This lecture will inform the participants, in a highly interactive and accessible way, about all the basic information surrounding the biology of HIV, the epidemiology of the infection, and the biochemistry behind the medication. The lecture will be followed by a workshop that aims to sensitize the participants on the molecular and biochemical processes involved in HIV infection and replication.
Lecture by Paulie Amanita Clderón-Cifuentes
Paulie Amanita is a Colombian Trans-activist openly living with HIV in Europe. With a background in microbiology and molecular biomedicine, Amanita conducted research in Mycology, Marine Microbiology and Cellular Stress Response for over 10 years.
Amanita worked as a contractor for Gilead Science doing HIV/AIDS Community Engagement and was the Chairwoman and project manager of the grass-roots organisation TransAktion until the winter of 2021. Amanita currently works as HIV Research and Advocacy officer at Transgender Europe (TGEU), and serves as expert for the European Commission, European Parliament, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Amanita is part of the ballroom scene of Berlin as a part of the House of Marciano.
Photo credit: Leoni Marie Hübner
Space for the workshop will be office space of TGEU, Transgender Europe e.V.:
TGEU is a member-based organisation created in 2005. Since then, TGEU has kept growing and established itself as a legitimate voice for the trans community in Europe and Central Asia with 200 member organisations in 48 different countries.
TGEU is registered as Transgender Europe e.V. With the inclusion of Central Asia in our regional scope in 2018, we mostly use the acronym TGEU in our communications to the public. Today, TGEU has an office in Berlin, Germany, as well as a team of 12 members of staff and a Board.
TGEU envisions a world free from discrimination where gender diversity is celebrated, where trans people are valued, and where trans movements are self-aware, intersectional, and evolving to meet the needs of a diverse and resilient community.
TGEU’s mission is to strengthen the rights and wellbeing of trans people in Europe and Central Asia. We strive to represent the diverse needs of our members within human rights mechanisms, build the capacity and skills of our members to meet the needs of local communities, and develop intersectional and decolonised programmes to build more resilient and connected trans movements.