European AIDS 2011 conference held in Tallinn

(posted 07/06/2011)

 

UNODC supported organization of European Conference "HIV in European Region - Unity and Diversity" that took place 25 - 27 May 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. The event brought together nearly 500 public health experts from around 45 countries of the European region.

The focus of the conference was on people injecting drugs who are the major risk group in Eastern Europe in terms of HIV infection. Seminars and discussion groups examined prevention and health care measures directed to the particular target group.

Summarizing the conference Pauli Leinikki from the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare in the closing remarks of the event noted that HIV epidemic in European region is high in incidence, it's driving force are injecting drug users, though prevalence among men who have sex with men and in prisons is also high. HIV in Europe is linked with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, social marginalization and poverty. In some countries of the European region political resentment to adopt measures that have proven to be successful remains. The speaker indicated that more political support and national investment is needed in many countries.

 

Presentations of the conference will be made available at: http://www.aids2011.com/en/Conference-Programme/Conference-Programme.

 

Conference photographs are available at: http://www.stopkadr.eu/vika/AIDS_2011_Tallinn_ESTONIA/.

 

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