On September 23, a round table was held on the topic: "Peculiarities of providing a package of services to HIV-infected servicemen during the COVID-19 pandemic"
The event was organized by the International NGO "International Institute of HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis". Representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, non-governmental organizations working in the field of HIV / AIDS, etc. took part in the discussion.
During the round table, was discussed the status of providing a package of services to servicemen with HIV / AIDS during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization of HIV index testing and the procedure of cooperation between medical units of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on a patient-centered basis. Each of the participants shared their experience of working in a pandemic.
Thus, Tetyana Krasnopolska, a doctor-methodologist of the Department for Coordination of the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, analyzed national recommendations for providing a package of services to HIV-infected people, as well as organizing HIV prevention and testing during the epidemic COVID -19. In turn, Svitlana Yesypenko, director of the Odessa Regional Center for Socially Significant Diseases, spoke about the organization of index testing for HIV partners of HIV-infected people in the Odessa region, in particular, among servicemen and noted the effectiveness of the approach chosen by the organization. Daria Dobroshtan, Officer of the Epidemiological Department of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Department of the Armed Forces Command, shared her experience in using EpiInfo software in the epidemiological surveillance system in the Armed Forces of Ukraine and its successful involvement in further analysis of HIV / AIDS data.
As a result of cooperation and effective communication during the round table, a plan of priority measures to combat the spread of HIV, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis B and C among servicemen was formed and approved. Adherence to this plan will help reduce the risk of infection among certain groups, including servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.