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National Training Workshop on Clinical Management of HIV and Hepatitis Co-infections



Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center, Tbilisi Georgia

29-31 October, 2012

National training workshop on HIV/AIDS and hepatitis co-infections clinical management was held at the Infectious Diseases, AIDS and Clinical Immunology Research Center (IDACIRC) in Tbilisi, Georgia on October 29 – 31, 2012.

NOTE: The workshop was scheduled for 23-25 November, but due to circumstances beyond our control the workshop had to be rescheduled to 29-30 October.

The workshop was supported by WHO regional office for Europe. The workshop was facilitated by Prof. Vincent Soriano, Infectious Disease Department, Hospital Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.

Prof. Soriano is one of the distinguished specialists in the field of HIV/AIDS and HIV/hepatitis co-infection and has great contribution to the development of this field worldwide.

This workshop was the leading medical gathering for those involved in the clinical care of HIV/viral hepatitis co-infected individuals. The workshop program provided an excellent platform to exchange the medical information and new treatment results. The format of the workshop included presentations, case reports and discussion sessions. Prof. Soriano gave state-of-the-art lectures and clinical cases discussed with attending clinicians. The target audience consisted of clinicians caring for HIV/AIDS patients.

The aim of the workshop was strengthening human resource capacity to provide high-quality medical care for people living with HIV and hepatitis co-infections.

Overall 20 clinicians, including 8 persons from regional AIDS centers, participated in the workshop.

On the first day of the workshop Professor Soriano delivered state-of-the-art lectures on the following topics:

  • Liver disease in HIV patients – present and future
  • Liver fibrosis assessment –liver biopsy and non-invasive tools,
  • Hepatotoxicity of antiretroviral drugs,
  • Hepatitis C in HIV – epidemiology, natural history and diagnostic tools

Lectures were followed by interactive learning with case studies.

On the next day participants received up-to-date information about:

  • Treatment of chronic hepatitis B in HIV/AIDS patients
  • Hepatitis D and HIV
  • Non-cirrhotic portal hypertension in HIV patients
  • Recent highlights: Hepatitis E in HIV, Liver transplantation in HIV/AIDS patients.

Lectures were followed by round table/interactive sessions.

The last day of the workshop was lead by clinicians from the National AIDS Center. Topics covered included an overview of WHO Europe 2012 update of clinical protocols for HIV/HBV co-infections clinical management, prophylaxis of mother to child transmission of HIV, treatment of opportunistic infections etc. The lectures were followed by case studies prepared by the clinicians from National as well as regional AIDS centers.

In addition, Prof. Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Director General, IDACIRC, Tbilisi discussed future plans of collaboration with Prof. Soriano.

Prof. Soriano gave a high credit to the technical and human capacity of the IDACIRC. He expressed readiness to visit Tbilisi, Georgia in future to conduct another regional training/workshop on Clinical Management of HIV/HBV and HIV/HCV co-infections.

Prof. Soriano expressed interest to strengthen collaboration with our center and in this respect WHO/EURO support would be very important.