AIDS 2018 Conference

The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 23-27 July 2018 and featured hundreds of exciting sessions, events and exhibitions covering all the latest in HIV and AIDS research and programming.

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Podcast: Combination Prevention and AIDS 2018

In this episode, featuring Ambassador Deborah Birx, we take a look at one area of great importance that was center stage at last month’s AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam: primary prevention.
Post-ACT Initiative AIDS 2018 satellite recording

Post-ACT Initiative AIDS 2018 satellite recording

The Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative was a public-private partnership that expanded pediatric HIV services in nine sub-Saharan African countries from 2014-2016, providing treatment to more than 560,000 children living with HIV.

Bill Clinton

AIDS 2018: Finding ways to break barriers and build bridges to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment

People infected and affected by HIV face multiple, far-reaching barriers every day – from structural barriers affecting their access to services and care, to societal and scientific barriers keeping them from enjoying healthy, safe, and full lives. We highlight some of these barriers, and what innovative approaches are being developed to bridge them.
MTV Shuga

Using media for good: MTV Shuga’s role in promoting sexual and reproductive health among youth

One of the most powerful plenaries during AIDS 2018 took place on the final morning, under the theme Building bridges for the next generation, featuring MTV Shuga, a behavior change and demand creation campaign which seeks to impact young people and fight HIV.
Elizabeth Wetzel and Tapiwa Tembo present Tingathe program findings at AIDS 2018

The power of data

Data helps provide insight into what is working and what needs to be changed to improve outcomes along the HIV cascade of care. The Tingathe Outreach Program uses monitoring & evaluation and research data to provide the highest quality services and most cost-effective strategies to support patients and providers along the HIV cascade. At AIDS 2018, Tingathe presented on how they use data to inform the program.
Bheki Moyo, Managing Director of Grassroots Soccer Zimbabwe, shares his personal connection to some of the key messages at AIDS 2018 and the top three things he will take home with him after the conference.

My key takeaways from AIDS 2018: We need to better reach youth and men

Bheki Moyo, Managing Director of Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe, shares his personal connection to some of the key messages at AIDS 2018 and the top three things he will take home with him after the conference.
OPTIONS pre-conference at AIDS 2018

Driving demand creation for oral PrEP: Insight to impact

In the early stages of oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation, two key elements to a successful program have emerged: implementation science to inform rollout and demand creation strategies to promote the product. The pre-conference session ‘Insight to Impact: Driving Demand Creation for HIV Prevention’, organized by the OPTIONS Consortium explored the intersections of public health science and marketing and communications to understand how to drive demand for HIV prevention.
Taonga blog

“We are not defined by our status”: Addressing young people’s needs holistically

Young people living with HIV are not just a statistic, we are not defined by our status. There is more to us and to our needs than just our HIV status. This is one of the key messages that I hope gets amplified at the 2018 International AIDS Conference.


The key to my health is in my own pocket – Gcobisa shares her AIDS 2018 experience

Gcobisa Madlolo, a young woman from South Africa, proud pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) user, and now a global ambassador, shares her AIDS 2018 experience.
JIAS supplement

New journal supplement on key populations is here!

The USAID– and PEPFAR-supported LINKAGES project is excited to announce the arrival of a new supplement in the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) titled Optimizing the Impact of Key Population Programming Across the HIV Cascade.
Leave no child behind

Leaving no child behind: best practices and lessons learned from the ACT initiative

Bright and early Wednesday morning, nine speakers and more than 70 participants from international development organizations, donor agencies, and academia gathered at AIDS 2018 to discuss best practices and lessons learned from The Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT), reflecting how we can sustain and continue to accelerate progress in reaching children and adolescents living with HIV. Participants asked thoughtful questions and engaged in lively discussion with the panel of speakers, including reflection on challenges with case identification and the need for countries to strategically position point of care diagnostics.
JIAS supplement

Journal supplement: Optimizing the impact of key population programming across the HIV cascade

The USAID- and PEPFAR-supported LINKAGES project is excited to announce the arrival of a new supple

Stefan Baral

Time to take a longer view of transmission dynamics

Today’s plenary session on Breaking barriers of inequity in the HIV response started with a powerful message from Dr Stefan Baral of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in his presentation on the epidemiology and vulnerability of missing and indigenous populations: “HIV does not discriminate, but in the absence of services, we’re going to continue to see these epidemics.”
Male case-finding

Gaps in male case-finding and treatment: Insights for AIDS 2018 pre-conferences

Men are a hot topic at AIDS 2018! As part of her presentation to kick off the PEPFAR pre-conference this past weekend, Ambassador Deborah Birx shared data highlighting that while recent progress has realized a 50% decline in HIV incidence, men were not equally represented in this achievement. Sunny Sharma echoed these findings in his pre-conference talk about the unique, complex challenges and perspectives of men regarding HIV status and disclosure, which are currently being explored by Ipsos Healthcare’s qualitative and ethnographic research in southern Africa.

“It's time to deliver differently”

Differentiated service delivery (DSD) has increasingly become the norm for HIV service providers and their clients; and not a moment too soon.

Start Free

Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free — 2017 progress report

Start Free Stay Free AIDS Free is a collaborative framework to accelerate the end of the AIDS epidemic among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.

HIV self-testing reduces risk-taking behaviour in sex workers

HIV self-testing leads to positive sexual behaviour change among Zambian sex workers, according to new study. 

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