Luís Mendão concluded his studies in biochemistry in 1983 at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, in Paris. Luís Mendão is currently the Chair of the Board of GAT – Treatment Activist Group, an NGO founded in 2001, focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis while working with key populations. He is also the founder and on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Prohibitionist Association (SOMA-APA). Currently, he co-chairs the Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS at the European Commission and he’s Chair of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG). Luís Mendão also integrates to the Steering Committee of the HIVPORTUGAL initiative. In the last ten years, he has been community consultant of the Regional Office of the World Health Organization Europe (WHO Europe), EMCDDA and ECDC. Luís Mendão was diagnosed with HIV and HCV in 1996.