Between November 20 and 26, 2023, the fourth edition of the International Testing Week – organized in Romania by ARAS – the Romanian Anti-AIDS Association – will take place all over the world. Last year, in the campaign carried out in the same context, over 1,000 Romanians and over 40,000 people globally had the chance to test themselves and take the measures appropriate to the result received: prevention or treatment.
SIT is a global campaign to raise awareness and promote testing for HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, initiated by the PLUS Coalition and launched this year in Kuala Lumpur, in partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNAIDS and the Ministry Health in Malaysia.
What we currently know:
* globally, 14% of people infected with HIV do not know their serological status, so they do not take treatment
* antiretroviral treatment ensures a life expectancy similar to that of a person who is not infected with HIV
* there are safe methods of preventing HIV transmission
Under these conditions, we ask the decision-makers to urgently take the necessary measures to finance prevention and ensure constant treatment, according to the international commitments signed by Romania and the national legislation in force. Also, according to the slogan of this year’s World AIDS Day (Involve communities!), we ask for the recognition and involvement of vulnerable communities in decision-making and in the implementation of activities that concern them.
Between November 20-23, 2023, you can test yourself free and anonymously for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and C, in the following ARAS centers: Checkpoint ARAS Bucharest 0751010539, Checkpoint ARAS Cluj 0751111017, Checkpoint ARAS Iaşi 0751120708, Checkpoint ARAS Timişoara 0751120840, ARAS Health Center 0740303744, ARAS Titan Bucharest Center 0746125397,
or you can order for free one of the 800 free test kits (HIV and Hepatitis C) that ARAS offers as part of the campaign: https://arasnet.ro/sit-2023/
For more information: Mihai Lixandru, campaign coordinator, 0742 016592
Campaign carried out with the support of the Plus Coalition, Gilead Sciences Romania, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Sidaction and in partnership with the National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Balş”.
The campaign is supported at an international level by: the French Development Agency (AFD), the Robert Carr Fund, Expertise France through the “L’initiative” program and Brussels City Hall.
About ARAS: Founded on April 10, 1992, ARAS is one of the first anti-AIDS associations in Romania and one of the first Romanian non-governmental associations to appear after 1989. From September 2022, ARAS is a public utility association.
ARAS is a member of the PLUS Coalition and a member of the Intersectoral National Committee for the control of tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS infection, of the Romanian Harm Reduction Network (RHRN), of HIV OUTCOMES, having an active role in advocacy, legislative changes and representation of vulnerable people. He is part of several international coalitions in the field: AIDS Action Europe, Civil Society on HIV/AIDS Forum, Civil Society Forum on Drugs, Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA), Drug Policy Network South-East Europe.
About the PLUS Coalition: Founded in 2008, the PLUS Coalition is an international union of non-governmental community organizations in the field of AIDS and viral hepatitis. Currently, it carries out activities in 52 countries, with over 100 civil society organizations, has 16 full members (including ARAS) and fights for social transformation by involving communities. https://www.coalitionplus.org/
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