Press Release: European HIV/AIDS Archive launched

December 1, 2019



A living memory of the diverse struggle against the epidemic


The European HIV/AIDS Archive (EHAA) is an online collection of stories and materials  of the past, present and imagined futures of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe. Comprising oral history interviews from countries including Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Russia and the UK, the archive allows us to delve into the complex history of the European HIV epidemic. The online EHAA recently launched, marking the end of the international research project Disentangling European HIV/AIDS Policies: Activism, Citizenship and Health (EUROPACH). By the end of the year the archive will contain more than 100 interviews with more to come.


Serving as a living chronicle of the HIV epidemic in Europe, the EHAA shows the plurality of ways in which HIV/AIDS has been experienced, lived through, acted upon and challenged. The collection includes the personal accounts of people living with HIV/AIDS, representatives of communities impacted by the virus, advocates and activists, politicians and policy-makers, health care workers, employees of aid organisations, and artists. The archive demonstrates how AIDS activism has been built upon and led to unique forms of solidarity, empowerment, political intervention and organisations among people and groups with unequal access to rights and recognition. Learning from the past, is a task not often taken seriously enough, and in some quarters may be argued to have been actively resisted.  as self-evident as it may feel, is something to which peoples have proven resistant - perhaps increasingly so in recent years. This archive provides a valuable resource for appreciating and learning from a diversity of persons and groups who have been at the epicenter of the epidemic.

While international and national health governing bodies call for the “end of AIDS” by 2030, the World Health Organisation found the European region to have the second highest rate of new HIV infections in the world. With infection rates varying significantly across Europe and most affected populations, such disparities urge us to call into question the dominant narrative of a successful fight against the epidemic. Instead, they make us acknowledge an increasingly divided political landscape and a multiplicity of civil society responses to HIV/AIDS by sex workers, migrants, people who use drugs, prisoners and many more.


Further information and contact

The archive is hosted by Humboldt-University zu Berlin and accessible online:

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Człowiek żyjący z HIV w rodzinie i społeczeństwie

W dniu 25 i 26 listopada w Warszawie odbyła się XXVI Konferencja “Człowiek żyjący z HIV w rodzinie i społeczeństwie” organizowana przez Fundację Res Humanae. W trakcie konferencji Agata Dziuban i Justyna Struzik zaprezentowały projekt Europach w ramach sesji Historie polityk HIV/AIDS – archiwum społeczne aktywizmu. 

Badaczki przedstawiły także Europejskie Archiwum HIV/AIDS (European HIV/AIDS Archive, EHAA). Archiwum stało się punktem wyjścia do rozmowy o potrzebie i różnych strategiach budowania społecznych archiwów przedstawiających różne formy aktywizmu i polityk zdrowotnych. Razem z zaproszonymi gośćmi dyskutowano rolę pamięci o przeszłych wydarzeniach związanych z HIV w Polsce, a także społeczną potrzebą upamiętniania, tego co było. Udział w debacie wzięli: 

**Joanna Gałaj, Stowarzyszenie „Bądź z Nami”
***Wojciech Tomczyński, Ogólnopolska Sieć Osób Żyjących z HIV/AIDS „Sieć Plus”
***Krzysztof Kliszczyński, Lambda Warszawa
***Tomek Małkuszewski, Społeczny Komitet ds. AIDS
***Agata Stola, Fundacja Edukacji Społecznej


Zdjęcie: źródło - @ Facebook / Fundacja Res Humanae (od lewej - Wojciech Tomczyński, Agata Stola, Krzysztof Kliszczyński)

Ein Problem, andere Erfahrungen und Realitäten

Im Rahmen der Ausstellung "Problem gelöst? Geschichte(n) eines Virus" stellen EUROAPCH Teammitglieder, Zülfukar Çetin und Peter-Paul Bänziger, das Buch "Aids und HIV in der Türkei" am 10. November um 14 Uhr in der Shedhalle in Zürich vor. Sergiu Grimalschi von der Berliner Aidshilfe wird auch über die Situation in Russland und der Ukrain vortragen. Die Webseite der Ausstellung bietet mehr Information über das Begleitprogramm an.

Creative Sick States: AIDS, CANCER, HIV

On November, 8th in Poznań in Galeria Miejska Arsenał Agata Dziuban, Todd Sekuler and Justyna Struzik participated in an opening of the exhibition "Creative Sick States: AIDS, CANCER, HIV" during which they presented EUROPACH project and European HIV/AIDS Archive.

The exhibition has been curated by a research group: Luiza Kempińska, Paweł Leszkowicz, Zofia nierodzińska, Jacek Zwierzyński. 

"Creative Sick States: AIDS, CANCER, HIV is an art exhibition, though it also postulates access to knowledge. For that reason, apart from presenting art, we show visual, educational materials about HIV and AIDS, breast and prostate cancer, stoma and HPV. These materials deepen the therapeutic nature of the exposition, which is accompanied by meetings and workshops. Arsenal becomes a meeting point for art, education and care. In an interdisciplinary way, it breaks the boundaries among various areas of care about people and the environment, proving thus that a disease is not a private matter but a political one." 

Source: FB/Galeria Miejska Arsenał 



"Sie bekommen, was sie verdienen." HIV-positive Menschen in Haft

Herzliche Einladung zur Teilführung durch die Ausstellung "HIVstories - Living Politics" am Mittwoch, 6.11., 16-17:30h im Schwulen Museum in Berlin!

Zusammen mit Bärbel Knorr von der Deutschen AIDS-Hilfe werfen wir anhand
der Ausstellungsobjekte zum Thema HIV/AIDS und Haft einen Blick zurück
und diskutieren die zentralen Knackpunkte, Konflikte und die Frage,
welche Möglichkeiten Recht und Gesetz in Zeiten bieten, in denen
Inhaftierten weniger als Menschen und mehr als Sicherheitsrisiken
behandelt werden.

Die Veranstaltung ist Teil der Aktionstage Gefängnis.

Gutes Leben imaginieren – interdisziplinäre Gespräche zwischen Aktivismus, Kunst und Wissenschaft

Wir möchten Sie/Euch hiermit herzlich zum partizipativen Workshop Gutes Leben imaginieren – interdisziplinäre Gespräche zwischen Aktivismus, Kunst und Wissenschaft am kommenden Mittwoch den 23.10. mit Lea Dickopf (M.A.), Dr. Eugen Januschke, Tanja Gangarova und Vertreter*innen der Mobilen Theatergruppe AfroLebenPlus um 18Uhr im Schwulen Museum einladen:

Die Absicht des Workshops ist es durch ein sogenanntes „Austauschformat“ nicht nur die Diversität von HIV als gesellschaftliches Phänomen aufzuzeigen, sondern auch Raum für kritische Diskussionen über politische und gesellschaftliche Strukturen, medizinische Diskurse, Handlungsräume und Stereotypen, die häufig mit HIV verbunden werden und zur Stigmatisierung und Diskriminierung unterschiedlicher Gruppen beitragen können, zu schaffen.

Neben den verbalen Vorträgen wird es im Laufe des Workshops darüber hinaus einen kurzen künstlerischen Beitrag der Mobilen Theatergruppe AfroLebenPlus von der Deutschen Aidshilfe geben.

Aufgrund der begrenzten Anzahl der Teilnehmer*innen, bitten wir um eine Anmeldung im Vorfeld an die folgende E-Mail-Adresse: Der Workshop ist für alle Teilnehmer*innen umsonst. Er findet als Teil des Begleitprogramms zur Ausstellung "HIVstories: Living Politics", die noch bis zum 11. November zu besuchen ist, statt.

Exhibition Problem gelöst?

Problem gelöst? Geschichte(n) eines Virus


fragments/parts of the exhibition Problem solved? Stories of a virus

exhibition and events at Shedhalle Zurich 1 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

opening 31 October

The exhibition responds to the current mood on Hiv/ Aids, which today has largely lost its horror due to medical advancements. The fact that Hiv infection is no longer a certain death sentence, at least in Western countries, is a great relief.

Educational campaigns moved to preventive campaigns and general awareness on sexual health. Nevertheless, many people continue to be under-informed about the consequences of infections. This is accompanied by the stigmatization of people living with Hiv despite achievements in research and the medical practice to be able to treat Hiv as a chronicle disease, if medication is accessible. Much of the decade-long struggle for recognition and support has disappeared from the social memory. The problem is not solved yet.

With an interdisciplinary approach problem solved? stories of a virus tells the sociopolitical and aesthetic history of the so-called Aidscrisis of the 1980s and 1990s with the example of the city of Zurich, Switzerland and from the point of view of those affected.

The exhibit focuses on Hiv/Aids in the context of sociopolitical aspects, medical history, community work, culture of remembrance, proceeding from stories here in Zurich in the 80s and 90s and across boarders, reaching out to the global and local situation of today. We collaborate with different NGOs and institution, linking artistic positions with historical and current information, facts and activism. The exhibition implies topics that remain largely unlisted in the historical, institutional canon: effects, consequences and actions within the gay-lesbian-queer community and other affected groups; the numerous self-organized initiatives in terms of care but also on funeral and remembrance culture.

Using the example of the city of Zurich and Switzerland, the exhibition traces a “social aesthetics” characterized by the disappearance of individual bodies and the simultaneous emergence of solidary communities.

EUROPACH Closing Conference - Living Politics: Remembering HIV/AIDS Activism Tomorrow

Living Politics: Remembering HIV/AIDS Activism Tomorrow

12-13 September 2019 @ Refugio, Lenaustraße 3-4, 12047 Berlin, Germany

How are politics and life narratives in the fields of HIV/AIDS activism in Europe entangled?

The conference discusses the meaning, methods and importance of preserving histories of HIV/AIDS, and how these and other ongoing practices relate to current engagements with the epidemic. It brings together social science researchers, policy makers and representatives of NGOs and activist groups from the fields of HIV/AIDS, drug policy, LGBTQ rights, sex work, migration politics and prisons. The conference has been organised by the EUROPACH research team, which will present project outputs and concluding arguments about citizenship in Europe in relation to HIV/AIDS. It will celebrate the opening of the exhibition “HIVstories” at the Schwules Museum, and the launch of the EUROPACH contribution to the European HIV/AIDS Archive, which includes over 100 oral history interviews.

Conference language: English with translation on request. 

Click here to see the conference program

Register by 1 September 2019: 

10th European Conference on Prison Health Promotion, March 20 - 22, 2019 in Bonn (Germany)

Under the title "Making health promotion easy" the 10th European Conference for German speaking countries takes place in Bonn, Germany. Physicians, nurses, social worker, AIDS service organisations, scientists and policy-maker gather to discuss the improvement of prison health care and access to harm reduction and HIV prevention. You can register here.

A new book based on Europach research

A new book based on Europach research in Turkey has been recently published. The publication entitled "Aids und HIV in der Türkei Geschichten und Perspektiven einer emanzipatorischen Gesundheitspolitik" and edited by Zülfukar ÇetinPeter-Paul Bänziger is a unique collection of voices of activists, professionals, representatives of key populations and people living with HIV in Turkey. 

To learn more about the book, visit the website

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