This year Estonian Network of PLHIV celebrates World AIDS Day for the 14th time.
On that day, we remember everyone who died of AIDS and gather all those who need our support. Unfortunately, today we still cannot say that AIDS is defeated.
In his message to World AIDS Day, Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director and United Nations Under-Secretary-General, talks about the role of communities in their daily struggle:
“I believe in communities.
Communities make change happen.
Communities are the best hope for ending AIDS because communities have fought against HIV right from the beginning!
During September 25-26, the EHPV team attended the conference: HIV and Your Body in Amsterdam. Doctors, nurses, NGO representatives, activists and many others shared their countries’ experience. There were 330 participants from near and far abroad.
Despite the economic and social differences between the countries, the experience of the participants showed that there are common problems. Participants noted that the efforts of physicians to solve all problems related to physical health are not enough. Besides everything, patients require social and legal support, which they are deprived of in most cases.
The problems of lonely elderly people were raised, and even in their relatively good physical condition; issues of migrants, and their legal and social aspects; problems of teenagers etc. Despite all good physical well-being, all these people were united by their incapacity of mental state, which in many cases led to sad consequences. Mental health of the patient was one of the main topics of discussion, and the represented practical experience showed us how work better with the patient.
The conference was held under the Going to full 360 logo and represented information and practical skills showed us that we are moving towards this goal and until we reach it, we will not stop !!
Эстонская сеть ЛЖВ (EHPV) предлагает онлайн-консультации для геев, бисексуальных мужчин, и других мужчин, имеющих секс с мужчинами (МСМ), трансгендерных людей (ТГ), ЛЖВ и их партнеров, чтобы повысить осведомленность о ВИЧ, гепатите C и других венерических заболеваниях, а также о методах их лечения.
It was focused on the impact of migration of LGBT community members from Eastern Europe on the HIV epidemic in the Baltic States. The discussion cover the recent dynamics in HIV and STI epidemics among LGBT community in the Baltic States and in EECA as well as the impact of homophobic legislation on the migration trends amongst gay, other MSM and trans people in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and the neighboring countries.
This year, a total of 70 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in Estonia, it appears from Health Board data.
For the first time in Estonia, in Jõhvi, a unique and, so far, the only Estonian Community Center, created by the Estonian Consortium of Communities Affected by HIV (the Estonian Network of People Living with HIV (EHPV), the Association of the Russian-speaking LGBT People of Estonia (VEK LGBT), and the Estonian Association of People Using Psychotropic Substances LUNEST) in the framework of projects supported by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) is being opened.
The Center will be officially opened on an Open Doors Day, which will be held in early May.
The main goal of the Community Center is to provide necessary services to representatives of PLWH (people living with HIV), PUD (people who use drugs) and the LGBT communities by the representatives of these communities themselves.
The Center will also be managed by community representatives.
The Estonian Consortium of Communities Affected by HIV hopes that the emergence of such a Center will actually improve the lives of specific people and the overall situation in a society where the level of stigma and discrimination towards PLWH, PUD and the LGBT people remains at a high level.
The activities of the Community Center are based on the fundamental principles of equality and freedom, where the main vectors of activities are the protection of the rights of community representatives, advocacy of their interests and needs, and development of services by community forces with an emphasis on prevention, treatment and support.