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HIV in Europe

Working Together for Optimal Testing and Earlier Care Copenhagen 2012 Conference

Press and Media coverage

HIV in Europe Copenhagen 2012 Conference 19 - 20 March 2012 University of Copenhagen

www.hivineurope.eu


Content HIV in Europe press releases................................................................................................................ 4 Press coverage..................................................................................................................................... 5 Press coverage of the HIV in Europe Copenhagen 2012 Conference.............................................. 5 International online newspapers................................................................................................ 5 Danish online newspapers.......................................................................................................... 5 Other Danish online news services............................................................................................. 7. News on Danish TV and radio......................................................................................................... 7 Press coverage of Indicator Disease Guidelines.............................................................................. 8 International news services......................................................................................................... 8 Danish online newspapers........................................................................................................ 10

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HIV in Europe press releases Press release ”New Indicator Diseases reveal hidden HIV”, released 1 March 2012.

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New Indicator Diseases reveal hidden HIV Today, both heterosexuals and homosexuals are at particular risk of carrying HIV for so long that they remain undiagnosed until their immune system starts to fail and they become ill. An international study, under the leadership of the HIV in Europe initiative, has now revealed that a number of diseases, including herpes zoster and certain forms of cancer, should be on the list of indicators for having HIV – and thus serving as a prompt for healthcare professionals to suggest an HIV test to their patients. The new results and guidelines are to be debated at a major international HIV conference in Copenhagen on 1920 March. “At the HIV in Europe conference we will discuss how to disseminate knowledge of the new HIV indicator diseases to non-HIV doctors and health care professionals across Europe”, says Jens Lundgren, co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative, and Professor of Viral Diseases at Rigshospitalet and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, where he is head of the Copenhagen HIV Programme, one of the leading HIV/AIDS centres in the world.

Press release ”The HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe is out of control and entering into care late is Too many people with HIV remain undiagnosed  fuelling and HIV/TB epidemic”, released 15 March 2012. Half of all people living with HIV are diagnosed very late in the course of their chronic HIV infection. People infected through heterosexual transmission now comprise 42 per cent of these late presenters, as a study of 90,000 Europeans who tested HIV positive since 2000 shows. Ton Coenen, co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative, Executive Director of Aids Fonds and Soa AIDS Nederland suggests that since the HIV/AIDS issue is no longer high on the agenda in many European countries, and patients have to actively choose to be tested, many might not consider going for a test if they have had unsafe sex. However, the earlier patients receive a diagnosis and start therapy, the greater are their chances of survival and their quality of life, and the lower the risk of passing the infection on to someone else.  

“This means we need more effective testing strategies and guidelines”, Ton Coenen continues. “More than 300 doctors, health care professionals, NGOs and health politicians from 40 European countries Copenhagen/Brussels 15 March 2012  will be discussing this need at the conference in March, so we have the ideal forum for it.” Eight new HIV indicator diseases should warrant an HIV­test  The HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe is out of control and entering into  “We already have a list of AIDS defining diseases, the vast majority of which indicate a weak immune care late is fuelling an HIV/TB epidemic  system. This is a symptom of HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test”, Professor Lundgren The HIV epidemic is rapidly expanding in Eastern Europe. In Russia, Ukraine and Belarus the number of  explains. “We need to find people living with HIV sooner than is currently the case, but to do so people living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000 and mortality is increasing. Poor access to  requires that doctors and other health care professionals offer tests to people presenting with diseases antiretroviral therapy and prevention, serious social stigma and low political priority in some settings  indicative of an undiagnosed HIV infection”. facilitate HIV transmission. Increased political action is needed to better manage the epidemic, locally  The HIV in Europe initiative took up this challenge in 2009 and started the HIDES study (HIV and at the European Union level.  

Indicator Diseases Across Europe), which investigated eight diseases and how often they proved to be

signs of undiagnosed HIV among the 3588 patients in the study. In spite of improved treatment options, HIV continues to be an increasing problem in Europe. One major  issue is the rapidly expanding HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe. The number of people living with HIV  “We could see that if an adult had a sexually transmitted infection, malignant lymphoma, cervical or increased by 250% from an estimated 410,000 in 2001 to 1.5 million in 2010, according to UNAIDS. The  anal cancer/dysplasia, herpes zoster, hepatitis B or C, ongoing mononucleosis-like illness, international conference “HIV in Europe Copenhagen 2012 Conference”, co‐funded by the EU Health  inexplicable, persistent decline in the number of circulating white blood cells, or seborrheic dermatitis/exanthema, the risk of HIV infection was so high that it would be cost-effective for society Programme, taking place from 19‐20 March at the University of Copenhagen, will have these issues high on  the agenda. 

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”Since the first HIV in Europe conference was held in 2007, Western Europe has experienced constant  progress, while Eastern Europe is experiencing  an HIV epidemic which is now completely out of control. If  you are a person living with HIV in Eastern Europe, it is extremely difficult to get access to treatment and  prevention. Today, access to HIV treatment in Malawi is better than access to treatment in St. Petersburg”,  says Professor Jens Lundgren from the Copenhagen HIV Programme and co‐founder of the HIV in Europe 


Press coverage Press coverage of the HIV in Europe Copenhagen 2012 Conference International online newspapers Corriere.it, 30 March 2012 L´Aids in Europa? Curata peggio a San Pietroburgo che in Malawi. In Italia un sieropositivo su tre non sa di esserlo: il network “Persone sieropositive” promueve il test per tutti.... Parliament Magazine, November 2011 Getting results Ton Coenen, Jens Lundgren and Dorthe Raben discuss the priorities of the HIV in Europe conference, which will be held in Copenhagen in March 2012...

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GettinG results ton Coenen, Jens lundgren and Dorthe raben discuss the priorities of the HIV in Europe conference, which will be held in copenhagen in March 2012

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IV in Europe is not an organisation, but a pan-European initiative launched in 2007. It was formed to inform processes, share knowledge and improve the evidence base around important issues of earlier testing and care in relation to HIV. It is unique in its collaboration between stakeholders from both the clinical, advocacy and public health levels. The overall objective of HIV in Europe is to ensure that HIV positive patients enter care earlier in the course of their infection than is currently the case. It also aims to study the decrease in the proportion of HIV positive people presenting late for care. A strategic priority of the initiative in the future will be to reinforce the collaboration with eastern European countries as well as with WHO Europe and the European centre for disease prevention and control (ECDC). HIV in Europe has held bi-annual

conferences since the first conference in Brussels in 2007. In 2009, the conference was held in Stockholm under the Swedish EU council presidency, and the third HIV in Europe conference will be held in Copenhagen on 19-20 March 2012, when Denmark holds the rotating presidency. It will gather around 300 European stakeholders at the University of Copenhagen’s faculty of health sciences. The conference is seen as an important step towards creating a platform for national and innovative best practice initiatives on testing around Europe. The conference could be a catalyst for sharing knowledge and experience across borders. Also, the implementation of European and national testing guidelines, including the ECDC testing guidance launched on 1 December 2010 will be discussed. There will also be a focus on access to testing, treatment and care, since a high percentage of people living with HIV who

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Danish online newspapers Aarhus Stiftstidende, 15 March 2012 HIV epidemic raging in Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus... The number of Eastern Europeans living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000. This is announced ahead of the international conference »HIV in Europe 2012«, taking place on the 19 and 20 March at the University of Copenhagen.. The number of Eastern Europeans living with HIV has almost tripled... http://stiften.dk/bnb/hiv-epidemi-raser-i-oesteuropa Randers Amtsavis, 15 March 2012 HIV epidemic raging in Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus... The number of Eastern Europeans living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000. This is announced ahead of the international conference »HIV in Europe 2012«, taking place on the 19 and 20 March at the University of Copenhagen.. The number of Eastern Europeans living with HIV has almost tripled... http://amtsavisen.dk/bnb/hiv-epidemi-raser-i-oesteuropai-rusland-ukraine-og-hviderusland-erantallet-af-per Bornholms Tidende, 15 March 2012 HIV epidemic raging in Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus... The number of Eastern Europeans living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000. This is announced ahead of the international conference »HIV in Europe 2012«, taking place on the 19 and 20 March at the University of Copenhagen. Among the reasons for the spreading of the disease... Jydske Vestkysten, 15 March 2012 HIV epidemic raging in Eastern Europe.. The number of Eastern Europeans living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000. This is the message previous to the international conference »HIV in Europe 2012«, taking place on the 19 and 20 March at the University of Copenhagen. Among the reasons for the spreading of the disease... http://www.jv.dk/artikel/1299399:Udland--HIV-epidemi-raser-i-Oesteuropa Berlingske Tidende, 16 March 2012 HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe STIGMA. Previous to the international conference »HIV in Europe 2012«, taking place from 19-20 March at the University of Copenhagen, UN data show that in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus the number of people living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000 and the mortality is increasing ... Berlingske Tidende, 19 March 2012 Where are the Facebook Group »Putin 2012«? I am attending the summit for Inequality at CEVA at Vesterbro. We are discussion the reasons for inequality in health in the Western world with internationally recognized scientists.... http://www.b.dk/politiko/hvor-er-facebook-gruppen-putin-2012

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Other Danish online news services Ulandsnyt, 11 April 2012 The Hiv/aids issue should be given priority in the Danish Foreign Ministry´s Neighbour programme Today it is easier to get access to hiv treatment in Uganda than in Ukraine. The disease is therefore often a death sentence to persons living with HIV in the Eastern partner countries. By Henriette Laursen, director in AIDS-Fondet. Hiv and aids are exploding in our neighbouring countries ….. http://www.u-landsnyt.dk/blog/350/hivaids-b-r-v-re-et-prioriteret-tema-i-naboskabspr

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Folketinget (The Danish Parliament), 26 April 2012 § 20-question US 140 About the fight against hiv/aids in Eastern Europe. For the Minister of Development Assistance Christian Friis Bach (RV). Gathering: 2011-12 Status: Answered, final. Final answer. Date of answer: 25-04-2012. Show speeches using scroll bar. 81 Hans Kristian Skibby (DF)Kl.13:43 Short comment. Hans Kristian Skibby (DF):.. AIDS Fondet, 19 April 2012 Eastern Europe: Hiv/aids should be given priority in the Danish Foreign Ministry´s Neighbour programme Today, it is easier to get access to hiv treatment in Uganda than in Ukraine. The disease is therefore often a death sentence to persons living with HIV in the Eastern partner countries. At a blog at U-landsnyt the director of AIDS-Fondet call on Danida to prioritize hiv/ai... https://www.aidsfondet.dk/sw/frontend/detail.asp?parent=129864&typeid=13&id=15969&layo ut=3 Out & About, 27 April 2012 Concentration of efforts NO OTHER POPULATION GROUP in Denmark is hit harder by hiv than gay and bisexuelle men: On a national basis, approx. 5 percent are living with HIV, but in Copenhagen the number is almost twice as high. The reason why the number, after all, is not higher, is especially due to the work...

News on Danish TV and radio DR Radio, 19 March 2012 Hiv-testing for all? You fell tempted to call it ”The hidden disease” even though millions of people – here and in the rest of the world – live with it. At the end of the day, the HIV virus is deadly when it reaches the stage of AIDS - that is a well-known fact. What is not as well-known is the fact that the scientists can actually... http://www.dr.dk/P1/Sundhed/Udsendelser/2012/03/19104855.htm DR TV, DR1 TV-Avisen 21.00, 19 March 2012 Hiv: Mortality increasing in Eastern Europe, decreasing in the rest of the world. An aids conference is taking place in Copenhagen today and tomorrow and the focus is on Eastern Europe. Last year, 90,000 died from aids in the region, while the number was decreasing in the rest of the world. According to Sergey Smirnov, head of the association Hiv in Russia, the treatment methods are ...


DR Radio, DR P4 Radioavisen 12.00, 19 March 2012 Senior consultant: We must be better to find HIV The message going out at a conference in Copenhagen today is that we need to be better to find HIV. Of the 2.5 million people living with HIV in Europe, about a million do not know they have HIV, says senior consultant at Rigshospitalet Jens Lundgren. He co-chairs the initiative... DR Radio, DR P3 Nyhederne 13.00, 19 March 2012 We must be better to find hiv We must be much better to find hiv. This is the message at a conference starting today in Copenhagen. About 2.5 million people are living with hiv in Europe and about a million of these are not aware they have hiv. The solution is routine check-up for h...

Press coverage of Indicator Disease Guidelines International news services NewsRx, 09 March 2012 New indicator diseases reveal hidden HIV ...diseases to non-HIV doctors and health care professionals across Europe ,” says Jens Lundgren, Co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative. He ‘s... Medindia.com, 05 March 2012 Scientists Pinpoint New Diseases That can Indicate HIV Risk | MedIndia ...HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test,” said Prof. Jens Lundgren of Copenhagen University, who co-chairs the HIV in Europe initiative . MediLexicon and Medical News Today, 05 March 2012 HIV Test Recommended When New Indicator Diseases Present ...diseases to non-HIV doctors and health care professionals across Europe ,” says Jens Lundgren, Co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative. He ‘s... The Times Of India, 05 March 2012 New diseases that can indicate HIV risk revealed ...HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test,” said Prof. Jens Lundgren of Copenhagen University, who co-chairs the HIV in Europe initiative. TopNews New Zealand, 04 March 2012 Government to Support Groups Struggling in their Fight against HIV ...to people presenting (themselves) with diseases”, says Prof. Jens Lundgren of the Copenhagen University, who co-chairs the HIV initiative in... News Track India, 05 March 2012 Eight new diseases could be indicator of HIV ...symptom of HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test,” Prof. Jens Lundgren of Copenhagen University, who co-chairs the HIV in Europe initiative,

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VietNamNet Bridge, Balita-Dot-Ph and Business Ghana, 05 March 2012 Danish researchers find new indicator diseases to signal hidden HIV risk ...HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test,” said Prof. Jens Lundgren of Copenhagen University, who co-chairs the HIV in Europe initiative . LexisNexis, Cambodian Times, Zee News and othes, 05 March 2012 New diseases that can indicate HIV risk revealed ...HIV and should lead to an immediate HIV test,” said Prof. Jens Lundgren of Copenhagen University, who co-chairs the HIV in Europe initiative ‫۔‬ 10

Clinical Laboratory International, 04 March 2012 New indicator diseases reveal hidden HIV ...diseases to non-HIV doctors and health care professionals across Europe,” says Jens Lundgren, Co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative. He ‘s... Medcompare, 03 March 2012 New Indicator Diseases Reveal Hidden HIV New Indicator Diseases Reveal Hidden HIV Source: University of Copenhagen HIV in Europe Today, heterosexuals in Europe are at particular risk.. . NATAP, 02 March 2012 New indicator diseases reveal hidden HIV in Europe ...diseases to non-HIV doctors and health care professionals across Europe ,” says Jens Lundgren, Co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative. He ‘s... The Medical News, 01 March 2012 Europe conference to discuss on new HIV indicator diseases ...diseases to non-HIV doctors and health care professionals across Europe ,” says Jens Lundgren, Co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative. He ‘s... Infection Control Today, 01 March 2012 New Indicator Diseases Reveal Hidden HIV ...indicator diseases to non-HIV doctors and healthcare professionals across Europe, says Jens Lundgren, co-chair of the HIV in Europe initiative . He’s...


Danish online newspapers Bornholms Tidende, 29 February 2012 New indicator diseases to reveal HIV A number of diseases, among others shingles and certain types of cancer, can be indicators of HIV, a new study shows. Half of all persons living with HIV in Europe continue to be diagnosed very late in the cause of the chronic disease and among these... Jydske Vestkysten, 29 February 2012 New indicator diseases to reveal HIV A number of diseases, among others shingles and certain types of cancer, can be indicators of HIV, a new study shows. Half of all persons living with HIV in Europe continue to be diagnosed very late in the cause of the chronic disease and among these...... http://www.jv.dk/artikel/1290211:Indland--Nye-indikatorsygdomme-skal-afsloere-HIV Randers Amtsavis, 29 February 2012 New indicator diseases to reveal HIV A number of diseases, among others shingles and certain types of cancer, can be indicators of HIV, a new study shows. By Michala Rask Mikkelsen, Berlingske Nyhedsbureau. Half of all persons living with HIV in Europe continue to be diagnosed very late... http://amtsavisen.dk/bnb/nye-indikatorsygdomme-skal-afsloere-hiv B.T, 29 February 2012 These diseases can reveal HIV A number of diseases, among others shingles and certain types of cancer, can be indicators of HIV, a new study shows. Half of all persons living with HIV in Europe continue to be diagnosed very late in the cause of the chronic disease and among these...... Berlingske Tidende, 29 February 2012 These diseases can be signs of HIV A number of diseases, among others shingles and certain types of cancer, can be indicators of HIV, a new study shows. By Michala Rask Mikkelsen, Berlingske Nyhedsbureau. 29 February 2012, 09:15 updated 29 February, 09:28. Half of all persons... http://www.b.dk/nationalt/disse-sygdomme-kan-afsloere-skjult-hiv Videnskab.dk, 29 February 2012 Cancer and shingles can reveal HIV Heterosexuals in particular are in risk of being diagnosed so late with HIV that their immune system has been compromised significantly by the infection when they get the diagnosis. A Danish headed, international study shows that a number of diseases like shingles and... ... http://videnskab.dk/kort-nyt/kraeft-og-helvedesild-afslorer-hiv


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