The long-forgotten infectious diseases are re-emerging and new ones are spreading very quickly, so it is important not to lose vigilance!

2019-01-03
The long-forgotten infectious diseases are re-emerging and new ones are spreading very quickly, so it is important not to lose vigilance! The long-forgotten infectious diseases are re-emerging and new ones are spreading very quickly, so it is important not to lose vigilance! I invite you to listen to the lecture “Why are infectious diseases again relevant?” I talked about this at the republican conference “Healthy teacher is guarantee of successful education”, which you will find... Plačiau

Challenges of communicable diseases and overview of incidence in Lithuania in 2017

2018-12-19
Challenges of communicable diseases and overview of incidence in Lithuania in 2017 What prompts recurrence of communicable diseases, what challenges we face and what are still to be expected, and brief overview of the incidence of communicable diseases in Lithuania in 2017 in my presentation at the 6th National Conference on Communicable Diseases, which you can find... Plačiau

5th CEE Meeting on VH and HIV will take place on 19 – 20 September 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

2018-12-11
5th CEE Meeting on VH and HIV will take place on 19 - 20 September 2019 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Central and Eastern European Meeting on Viral Hepatitis and HIV is an independent program, initiated in 2014 and developed by regional and international Key Opinion Leaders for the medical and scientific community in Eastern and Central European countries. Advances in the treatment of viral hepatitis and HIV are continuing at a rapid and exciting pace, presented and discussed at many large international conferences. Key challenges in the treatment of hepatitis B and C as well as HIV are specific for this region and need to be discussed among clinicians and scientists from these countries. This meeting aims to provide a unique and much needed platform for scientific and medical interchange and education on treatment of VH and HIV. Join us for this focused meeting to address regional... Plačiau

Epidemiology of HIV in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

2018-12-07
Epidemiology of HIV in the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) The HIV epidemic in the Baltic countries started about the same time. However, the prevalence of HIV in the general population and high risk groups is different. In all countries, the second decade of HIV epidemic was driven by PWID. The spread of HIV through bridging groups to the general population in EE and LV started earlier than in LT. The example of the Baltic countries shows that if there is no adequate and timely response to the problem of drug addiction (especially in prison settings) the HIV situation can change very quickly. It is natural that after having reached its peak, HIV incidence starts declining. However, since far more people have sex (including MSM) than inject drugs, even if sexual transmission is less infectious, then if not properly managed, this may eventually... Plačiau

“One day I take an interview from the Prime Minister … all my colleagues are turning away from me the next day … and I lose a lung due to tuberculosis.”

2018-12-06
“One day I take an interview from the Prime Minister ... all my colleagues are turning away from me the next day ... and I lose a lung due to tuberculosis." “One day I take an interview from the Prime Minister … all my colleagues are turning away from me the next day … and I lose a lung due to tuberculosis.” My interview with TV journalist and TB activist Paula Rusu is available... Plačiau

Infectious diseases are still a serious cause of mortality and morbidity, says European Commissioner V. P. Andriukaitis

2018-12-06
Infectious diseases are still a serious cause of mortality and morbidity, says European Commissioner V. P. Andriukaitis Despite the advances in modern medicine, infectious diseases are still a serious cause of mortality and morbidity, told European Commissioner Dr. Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis on the beginning of his welcome speech to the participants of the 6th National Conference on Communicable Diseases in Vilnius (Lithuania). “Our most important tasks today are to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, to properly diagnose to treat and control them, to strengthen vaccination, to stop the development of antimicrobial resistance” – noted V.P. Andriukaitis, whose speech to the participants of the Conference with English subtitles is available... Plačiau

The 6th National Conference on Communicable Diseases

2018-11-27
The 6th National Conference on Communicable Diseases The 6th National Conference on Communicable Diseases, due to the large number of registered participants (the registration is still ongoing on www.ulac.lt), which will be held from 29th to 30th of November, will be transferred from the Vilnius University Medical Faculty to the Vilnius College Health Care Faculty Hall (Didlaukio St. 45, Vilnius ). I invite you to participate. You can find a traditionally presented analysis of the incidence of communicable diseases in 2017 (English summary at the end)... Plačiau

Management of HIV epidemic is hampered by epidemic of stigma and discrimination

2018-10-19
Management of HIV epidemic is hampered by epidemic of stigma and discrimination It’s time to recognize that HIV infection is the same disease as any other chronic illness with which you can live a full life. The world’s lowest estimates suggest that more than 37.6 million people now live with HIV, and 1.8 million still become newly infected every year – there are two new infections for the three people who start taking antiviral medicines. Overview of the HIV / AIDS epidemic peculiarities, evolution of the epidemic in Lithuania, achievements of the global and national response and lessons learned are presented in my latest article “Three Stages of HIV Epidemic”. According to WHO, the world’s HIV epidemic peaked in 1999. Currently, in some regions of the world, the spread of HIV is declining, but not in the Eastern Europe or... Plačiau

HIV medicines or pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) for MSM

2018-05-15
 HIV medicines or pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) for MSM Globally, the HIV epidemic continues to represent a pressing public health issue. Men having sex with men (or MSM) could be considered as a very high risk population for acquiring HIV. An increase of new HIV diagnoses is reported among MSM in Europe, and almost one third of those infected are estimated to be unaware of their seropositive status[1]. According to the scientific literature, an increase of high risk sexual practices (such as unprotected anal intercourse) has been reported among MSM across Europe. According to the Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS, 8.3% of all people with HIV in Lithuania have been infected by homosexual intercourse. According to an international study, knowledge of Lithuanian homosexuals about HIV infection and its transmission routes and protective... Plačiau

Lecture „AIDS: IT IS BETTER TO KNOW! “ is available online

2016-12-05
 Lecture „AIDS: IT IS BETTER TO KNOW! “  is available online You don’t need anymore 80 days to travel around the world, mail is no longer required to reach an addressee, and there is no need to go a long way to listen to a lecture. Technologies are improving every day, and every day research can answer more and more questions about HIV and AIDS. On the eve of the World AIDS Day, November 30th, I lectured on this topic in the National Martynas Mazvydas Library. The lecture was attended by 311 educational institutions and more than 11 thousand students of those, Library visitors and others interested in HIV and AIDS issues. As you probably already understood, the lecture “AIDS: IT IS BETTER TO KNOW!” was given live online. In the lecture I tried to answer relevant to public questions about HIV and AIDS. Why can’t we stop HIV epidemic? What... Plačiau