Arda Karapınar

Founder and President, Red Ribbon Istanbul, Turkey

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Arda Karapınar is an activist, politician and founder of NGO Red Ribbon Istanbul, Turkey's leading HIV civil society organisation, which was established in 2016. It offers evidence-based treatment and aims to raise awareness on HIV and provide information to people living with HIV in İstanbul.

Between 2010 and 2015, Arda acted as Secretary General for the Positive Living Association during which time he completed the NGO Management and Advocacy programme at Bilgi University. In 2014, he designed a project with some of Turkey’s leading writers, to create the book Bana Bi'Şey Olmaz [Nothing Will Happen to Me: HIV Positive Stories] – a collection of stories about people living with HIV in Turkey. Later, in 2015, he became a deputy candidate for Turkey's only Liberal political party, Liberal Democratic Party, before being elected to Vice President in 2017. In 2017, as guest-honour speaker, Arda gave the opening speech for the 10th anniversary of Antwerp (Belgium) Pride. He also took a leading role in writing Turkey’s first joint declaration for World AIDS Day on 1 December 2017.

Arda Karapınar is a public voice for Turkey’s people living with HIV community having spoken in the media and at various high level national and international meetings, such as IAS2017, EACS2017 and AIDS2018. In 2019, he gave a speech at the European Parliament about Turkey's HIV story. Arda is also a member of various international level organisations, including: European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), International AIDS Society (IAS), and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group.

Bruce Richman

Founding Executive Director, Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U), United States

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Bruce Richman is the founding executive director of Prevention Access Campaign's Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U), a growing movement in nearly 100 countries, united to share the revolutionary but largely unknown fact that people living with HIV on treatment with an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. Bruce, Prevention Access Campaign and U=U have been featured extensively in national and international media including The Washington Post, CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, NPR, China Global Television, CBC Canada, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The Lancet. Bruce was honoured as Healthline magazine's HIV ‘2017 Person of the Year’ and one of Plus Magazine’s ‘#1 Most Amazing HIV+ People of 2018’. He received the 2017 Partnership Award from the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

Bruce has worked in philanthropy and social change for over 25 years developing  cause-related initiatives for high profile people and brands. He received his Master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Catarina Esteves

Nurse, Cascais Hospital, Portugal

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Catarina Esteves has over 15 years of experience working with people living with HIV within the outpatient ambulatory clinic of Cascais Hospital. She works as a trainer and lecturer for a range of courses and events, including the Portuguese Council of Nurses, and primarily focuses on the areas of nursing and HIV in adults, ageing in HIV, substance abuse and paediatrics. In addition to this, she is a consultant for the pharmaceutical industry, and is author/co-author of several scientific publications. 

Since 2007, Catarina has acted as a commissary for the European HIV Nursing Network and is proud of her achievement in bringing together a group of experienced HIV nurses to standardise and quantify the value of the role of nursing. Since 2018, Catarina has also integrated the executive board in the Portuguese Association for the study of AIDS.

Charlie Hughes

HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist and Research Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK

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Charlie Hughes has worked as an HIV clinical nurse specialist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for the past 14 years. In addition to her clinical role, she is very interested in research, and recent studies include the Advanced Nurse Contribution to HIV Services (ANCHIVS; 2015). To enhance and support her practical research skills she completed an MSc in Clinical Research in 2016. 

Charlie is currently contributing to a service development project looking at a community-delivered nursing intervention to improve engagement of HIV patients in care and treatment. 

Charlie also facilitates the South Yorkshire HIV Network – Patient and Public Involvement group for HIV Research.

Professor Christoph Spinner

Consultant Physician and Head of the HIV and Infectious Disease Unit, University Hospital rechts der Isar, and Adjunct Teaching Professor in Internal Medicine, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

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Christoph D. Spinner is an adjunct teaching professor in internal medicine at the Technical University of Munich and a consultant physician in infectious diseases (ID) at the University Hospital rechts der Isar in Munich, Germany. He attended medical school at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany) with an internship at Zurich University Hospital (Zurich, Switzerland), as well as at Groote-Schuur-Hospital (Cape Town, South Africa). 

Dr Spinner is head of the HIV and ID unit managing the in- and outpatient clinic, for patients with HIV, AIDS and other general ID problems. The university-based clinic offers diagnosis, treatment and access to studies for mainly HIV patients in the greater area of Munich. Dr Spinner’s research focuses on novel treatment aspects, such as novel treatment strategies, as well as prevention of HIV and sexual transmitted infections in general. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, he became commissioner of the hospital and was involved in several registrational COVID-19 treatment trials and research on SARS-CoV-2.