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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.


Dr. Alex Schneider

Life4me+, Switzerland

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