What do we need to support effective engagement? What do we require from our clinics?
People living with HIV need life-long care. Some come with one, others come with many problems to the clinic: health issues always, but very often also mental and social issues. This easily overloads physicians, who may only have time to monitor and prescribe treatment. In complex situations, the service that is required for a patient is very comprehensive. Doctors need to create a solid basis of trust with the patient. A stigma-free environment of the clinic is paramount. A one-stop shop model to deliver a comprehensive care package is key to deliver adequate care.
Alex Schneider, Life4me.plus; The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), Switzerland
Alex Schneider is PhD chemist. He has been living with HIV for 8 years and has been involved in HIV advocacy work last 6 years. He started publishing scientific news about HIV on Twitter, and later developed the dedicated website. The group of activists organised by him evolved over 4 years into a full-fledged non-profit organisation, providing support around the world – Life4me+. In 2016, he developed an app for HIV-positive people, which has received support from several organisations and has reached more than 15’000 users.
He is a member of European AIDS Treatment Group and is involved in the Partner in Science programme as chair. He is initiated several campaigns: Russian information and education campaign "U=U" ("Undetectable equals untransmittable") in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, awareness public campaign NoHIVstigma and the latest RespectMyHIV. During the COVID19 pandemic, he helped people living with HIV who are stranded abroad to continue their therapy.