We are a group of HIV specialists physicians from across Europe in all its diversity but we are united through the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) as Young Investigators (YING). The war endangers the care for people living with HIV in Ukraine and the HIV care providers on the ground there including one of our own YING colleagues.
We felt we could not stand by with words alone. We therefore started the ‘#aware.hiv Ukraine dare to care’ initiative.
An HIV infection is difficult to recognise and therefore may be present in your body for years without you being aware of it. However, there are certain HIV related indicators that you or your doctor should be aware of. These indicators are called HIV indicator conditions.
These conditions are common and can affect anyone, but they are more common in people with an underlying HIV infection. These conditions are either conditions that are manifested within your body when its immune system is compromised or conditions that share the same transmission rout as HIV (through sexual contact or through blood-blood contact). These HIV indicator conditions can be an indication of an undiagnosed HIV infection. Therefore, we adhere to the advice in national and international guidelines (including World Health Organisation guidelines) to test for HIV when HIV indicator conditions are diagnosed.