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

Sculpture: ‘Bad-bad boy’ by Tommi Toija

Program /

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’

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

Opening ceremonies

  • Welcoming speeches
  • Music
  • Heikki Peltola: Reflections of Infectious Diseases in Music
  • Alexandre Wenger: The prophylaxis of syphilis: history, arts, cinema

Chairs: TBA

  • Catriona Bradshaw: Mycoplasma genitalium – Management in the time of multi-drug resistance
  • John White: Gonorrhea: update 2017
  • Jorma Paavonen: HPV: what’s new

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

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

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

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

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

You are invited to submit an abstract for the IUSTI 2017 Congress. Much of the success of any congress depends on the quality and range of abstracts.  We are interested in giving an opportunity not only for the invited speakers but also for everyone interested in sharing their work and enthusiasm with colleagues.

Please consider submitting an abstract either reporting scientific work and reporting recent innovations or interventions, results or case studies within the scope of the Congress.

The abstract must be in English and should not exceed 250 words and it should not contain illustrations.

The deadline for abstract submission is 2 May 2017.

Abstracts will be published in the Congress Program Booklet.

The organisers will grant support for 20 residents, PhD students or nurses who have an accepted abstract. Application should be done along abstract submission. The support will be equivalent to the registration fee.

Please note that registration (with a payment) is a condition for absract accpetance.

Abstracts /

Submission link.


  • Abstracts must be in English.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 250 words, title included.
  •  The title should be concise and descriptive of the work to be reported.  It should not exceed 20 words and must be written in CAPITAL letters.
  • The author submitting the abstract should appear as the first named author.  The first author is expected to be also the presenter. Give the authors names: Surname, First Name(s) of each author.  Indicate with number(s) the affiliation(s).
  • The names of authors, names of hospitals, medical schools or clinics are not to be mentioned in the title or text of the abstract.
  •  Use Arabic numerals for all numbers except at the beginning of a sentence where they should be written out. Use standard abbreviations and symbols. Keep abbreviations to a minimum and define each one when it is used for the first time.
  • Abstracts are not edited by the organisers and author corrections will NOT be accepted after final submission. Abstracts should therefore be checked carefully for accuracy prior to submission.
  • You should indicate one topic from the list that best suits your paper. The topics are used by the Scientific Committee to place abstracts in the most appropriate sessions.


It is recommended that the text of the abstract should include:

  • INTRODUCTION / BACKGROUND. A statement of the purpose of the study / project / description of activity (preferably in one sentence)
  • AIMS
  • METHODS. A brief description of the methods used
  • RESULTS. A summary of the results obtained / experiences gained in sufficient detail
  • CONCLUSIONS. Theoretical and/or practical implications
  • Do not submit attachments, slides, or any reference materials with the abstract.
  • Please do not give any figures or tables in the abstract.

The organisers reserve the right either to accept or reject an abstract, and to designate papers either for oral or poster presentation and to choose a suitable session for each presentation.

Notice of acceptance will be e-mailed to submitting authors by 20 May 2017.

Abstracts without a paid registration fee will not be included in the congress programme.










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 22 May

23 May – 21 August

22 August –





IUSTI member




Nurse/ Trainee (under 30)




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

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

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 accpeted.


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/

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 1-2 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.


Exhibition Prospectus
Application form
Floor plan

News /

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)