On July 28-30, a training for doctors of hospitals of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was held in Kharkiv by representatives of the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis. 17 medical workers from Kharkiv, Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Chasovy Yar and Lysychansk took part in the training. The main purpose of the event was to improve skills in HIV counseling and testing using rapid multitests.
Experts who have been working in the field of combating the spread of HIV / AIDS in Ukraine for many years were involved in the training, including Natalia Kozhan, a lecturer at the Shupik's National University of Health of Ukraine, a microbiologist in the laboratory department of the National Military Laboratory. -Medical Clinical Center "Main Military Clinical Hospital" Olga Stas, doctor of the highest category of the Kharkiv Regional Council "Regional Clinical Center for AIDS Prevention and Control" Kozhevnikova Irina and military chaplain Sergei Dmitriev.
Participants of theoretical and practical classes discussed the epidemiology of HIV infection; counseling on HIV treatment; a comprehensive package of services provided to HIV-positive people; dispensary supervision of HIV-infected persons, methods and algorithms of treatment of HIV / AIDS and opportunistic diseases. In addition, all participants trained in practice to conduct pre- and post-test counseling.
For reference: the event was implemented within the PEPFAR project "HIV / AIDS Prevention in the Armed Forces of Ukraine: testing and counseling, reducing the risk of infection on the battlefield."