November 30, 2016 in Bishkek, in the press room of the Center for Health Development, in the framework of events dedicated to the World AIDS Day, an event was held to consolidate efforts aimed at countering HIV in the country.
The goal of the event is to create a tolerant attitude to PLHIV and high-risk groups, through open dialogue with the involvement of the media, on the activities being implemented, on their importance and effectiveness, on the implementation of UNFPA’s 90-90-90 goals in the country, and on consolidating the efforts of the state, civil sector, UNAIDS , UNDP, PEPFAR, USAID, CDC, WHO in achieving the goals set 90-90-90.
Representatives of civil society, the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republican AIDS Center, state and international organizations were able to share their experience in the promotion of prevention programs. A mobile photo exhibition of the projects was presented, participants and guests of the event were able to undergo rapid HIV testing, as well as a social video, a “live book” with the stories of HIV-positive people.
Head of the “Association of the country network of PLWH” Evgenia Kalinichenko: “People living with HIV in the Kyrgyz Republic are focusing their efforts on reducing the prevalence of HIV infection. We all need to remember that even with the availability of services – these are tests, antiretroviral therapy, etc., a great deal of work is needed to eradicate stigma and discrimination, which creates a barrier to testing and treating HIV infection. ”
“In connection with the continued increase in the number of new HIV infections in the region, it is important to know your status and be responsible for your health and partner’s health. We encourage everyone to get actively involved in prevention programs and get tested for HIV free of charge and anonymously at AIDS centers, as well as in any other healthcare organizations, “says Ulan Kadyrbekov, director of the AIDS Center.