Over 200 national and international specialists from Denmark, India, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the US have joined a conference in Tashkent to discuss modern approaches to the detection, prevention and treatment of HIV. The conference is being held in commemoration of World AIDS Day, marked annually on 1 December, and the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Service in Uzbekistan.
Keynote speakers at the start of the conference today, 1 December, included Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Sanitary Doctor of Uzbekistan, Saidmurod Saidaliyev, and UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Stefan Priesner.
In his speech, Mr. Saidaliyev told those gathered about measures taken by the government to fight HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan. Mr. Priesner, in his turn, highlighted the importance of joint efforts to address HIV/AIDS, research in this area, prevention of the virus, protection of vulnerable groups, increasing young people’s awareness of the risks of catching HIV as well as eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV.
During the two-day conference, experts and consultants will be working in three breakout sessions and focus on the following themes: “Epidemiology and prevention of HIV”, “Modern approaches to the detection, prevention and treatment of HIV”, and “The role of NGOs in implementing medico-psychosocial and HIV prevention programs”.
Conference participants are expected to develop new methods of boosting the effectiveness of efforts on early detection and prevention of the spread of HIV, improving treatment methods aimed at helping people living with HIV (PLHIV) regain working capacity and increasing life expectancy for PLHIV.