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What do we do @ohhh! within the HIV & AIDS response?

This week Daniel Nagel and Corbinian Fuchs attended the #fasttrackcitiesconference inLisbon, where Daniel held a keynote on our work within the global HIV/AIDS response. Fast-Track Cities is a global partnership between cities and municipalities around the world and four core partners, includingIAPAC. Launched in December 2014, the partnership has grown to more than 350cities and municipalities that have committed to accelerate their local HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and viral hepatitis (HBV and HCV) responses to achieveSustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.3 by 2030.

At ohhh! we engage with the health of young people around the globe and find solutions that adapt best to their everyday life. The basis at this point is continuously formed by the fact that we need to create abetter understanding of our various and highly diverse target groups. The inclusion of socio-cultural differences and needs builds a substantial factor to adapt our products and services for our key audience. Accordingly, the latest data and best practices at an international level are decisive to be able to respond to acute changes and new developments in the future.

The conference offered a great stage for international researchers to present their latest findings and offered us the opportunity to establish new contacts and apply the latest learnings to our work and goals. The specific findings within the paper “HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis in the EU/EEA and the UK:implementation, standards and monitoring” presented in the panel “Scientific and clinical innovation in HIV treatment and PrEP by Karine Lacombe included up-to-date insights on access and barriers to PrEP. Furthermore, it stated out the importance of target group orientated health services to ensure long term use or utilization, which can be described as a key factor of our main goals.

Daniel also presented two of our main projects on an international and national level. In Southern Africa with our Youth against AIDS program, we install condom dispensers at TVET Colleges and hold our Pillow Talk series with young activists. We aim to fight stigma, give access to and normalize the use of condoms within this project. For our German community we have just recently relaunched our digital platform, where we publish articles and several "specials" that offer service and support and of course fun and snackable information, which we share on the platform and on social media. We are so happy to finally be able again to speak at such events and talking about our ambition to end HIV and innovate prevention and sex education.

Thank you #IAPAC for having us! Attendees included many important representatives such as Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director to UNAIDS.