31st Congress of IUSTI-Europe on Sexually Transmitted Infections

31 August – 2 September | Helsinki, Finland 2017


31 August - 2 September 2017


Helsinki, Finland


The world is changing faster than ever before, and the needs to stay in front of many trends is increasingly challenging. Nobody won’t get ahead by hiding behind old habits and skills, everyone needs to collaborate with the smartest minds in the field. Scientific congresses are still the best way to do that.

Thus, we invite you to take part in the 31st Congress of IUSTI -Europe on Sexually Transmitted Infections to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 31 August – 2 September 2017. Come and hear the newest developments. But not only that;  come and see your colleagues and friends and spend a few interesting, fruitful and also relaxing days in Helsinki.

Lonely Planet ranked Finland third on its Best in Travel 2017 list. Finland is the only European country to make it to the top ten. So do take some time to see Helsinki and surroundings. See also Finland’s big year 2017, and where a small country can jump to the top of the world.

The congress will be held in Marina Congress Centre, a fabulous congress venue in the heart of Helsinki.

You are warmly welcome!


Eija Hiltunen-Back, Congress Chair

31st Congress of IUSTI-Europe on Sexually Transmitted Infections

31 August – 2 September | Helsinki, Finland 2017


Sculpture: ‘Bad-bad boy’ by Tommi Toija

Program and Abstracts /

Confirmed speakers include

Manuel Battegay
‘HIV: A decade after the Swiss Statement – TasP and PrEP’

Catriona Bradshaw
‘Mycoplasma genitalium – Management in the time of multi-drug resistance’

David A. Lewis
What is an STI?’

Jorma Paavonen
HPV: what is new?’

Heikki Peltola
‘Reflections of Infectious Diseases in Music’

John White
‘Gonorrhea: update 2017’

Alexandre Wenger
‘The prophylaxis of syphilis: history, arts, cinema’

Charlotte A. Gaydos
‘Point of care tests: clinical use in 2017’

Tarja Halonen
‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
– An Eternal Challenge?’

Satellite symposium speakers include

Caitriona Ryan
‘Hidradenitis Suppurativa –
what do I need to know about this hidden disease?’

Jørgen Jensen:
Mycoplasma genitalium – the first incurable bacterial STI?

David Whiley:
Enhancing AMR surveillance and treatment of gonorrhoeaby molecular methods

The congress will start on Thursday 31 August at 16:30 with the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception. Program Draft you will find here.

Abstract submission is closed.  Thank you for all who submitted.

CME credits applied (ECMEC).

Opening ceremonies


Eija Hiltunen-Back & Stephan Lautenschlager


  • Former President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – An Eternal Challenge?
  • Professor Heikki Peltola: Reflections of Infectious Diseases in Music
  • Professor Alexandre Wenger:  The prophylaxis of syphilis: history, arts, cinema

Case reports

Case reports (10 minutes each) Chairs:tbc
  • Susanne Buder: Isolated gonococcal tendovaginitis of the forearm as clinical presentation of disseminated gonococcal infection
  • David Garcia-Hernandez:  Intestinal spirochetosis, a sexually transmissible infection? Review of six cases from two sexually transmitted infections centres in Barcelona
  • Anna Rammlmair:  Maculopapular rash under TNF-alpha blocker therapy
  • Brigitta Mezõ: Syphilis infection in siblings
  • Christian Greis: Tinea genitalis: A new entity of sexually transmitted infection?
  • Giang Huong Nguyen: Nympho-hymenal tear: a distinctive entity?
  • Claude Luder: Syphilis
  • Natasha Tsekova Traykovicj: Morbus Bowen and Bowenoid papulosis in renal transplant patient.
  • Marijana Vicic: Lymphogranuloma venereum infection in a young sailor?

Chairs: TBA

  • Catriona Bradshaw: Mycoplasma genitalium – Management in the time of multi-drug resistance
  • John White: Gonorrhea: update 2017
  • Charlotte Gaydos: Point of care tests: clinical use in 2017

E-sexual health: how can apps and technology help you?

Chair: Andrew Winter
  • Teymur Noori: ‘STI prevention in Europe – social media, apps and new technology’
  • Anatole Mehnon-Johnson: How can apps and smart technology change our work?
  • Jo Gibbs : STI information apps - challenges and potential
  • Tariq Sadiq: E-labs: how technology can transform diagnostics

What’s hot in HIV?

Chair: Deniz Gokengin Co-Chair: Mike Youle
  • Mike Youle: The art of antiretroviral treatment
  • Christina Mussini: Late presentation: Is it still a burning issue?
  • Deniz Gökengin: HIV care in Central and Eastern Europe: how far are we from the target?
  • Michelle Hanlon: PREP -Real life experience from Norway

Genital pain syndromes- clinical challenge

Chair: Jorma Paavonen
  • Josef Beatrice: Male aspects and classification
  • Päivi Tommola: Vulvodynia; etiopathogenesis and pain mechanisms
  • Gilbert Donders: Conservative management of vulvar pain syndrome
  • Jorma Paavonen: Surgical management by vestibulectomy

Changing infections

Chair: Stephan Lautenschlager
  • David A. Lewis: The re-emergence of H. ducreyi in dermato-venereology
  • Peter Itin: Syphilis: covert presentations.
  • Catriona Bradshaw: Microbial changes and factors associated with the development of BV.
  • Kees Rietmeijer: Changing world of STI-care

Free papers

Free papers (10 minutes each) Chairs:  tbc
  • Aebi-Popp: Rationale for prioritizing sti-screening among asymptomatic female sex workers in Switzerland
  • Al Rifai: Global epidemiology of chlamydia trachomatis among infertile populations: a systematic review and meta-analysis
  • Allibardi: Evaluation of a new home-based self-vaginal collection kit to detect chlamydia trachomatis and neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Cannon: A comparison of observed counselling of the patient with hsv-2 and that which is reported by clinicians
  • Espasa: New program for rapid detection and early treatment of sexually transmitted infections in asymptomatic population with sexual risk behaviors in Barcelona
  • Götz: Patient initiated partner therapy for chlamydia: attitude of physicians and nurses in sexual health centres in The Netherlands
  • Kale:  Detection of mutations associated with macrolide resistance in mycoplasma genitalium from clinical specimens
  • Kenyon: The global patterning of stis over the past century suggests that differential network connectivity played an important role
  • Le Roy: Prospective clinical evaluation of the aptima mycoplasma genitalium assay (ce-ivd) in France

HPV – clinical challenges today

Chair: Arne Wikström,
  • Stina Syrjänen: Oral manifestations of HPV infection
  • Petra Tunbäck: HPV in children
  • Anne Olsen: anal HPV infection
  • Arne Wickström: Treatment of genital warts

Chairs: TBA

  • David A. Lewis: What is an STI?
  • Manuel Battegay: HIV: A decade after the Swiss Statement – TasP and PrEP
  • Charlotte A. Gaydos: title tba
  • Jorma Paavonen: HPV: what’s new

Anorectal sex and its role in STI transmission

Chair: Henry de Vries
  • Raj Patel: Herpetic and gonorrhoeal proctitis
  • Henry de Vries: Chlamydial proctitis including lymphogranuloma venereum
  • John White: Syphilitic proctitis and rectal HIV transmission

Genital Herpes-Update 2017

  • Raj Patel: Genital Herpes-Update 2017
  • Debate:  Herpes: Kiss and tell…or not?
  • For: Peter Greenhouse, Against: Colm O’Mahony

ECDC-symposium: STI threats in Europe

ECDC symposium: STIs in Europe: new trends and old foes Chairs:  Otilia Mårdh and Keith Radcliffe
  • Gianfranco Spiteri: Trends of bacterial sexually transmitted infections in Europe
  • Magnus Unemo: Recent trends in gonococcal resistance
  • Julien Beauté: Travel-associated gonorrhoea in four Nordic countries
  • Patricia Ndumbi: Hepatitis A outbreak affecting men who have sex with men (MSM) in Europe

Free papers

Free papers (10 minutes each) Chairs: tbc
  • Martinelli: Detection and quantitation of human papillomavirus DNA in plasma samples of women with cervical dysplasia
  • Mokany: Detection of genital lesion producing pathogens using plexpcr multiplex assay
  • Nagy: HIV entry inhibition by thiolated nucleotides
  • Patel: A service evaluation of a queue management system to limit patient waiting times in a same day sexual health service
  • Perry: Evaluation of the SPEEDX plexpcr HSV-1&2/VZV/syphilis assay using three hundred clinical samples in a diagnostic laboratory
  • Pinto-Sander:  Acute hepatitis c in HIV negative men who have sex with men (MSM) who do not report injecting drug use
  • Rowley: Home Sexual Health Screening - A Glance at our First Nine Months
  • Whiley: Use of molecular methods to enhance Neisseria Gonorrhoeae antimicrobial resistance surveillance
  • White: Understanding attitudes to the diagnosis of mycoplasma genitalium infection: a modified delphi approach to obtain a United Kingdom (UK) perspective

Iusti Advanced Course /

IUSTI Advanced Course

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the IUSTI Advanced Course on Sexually Transmitted Infections 2017: Test and Treat which will be held in conjunction with the IUSTI Europe Conference as a pre-meeting from August 30 to August 31, 2017.

The course is particularly aimed at young clinicians developing an interest in sexually transmitted infections, but all are invited. Well known European and local Finnish experts will present an update on diagnostic technologies and summarize the most recent treatment recommendations. Please find the preliminary programme.

The fee for 2 day course is €250 which will cover all course materials, refreshments and lunch. There is a €50 discount for delegates also attending the conference. This will be applied at the time of registration.

Registration and accommodation booking, please use this link to register.


We are delighted to announce that IUSTI Europe will support attendance at the course with five scholarships to help cover registration fees, travel and accommodation. The total amount of each scholarship will be €700.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must be:

  • a full member of IUSTI
  • younger than 35 years

Applications, in the form of a short (2 pages or less) curriculum vitae should be sent to:  iustieuropesecretary@gmail.com  by 30th June 2017



Social program /

All congress delegates are welcome to join the Reception at the City Hall by the city of Helsinki on Thursday 31 August. Reception is included in the registration fee.

Networking Evening will take place on Saturday 2 September at NJK,  the villa-type restaurant located on the small island of Valkosaari and built in 1900. It is one of the best locations for festivities during the summer season. The tall, spacious Middle room is surrounded by a bright covered veranda with large windows and a great view.
Networking Evening fee is  €100.

Please sign-up for the events when you register for the congress.

Restaurant NJK, the villa-type restaurant, located on the small island of Valkosaari is the site for the Networking Evening.

Registration and accommodation /


Please register here: IUSTI2017 registration

Registration fees in EUR

Until 31 May

1 June  -21 August

22 August –





IUSTI member




Nurse/ Trainee (under 30)




IUSTI Advanced course & congress




IUSTI Advanced course only




Accompanying persons’ fee 200 EUR includes the receptions and the closing dinner.

The congress registration fees include the congress program and materials, lunch and coffee on Friday-Saturday, reception on Thursday.

IUSTI-members, please prepare to prove your membership!

Payment method

The payment should be done by a credit card (visa, mastercard) at the time of registration. In Finland it is also possible to make a bank transfer (verkkolasku).  Registrations without a valid payment are not accepted.


Hotel Scandic Grand Marina

This is the official congress hotel and situated opposite to Marina Congress Center.

€ 162 /starndard single room/ night
€ 182 /standard double room/ night

These fees include VAT and breakfast.

Accommodation at this hotel can be booked only along congress registration. A minimum of one night’s deposit will be charged to guarantee the reservation.

Address: Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki
Tel. +358 (0)9 16 661

Hotel Katajanokka

Hotel Katajanokka is a lifestyle hotel, renovated into the historic premises of former Helsinki county prison.  It is situated within 5 minutes walk from Marina Congress Center.

€  129/standard single room/night.
Fee includes VAT and breakfast.

Reservation should be made directly to the hotel and no later than 30 July. After that the hotel will release the allotment and the special rate will not be valid after 30 July.

Tel.                      +358 (0)9 686 450
E-mail                 reception@hotelkatajanokka.fi

Credit card details (number and expiry date) are required for guarantee.

Reservations  should be made latest on 30.7.2017. After that the hotel will release the allotment and the special rate. Reservation code is ‘IUSTI’.

Organisers also recommend hotel Lilla Roberts, newly renovated in a former police station.

More information and reservations please see:  https://www.lillaroberts.com/en/

Please see also these options:

Exhibition & sponsoring /

We warmly welcome you to participate in the exhibition or co-operate in other ways.
We believe that our co-operation will stimulate and grow the interest in the field of treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

The exhibition will be held on 31 August -2 September. Lunch and coffee will be served in the exhibition area.

We have reserved slots for satellite / industry symposia in the congress program.

For more information please download the brochure and forms below.

Following companies have agreed to co-operate with the congress:

  • AbbVie Oy
  • BD Life Sciences
  • Cepheid
  • Euroimmun AG
  • Gilead Sciences Finland
  • GSK
  • Ha U Dong Chun Co. Ltd
  • Hologic Hub Ltd
  • Sekisui Diagnostics
  • SpeeDx Pty. Ltd



Exhibition Prospectus
Application form
Floor plan

News /

If you wish to explore Helsinki by bike there is a super good option to hire a city bike. only for the price of 5€ per day. See the web site for more information.

Helsinki offers also a lot of culture during the IUSTI congress evenings. Do check the Helsinki Festival program: http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/en/programme/

If you wish to follow how the congress is organised please check Iusti2017 on Instagram.

More information of the practical arrangements please contact:

Spring is soon in Helsinki.

(photo Maria Fremer)

Organisers /

The congress is organised by the Finnish Society against STIs together with the European branch of the International Union against STIs.

Organising Committee
Eija Hiltunen-Back (Committee Chair)

Jorma Paavonen
Mirja Puolakkainen
Annamari Ranki
Jukka Suni

Aira Raudasoja (Committee Secretary)

IUSTI Europe Officers
Regional Director: Dr. Airi Poder (Estonia)
Chair: Dr. Claudia Heller-Vitouch (Austria)
Treasurer: Prof. Mihael Gomberg (Russia)
General Secretary: Dr. Jackie Sherrard (UK)
Editor in Chief Guidelines:Dr Keith Radcliffe (UK)
International development: Prof. Mihael Skerlev (Croatia)
Scientific policy:Prof. Derek Freedman (Ireland)

LOC membes Merja, Eija, Jukka and Annamari.
Stephan Lautenschlager, Scientifc Committee Chair

International Scientific Committee
Stephan Lautenschlager (Committee Chair)

Marco Cusini   (Italy)
Henry de Vries (Netherlands)
Gilbert Donders (Belgium)
Candida Fernandes (Portugal)
Derek Freedman (Ireland)
Deniz Gokengin (Turkey)
Claudia Heller-Vitouch (Austria)
Eija Hiltunen-Back (Finland)
Michel Janier (France)
Harald Moi (Norway)
Karoly Nagy (Hungary)
Electra Nikolaidou (Greece)
Anne Olsen (Norway)
Jorma Paavonen (Finland)
Valeska Padovese (Malta)
Raj Patel (UK)
Airi Poder (Estonia)
Mirja Puolakkainen (Finland)
Annamari Ranki (Finland)
Jackie Sherrard (UK)
Joergen Skov Jensen (Denmark)
Angelika Stary (Austria)
Marti Vall Mayans (Spain)
Willem I. van der Meijden (Netherlands)
Arne Wikström (Sweden)
Andy Winter (UK)