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2nd UNNC HIV/AIDS Day Symposium: Let's end it!

A-06, Lord Dearing Building
02 December 2017 (09:00-17:30)

会议议程 Program


08.30 – 09.00


签到   Registration



简介   Introduction   (Giovanna Comerio)

09.10 – 09.20



Chair:   Professor Alain Chong, Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies

09.20 – 09.30


开幕致辞  Welcome  speech

Jenny   Dong, Deputy Party Secretary



开幕致辞  Welcome Speech

Li   Dak Sum Chair Professor in Health Economics, Zhuo Chen

09.40 – 10.30

主旨演讲   Keynote Speech

Yingying DING

HIV   infection and aging-related comorbidities in China

10.30 – 10.35

合照 Photograph

10.35 – 10.45

茶歇 Tea   break

10.45– 11.45

Hang   HONG

AIDS   in Ningbo and challenges to AIDS prevention


Weiming TANG

Crowdsourcing to promote HIV testing

12.45 – 14.00





Suicidal   behavior and its changes among newly diagnosed people living with HIV in   Changsha City: a one-year follow-up study



Xia WU

Reinforcing Youth   Power – peer education and HIV/AIDS


茶歇 Tea   break




Is monogamy   a solution to avoid HIV/AIDS?


闭幕致辞Concluding   remarks

Chair:   Professor Geoff Hall, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Keynote speech: Dr. Yingying DING – Associate Professor of Epidemiology – School of Public Health – Fudan University

HIV infection and aging-related comorbidities in China

The introduction of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) has dramatically reduced AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected individuals, resulting in a longer life expectancy. However, comorbidities that increase with age are more prevalent in HIV-infected persons than in HIV-uninfected persons at every age, and frailty and geriatric syndromes occur earlier in HIV-infected persons. HIV-infected individuals may not only be aging chronologically but also undergoing accelerated biological aging. In 2016, China updates its national treatment guidelines to treat all thus age-related non-AIDS conditions will become major health concerns in China as in developed countries. Our studies show that HIV infection is independently associated with increased prevalence of age-related non-AIDS morbidities and shorter telomere length. cART may mitigate or slow the development of liver fibrosis and HIV-associated renal disease, with some exceptions where cART leads to progression in liver fibrosis and renal damage.

Yingying Ding, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Ding holds a PhD in Epidemiology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012. Dr. Ding has worked on HIV/AIDS epidemiology for more than 10 years. Dr. Ding’s current research primarily focuses on HIV and aging-related comorbidities, drug abuse and HIV/STI. She has authored or coauthored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.

Speech: Dr. Hang HONG – Attending Physician, Associate Director, Institute of Venereal Disease and AIDS Control and Prevention, the Ningbo Center for Disease Control and Prevention

AIDS in Ningbo and challenges to AIDS prevention

Ningbo has witnessed a growing number of AIDS cases in recent years. A total of 10 administrative regions in Ningbo have AIDS cases but the growth rate is unevenly distributed spatially. The ratio between male and female AIDS victims is 5.7 to 1. The risk of acquiring AIDS is the highest among people aged between 15 and 35. While the overall risk declines when people reach 35, it drops slowly when people hit their 50s and even increases when people are in their 60s. Men aged 35 and below are more likely to acquire HIV by having sex with men while men over 35 tend to be infected via heterosexual contact. In terms of the group who acquired HIV by sexual contact, 40% of them are infected through homosexual contract. The prevalence of AIDS in Ningbo is low and its growth rate has been flat for years. New HIV diagnosis rate among gay men stays high and the HIV cases grow relatively fast among those aged over 50. Sexual contact is the main route of HIV transmission in Ningbo. HIV has spread from high-risk groups such as drug users to common people. To gay men, new drugs and mobile dating apps are risk factors to acquire HIV. The rising proportion of commercially sexual behavior among the male elders leads to increases in new HIV diagnosis among their spouses. Furthermore, the AIDS cases among the people aged between 15 and 24 have ascended rapidly. These are challenges we are facing to prevent AIDS in our city.

Hang Hong is an Attending Physician and Associate Director, Institute of Venereal Disease and AIDS Control and Prevention, the Ningbo Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also the Youth committee of the Ningbo Preventive Medicine Association on Epidemiology and the council member of Ningbo Family Planning Association. Hong has published over 10 academic publications in high quality journals, 8 of which are included in Science Citation Index (SCI). He is the co-author of a published book. He oversees the provincial level research program on medical and health and research project under Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau.

Speech: Dr. Weiming TANG – Assistant Director of UNC Project-China,

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Crowdsourcing to Expand HIV Testing Services: A Pragmatic, Stepped Wedge Randomized Controlled Trial

HIV testing is essential to HIV care and treatment, yet large numbers of key populations in low and middle-income countries do not receive HIV testing. Crowdsourcing may be a useful tool to expand HIV testing services. This study used a stepped wedge randomized controlled trial to evaluate a crowdsourcing intervention to increase HIV test uptake among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. The intervention was evaluated using a stepped wedge RCT in eight Chinese cities over 12 months. MSM without HIV testing in the past three months were recruited from each of the eight cities through BlueD. The primary outcome was HIV testing in the past three months and secondary outcomes included HIV self-testing, and WeChat use. Results of this study suggests that crowdsourcing may be an effective tool to develop community-based HIV testing services for MSM. Participatory activities may be particularly useful to solicit online and in-person feedback from youth. This study has implications for the scale-up of HIV testing services among key populations. 

Dr. Weiming Tang’s research areas include epidemiologic methodology, longitudinal data analysis, epidemiological and social and behavioral aspects of HIV/STDs. He conducted randomized control trials, cohorts, cross-sectional studies among MSM, FSWs, IDUs and other populations. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. He published in journals such as Clinical Infectious Disease, Bulletin of WHO, Scientific Reports, Journal of International AIDS Society, Journal of AIDS, HIV Medicine, STD, STI.

Speech: Dr. Dan LUO – Professor of Social Medicine and Health Management in the Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University

Suicidal behavior and its changes among newly diagnosed people living with HIV in Changsha City: a one-year follow-up study

People newly-diagnosed with HIV are at high risk of taking their own lives. Our study aimed to examine the trajectories of suicidal behaviors among people who are newly diagnosed with HIV living in Changsha City and to investigate the related predictors.

We recruited newly diagnosed HIV patients from the Changsha CDC and Changsha Infectious Disease Hospital. A total of 855 newly diagnosed HIV patients were selected for the study, 557 (65.1%) were enrolled at baseline, 410 (73.6%) completed the follow-up survey after one year.

At baseline, 27.1% (n=111) of them had considered suicide in their lifetime; and 24.4% (n=100) had suicidal ideation after diagnosis. A significant decline in the number of suicidal ideation in the year (P<0.001) between baseline (n=102) and follow-up (n=62) was reported. Compared with the baseline survey, suicidal ideation rate had decreased at 1-year follow-up, but the time was not statistically significant associated with the change of suicidal ideation. Participants with HIV-related clinical symptoms having depression and anxiety symptoms were more likely to have suicidal ideation in the past year (P < 0.05), while social support was the protection factor of suicidal (P < 0.05).

We concluded that monitoring and interventions are needed to reduce the substantial mortality and morbidity associated with suicidal behaviors among people living with HIV, especially at the early stage after being diagnosed. 

Dan Luo, PhD., earned her doctorate in Social Medicine and Health Management from Central South University (China) and Master degree of Clinical Psychology from Kagoshima University (Japan). She is now a professor of Social Medicine and Health Management in the Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University. Her research interests include social epidemiology of health-related behaviors, particularly health-risking behaviors among people living with HIV; and health care management, particularly mental health care and policy in rural and remote areas of China.

Speech: Dr. Xia WU – Head of Youth Reproductive Health Program, Students’ Mental Health Advisor, Ningbo College of Health Sciences

Reinforcing Youth Power – peer education and HIV/AIDS

In 2009,a training program for youth reproductive health was introduced in Ningbo College of Health Sciences, which was designed by China Family Planning Association (CFPA) and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). This program is based on peer-education activities, in which senior medical students were trained and used as peer educators to teach their junior peers about HIV/AIDS. Both questionnaire surveys and qualitative researches were used to evaluate this training program and its contributions to HIV/AIDS prevention. The results showed this program has significant impacts on the outcomes of HIV/AIDS knowledge,

Dr Xia Wu is Head of Youth Reproductive Health Program, Students’ Mental Health Advisor, Ningbo College of Health Sciences.

Speech: dr. Bibo ZHOU –  Associate Senior Doctor, Ningbo Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Is monogamy the solution to AIDS? 

Dr. Bibo Zhou is the head of the department for Prevention and Treatment of TB and AIDS. He is a member of the 16th Standing Committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference of Yinzhou District (Ningbo).