Expert point-of-view on impact of service closures due to COVID-19

As part of our online activities, we asked experts in the HIV, viral hepatitis and/or STI field to share their thoughts and point-of-view on the impact of service closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and their recommendations for services/communities/policy makers in the future. 

Ricardo Fernandes is working in the HIV field for more than a decade. He has a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the Faculty of Arts, University of Lisbon. He has been working in several Portuguese NGOs in the HIV field since 2000, mainly in project and services coordination. He is the Executive Director of GAT - Portuguese Group Treatment Activist on HIV / AIDS (GAT) - He is currently the Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG - Co-organiser of several Portuguese conferences and co-author of studies and articles mainly in stigma, diagnose and late presentation.