EATG at EACS 2023

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  • 18 - 21 October 2023
  • Warsaw, Poland

EATG is present at the 19th European AIDS Conference taking place in Warsaw from the 18th until the 21st of October. The biennial conference organised by the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) is a key event for all stakeholders working in the field of HIV/AIDS in Europe.

This year, EATG is hosting a special session focusing on harm reduction and mental health at the main scientific programme and is also curating the Community Corner programme at the Exhibition area. At the Exhibition, delegates can visit EATG’s booth and check out our SCOPE project e-poster (Building a HIV combination prevention services checklist to assess their availability and access by key populations).



Thursday, 19 October 2023, 12:15 – 13:15

Empowering communities and clinicians for harm reduction and mental health

The session will provide community perspectives on the role of harm reduction and mental health services in programme for combination prevention. It will highlight the benefits of an integrated approach. It will highlight good practices from community-based services and collaboration between community and health workers. Participants will examine multidisciplinary and inclusive approaches to prevention and care, including mental health and harm reduction services, efficient referrals between health care providers and community-based organisations.  



12:15 – 12:20 Welcome by Chairs Ann Piercy, European AIDS Treatment Group & Miłosz Parczewski, Pomeranian Medical University, Infectious Diseases and Hepatology Clinic, Szczecin,  

12:20 – 12:30 Chemsex, risk reduction and mental health Jorge Garrido, Apoyo Positivo  

12:30 – 12:40 Migration, HIV/HCV, and drug use Marios Atzemis, Positive Voice 

12:40 – 12:55 Gender-transformative services Amanita Calderon-Cifuentes Transgender Europe  

12:55 – 13:10 Q&A and moderated discussion 

13:10 – 13:15 Closing 

19&20 / 10 | Community Corner

This year at the 19th EACS conference community representatives along with doctors and young investigators were invited to share their stories at the Community Corner.

The programme kicks off in the morning with motivational power talks. The floor is open to everyone.

Then, at 13.15, we are sharing stories Pecha Kucha style. Following last edition’s successful programme, we host six new stories from local and European activists and doctors. Over two days, we invite you to follow their stories live and interact during the Q&A.

The first day of Community Corner activities will close with a discussion on WHO’s Zero Risk document.


17/10 | SCOPE Multi-stakeholders Meeting: Community Perspectives on Guidelines and Programming Recommendations for Better Inclusion of Inadequately Served Groups

EATG is pleased to invite you to its stakeholders meeting, “Community Perspectives on Guidelines and Programming Recommendations for Better Inclusion of Inadequately Served Groups”, in Warsaw 17 October 2023 at 19:00 – 21:00 (local time).


18/10 | STEPS 9: A Community Initiative to Design the Pathway to a Durable ART-Free Control of HIV Infection

The 9th STEPS HIV Cure Community-led Workshop will take place on Wednesday, 18 October 2023, from 10:00 to 12:30 (CET) in Warsaw (Poland) at the EXPO XXI (Prądzyńskiego 12/14), SONATA Room. This year the theme of our workshop is “STEPS towards a cure for everyone – dedicated to Giulio Maria Corbelli”.


18-20/10 | EATG Booth

Drop by the EATG booth (No.7) at the Exhibition area to learn more about our programmes and projects, meet with your peers, and strike a pose to support our #StigmaFree campaign!

20/10 | EATG Community Dinner

Let’s meet and catch up! EATG invites its members and staff attending the EACS conference in Warsaw to a dinner on Friday 20 October at 19:00. Register now to secure your place [link in title is open to EATG members / MyEATG users only]


Suggestions from the EACS 2023 programme and side events in Warsaw


Friday, 20 October 2023, 17:00 – 18:00
EACS Special session: EACS goes East- Vulnerable populations and vulnerable topics in Central and Eastern Europe
Chairs: Maka Gogia (Georgia), Mike Youle (United Kingdom), Magdalena Ankiersztejn-Bartczak (Poland)
Why do we need harm reduction in Central and Eastern Europe
Speaker: Maka Gogia (Georgia)
Barriers to HCV treatment in Polish prisons
Speaker: Jerzy Jaroszewicz (Poland)
HIV and hepatitis harm reduction and treatment in prisons in Moldova
Speaker: Serghei Craveti (Moldova)
Gender sensitivities in harm reduction services
Speaker: Aisuluu Bolotbaevaa (Kyrgyzstan)

Q&A and discussion

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 14:00 – 19:00
The European Stigma & Discrimination Forum aims to meet this need, tailored to the region-specific aspects of the HIV epidemic, national policy, guidelines, and societal context.

EATG endorses the #STIGMAFORUM series hosted by Virology Education

18/10 | Elton John AIDS Foundation: First-hand perspectives on community-led strategies to end HIV in EECA

A community exchange and networking reception to highlight community-led strategies to end Eastern Europe and Central Asia’s rapidly growing HIV epidemic

WarsawMarriott Hotel (Ballroom)

19:00-19:30 – Welcome drink

19:30-20:15 – Moderated panel discussion and Q&A

20:15-21:30 – Networking reception and visual exhibition

Register to attend [link in title]

Selections from the Conference’s Legacy programme

Register to attend these events:

18/10 at 22.00 | Living free with HIV – Gala Concert

19/10 at 19.00 | How to tell a secret – Screening

21/10 at 14.30 | Living free with HIV – Run Together






Stigma-Free: video reporting from EACS 2023 ‘Empowering communities and clinicians for harm reduction and mental health’ session

Practical Information

  • 19th European AIDS Conference: Venue:
    Prądzyńskiego 12/14
    01-222 Warszaw

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