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I WANT TO KNOW

Positive action logoViiv LogoI WANT TO KNOW – User Friendly Access to HIV and other STI Voluntary Counseling and Testing for Roma Youth (2019–2021)

The project of BFPA, supported by ViiV Healthcare through Charity Aid Foundation (CAF), puts special focus on marginalized and socially deprived groups. Growing vulnerability towards HIV/AIDS and other STI infections among Roma young men is happening in the context of social isolation, unemployment and poverty. Illiteracy, lack of social skills and motivation, low health culture, poor health services coverage in Roma neighborhoods and especially lack of health prevention programs determine the increasing cases of people affected by HIV and other STIs.
Main target group of the project are young Roma men (age 12-25), but the initiatives are not excluding Roma girls and parents. Health education and behavior changes communication and activities are involving all community members.
Young Roma people from 5 locations: Pleven, Stara Zagora, Plovdiv, Russe and Sofia, including villages and poor marginalized districts are to be engaged. Awareness raising by screening and diagnosis campaign; counseling sessions and voluntary free counseling and testing including referrals and assistance for early start of treatment of newly diagnosed PLHIV are among main activities. Gathering stories and facts about Roma adolescents who are exposed to different risks is foreseen for developing advocacy tool.

 

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BFPA survey about positive birth-rate measures

Sofia, December 5, 2022 

The Bulgarian Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health (BFPA) presented the results of a nationally representative survey conducted by KANTAR. The study took place in August 2022, among a sample of 836 people from the adult population and analyzed the measures that would positively affect the birth rate.

You can find the full research here

 
Final conference on ARIE project: PLHIV and fitness

Sofia, November 11, 2022

On November 11, 2022, the final conference of the ARIE project was held in Sofia. The project is supported by the Erasmus+ Sport program, led by the long-standing Italian partner of BFPA ANLAIDS – Lombardia. The rest of the participating organizations are from Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia. The activities are aimed at people living with HIV (PLHIV), the goal of the project is to develop and introduce a fitness program and an activity protocol for people living with HIV. In Bulgaria the project was coordinated by Boyan Mladenov from the BFPA team. Among the participants of the conference were health specialists, professors from medical universities, NGO partners, representatives of the target group. From the Bulgarian side the most outstanding was the presentation of Prof. Radka Argirova “HIV,Covid and Monkeypox - what more we have to know”
The project aims to promote physical activity in the form of personalized guidelines among people between the ages of 18 and 50 who are living with HIV and who are on treatment, offering an innovative fitness protocol to engage them in moderate physical activity.
This is the first project in Europe specifically targeting people living with HIV and fitness to promote a healthy lifestyle and add fitness protocols to HIV therapy.

 
Presentation of the results of a regional study and recommendations for SRH services in the European Parliament - project "Youth Voices, Youth Choices"

Brussels, October 26, 2022

In the last months of 2022 the partners of the YVYC project, together with experts and young people, developed recommendations for regional policy recommendations for improvement of health and social systems and SRHR services for young people after the Covid 19 pandemic.
The recommendations are targeting decision-makers at international and national institutions.  They were presented in the European Parliament on October 26, 2022 by young advocates and experts, with the support of MEP Fred Matic. Three BFPA representatives - Victoria Nikolova, Venelin Stoychev and Pavlina Filipova participated in the EP meeting.

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Implemented projects :: I want to know