Cyprus Mail

Learning about HIV

The Powerhouse restaurant in Nicosia will hold a presentation and open discussion on Saturday entitled HIV + Me.

Even though the HIV virus, how it can be transmitted and what it does to the body are things that most of us know about today, there are still many questions around the subject.

Some of these questions are what exactly is HIV and how does it differ from AIDS? How does it feel to be HIV positive and what is Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), and how can we all be protected from any dangers related to the virus?

The event hopes to answer some of these questions with the help of guest speaker Andonis Papazoglou, who has been living with the virus, and Sophocles Chanos – the Head of Checkpoints in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Chanos will open the event at 3pm with a talk on ART. ART is a combination of several antiretroviral medicines used to slow the rate at which HIV makes copies of itself in the body. At 3.45pm Papazoglou will talk about what it is like to live with HIV and at 4.30pm there will be an open discussion where questions can be asked.

Attendants will also be able to get tested for HIV in a safe and anonymous environment. The test will be free and the results will be known within minutes.

This event is organised by The AIDS Solidarity Movement and the Rotaract Club Nicosia, with the support of Positive Voice, the Association of People Living with HIV in Greece, and Checkpoint HIV prevention centres.

HIV + Me
Open discussion on HIV. March 19. The Powerhouse Restaurant, Tempon 3, Nicosia. 3pm-5pm. In English. Tel: 22-432559 or 95-100626

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