Welcome to the August 2018
Sexual Health & HIV Policy EUROBulletin .
eFeature in this edition is an interview with
Marta Szostak . Marta is the co-ordinator of Astra, the
Central and Eastern European Women's Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights . We spoke to Marta about the current situation for women and women’s rights organisations in the region.
The eastern Europe and central Asia region was also highlighted last month by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the only region in the world in which HIV infections are still on the rise. WHO is calling for
urgent action to scale up the HIV response in this region. Research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes this month showed the disparity between regions. The
European region overall is close to achieving the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAIDS, but the research found significant problems at each stage of the care continuum in eastern Europe.
22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) was held in Amsterdam last month, and among many interesting research presentations, the
PARTNER 2 study stood out. The researchers recruited gay couples for this study of HIV transmission risk and confirmed that the chance of any HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is scientifically equivalent to zero. The message
Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) became the unofficial theme of the conference.
Other items to look out for in this edition include: the
European Court of Justice ruling on Truvada ; and new WHO guidance for people involved in
sexual and reproductive health research with adolescents .
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