical Info by Sandra ESSID, Programme Manager Europe and nearby countries, AIDES (France).

AIDS Action Europe & the Clearinghouse by Martine DE SCHUTTER, Coordinator Western Office, AIDS Action Europe.

Helping our translators:  what words will we need and how do you say "condoms and water-based lubricant" in Russian and in French? by Olivier JABLONSKI, President, WARNING NGO (France).

Welcome words by Vincent PELLETIER, General Director, AIDES (France).

Welcome speech by Jean-Luc ROMERO.
Jean-Luc ROMERO is an elected member of the Council of the Parisian Region and the president of the French NGO ELCS (Elected Officials against AIDS – www.elcs.fr ).

Welcome speech by Pierre SCHAPIRA, Deputy Mayor in charge of International Affairs, City of Paris (France).
                                                                        10′ – Presentation of the AGENDA and our objectives by Arnaud WASSON-SIMON, Coordinator – Europe and nearby countries, AIDES (France).

WHAT IS THE SITUATION NOW? Followed by Q & A

Epidemiological context: MSM and HIV in Europe by Giedrius Likatavicius, Medical Epidemiologist, EuroHIV, the European Centre for the Epidemiological Monitoring of HIV/AIDS.

The consensus of NGOs in Western Europe -Outcomes of the European Expert Meeting: "Addressing the Rises in HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Rates among MSM in Western Europe" by Wim ZUILHOF, Senior Officer, Schorer (Netherlands). (This report in English is downloadable here: http://www.schorer.nl/bestanden/Report_EEM.pdf )

An Eastern European NGO perspective: the situation of MSM in Russia by Andrey BELOGLAZOV, LaSky Program Director, PSI/Russia (Russia).

SO, HOW DO WE IMPROVE THE SITUATION? Followed by Q & A
A little bit of theory… illustrated by examples!

The Popular Opinion Leader model:  Influencing social norms to increase consistent condoms use and HIV/STI testing (example: interventions in Gay clubs in Bucharest) by Tudor KOVACS, MSM Program Manager and Trainer, PSI/Romania (Romania).

Community-based approaches:  individuals and community play a central role in improving and preserving health (example:  the AIDES national convention for Gay Men living with HIV)  by Richard STRANZ, Training Coordinator, AIDES (France).

SURVEYING BEHAVIORS Followed by Q & A

A mostly internet-based behavioral survey among MSM in the Czech republic by Ivo PROCHAZKA, President, Czech AIDS Help Society (Czech Republic).

Behavioral surveillance in Serbia by Daniel MESCOVIC, President, Safe Pulse of Youth (Serbia).

REACHING MSM VIA THE INTERNET! Followed by Q & A

GAY CRUISE – Reaching MSM who meet sexual partners through Internet chat sites by Pjer VRIENS, Intervention Developer, Municipal Public Health Service Rotterdam-Rijnmond (Netherlands).

HIV prevention and health support in chat rooms: the example of Gayromeo by Miran SOLINC, Project Leader, ŠKUC-MAGNUS (Slovenia).

Involving MSM living with HIV at all levels Followed by Q & A

Enhancing the quality of life of HIV positive MSM in Ukraine by Petro Polyantsev, Coordinator of the MSM Programs, All Ukrainian Network of People living with HIV (Ukraine).

Reaching Mobilizing HIV positive MSM in Poland by Michal MINALTO, Member of SIEC PLUS and the Campaign Against Homophobia (Poland).

Note: the seminar included also three parallel workshops about (1) perspectives for joint advocacy (2) the situation in the new EU Member States and (3) the situation in Russia and Ukraine.

 

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