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PLWHIV 3.0. – Technology makes life easier

The last decades can be described as the years of the digital boom. This is apparent in almost all areas, including science, industry, transport and medicine. Who would have thought twenty years ago that we could pay bills with just one click, buy tickets online or arrange doctor appointments online? As for healthcare, we have seen the growing importance of new digital technologies. They improve patients' quality of life by enhancing the quality of medical care and better measuring outcomes. HIV care can embrace technology. Recent research confirms that mobile apps and ehealth systems, incl. SMS, increase adherence, awareness and quality of life. Human contact in health care will always be important. However, used sensibly, technology has the power to support and enhance care in many ways.

Speaker biography:

Dr. Alex Schneider (age 40) is Russian-German and holds a PhD in chemistry from Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle (Saale), Germany. He was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2012 and then made the decision to work in advocacy. In 2015, he was responsible for high-level political dialogue on compulsory license in Russia, at the Russian Duma and with the office of the prime minister Medvedev.

In 2015-2016, he began coordinating and preparing a strategy to combat the spread of HIV in the Russian Federation, using his designated expertise for the Russian parliament. In 2016, he developed an app for HIV-positive people, which has received support from several organisations and has reached more than 15’000 users. Subsequently, he founded the non-profit organisation to fight AIDS, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis in Switzerland. Life4me+ organised the local information and education campaign "U=U" ("Undetectable equals untransmittable") in Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, aimed at disseminating information that an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit the virus to another person sexually.



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