EACS 2019
Switzerland, Basel
Awareness campaign 6 - 9 November 2019
Demo and march 8 November 2019


Science has demonstrated a clear link between viral load and HIV transmission risk. In 2008 Swiss scientists published the so-called Swiss Statement. According to that statement a person with HIV cannot transmit the virus to others if their viral load is consistently below the detection limit, thanks to successful therapy. Since then, more detailed and multi-center studies have been carried out. They also clearly demonstrate that HIV is not sexually transmissible when the viral load of a person with HIV is below the then detection limit.

Thus, the consequence of HIV infection has changed from the fatal AIDS disease to a chronic manageable infection. Like many other infections, it can be effectively treated. Thus, those affected can lead a normal life. With HIV one can form relationships, have healthy babies, run a marathon, have dizzying careers, grow old and retire - almost as if they one did not have HIV. However, the general population is unaware that people cannot become infected through sex with a person with HIV who is successfully on therapy.

While science has made great strides, discrimination against people with HIV has remained. Fear and prejudice against people living with HIV are deeply rooted in people, without good reason. However, some people with HIV also stigmatize themselves. Many cannot live with their HIV infection because of public pressure.

In everyday life in Switzerland, stigma and discrimination exist at all levels. People with HIV are thus confronted in private, at work and, unfortunately, again and again in medical facilities. We see a huge lack of knowledge among the population and a lack of education about how HIV is and isn’t transmitted.

This year, Switzerland is hosting the European AIDS Conference - EACS 2019. The conference will take place from 6 to 9 November 2019 in Basel. More than 3,000 participants from all over the world are expected. We as a community want to seize the opportunity of the European Conference and carry out a broad public campaign on HIV/AIDS in Basel - with implications for the whole of Switzerland and Europe.


HIV destigmatization through awareness
“Think Positive” party
07.11.2019 at 22:30

«Think Positive» party

Together with the Bar Rouge, we present the "Think Positive" party over the rooftops of Basel. Everyone is invited, regardless of their cultural background or sexual orientation, their age or gender. At this party, activists and human rights activists working for the rights of HIV-positive people and transgender people, doctors, researchers, sex workers, gays, heterosexuals, Bi, Baselers, guests from home and abroad, etc., meet with one message:
We celebrate life!
"No matter what your diagnosis, it's important to live life to the fullest."
Special Guest:
Priscilla, Queen of Mykonos, Jackie O 'Beach Club
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Demo and march “NOHIVSTIGMA”
08.11.2019 from 16:00 to 18:00

Demonstration and march «NO HIV STIGMA»

Together we stand opposing stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. The motto is #NOHIVSTIGMA. It is not only for people with HIV, but all those who feel affected or in solidarity, such as LGBTI+, sex workers, migrants.
If you are an activist in particular, we need to see you at the demo.
Show your solidarity.
Support the anti-HIV stigma demo and let's say NO STIGMA together!
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Drag Roy-lälle-ty
08.11.2019 at 21:00

Drag Roy-lälle-ty

Parterre One and Odette Hella Grand are organizing the next annual drag queen contest - "Drag Roy-lälle-ty". This time they support NO STIGMA. Invited guests perform comedic sketches and contest participants can answer questions about HIV.
Let's laugh together to beat HIV stigma and experience a bit of "NO STIGMA world".
Everyone is invited.
Bring friends and together make a mark against discrimination!
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Milk Party Heaven
09.11.2019 from 23:00 to 07:00


They are young, wild and sexy. This night belongs to Generation Z - our newest night owls and party padawans. The Heaven opens its doors for those who are over 16 and want to spend a night together in the party sky. The Heaven Club is proud to support the NO HIV STIGMA Initiative during the European AIDS Conference in Switzerland.
No matter what your diagnosis is, it's important to live life to the fullest.
The MILK party is open, tolerant and welcomes all bodies & genders.
Be positive! Think positive! Dance positive!
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Press Release

Basel / Lenzburg, November 10, 2019

European AIDS Clinical Society congress, and the city of Basel, say “No to stigma, Yes to solidarity”


Press Release

Basel / Lenzburg, November 7, 2019

Demonstration against stigmatisation - community groups and medical professions come together in solidarity.

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