Working Together to improve HIV Care in Europe with Dr Sanjay Bhagani, President of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS)
18th European AIDS Conference – October 27/30/2021 – Online and London 2021.HPN December 2021 Digital – page 82
Dr Sanjay Bhagani is President of the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) and an experienced consultant in infectious diseases and HIV.
Below he shares his thoughts in advance of the EACS Conference 2021 and his vision for HIV care in Europe.
The theme of this year’s EACS conference is ‘crossing borders’. What does that mean to you and what do you hope it will inspire in others?
“One of the really important things that the EACS conference does is bring people together from many different countries and regions across Europe and also outside of Europe.
“While we may usually practise medicine in our specialties and within our national borders, big meetings like this highlight the importance of crossing those boundaries and learning from each other’s experience.
“An important reason for choosing the theme was to say to people: when we think about HIV care, we should think across the whole European region.
“But it is not only about national borders. We also need to think about care across sectors as well. We realise that HIV care is not just about clinicians, scientists, community, academia or industry; it’s bringing all partners together, across those boundaries, to look after people with HIV.
“COVID-19 has really highlighted for us that care for HIV also crosses borders in terms of disease disciplines. In other words, caring for people with HIV encompasses everything, including sexual health, mental health, and co-morbidity care.
“The whole concept of the conference is that we are crossing borders on many different fronts.”
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