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AIDS 2020 plenary line-up announced

24 February 2020 (Geneva, Switzerland) – The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced the plenary presentations headlining the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020), which will take place in San Francisco and Oakland, United States, on 6-10 July 2020. AIDS 2020 is the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS and is expected to bring together 20,000 participants from more than 170 countries.

“The AIDS 2020 plenary programme features this year’s most critical issues in the global HIV response,” AIDS 2020 International Chair, Anton Pozniak, said. “We are delighted to be joined by such a renowned group of HIV scientists, policy specialists and community leaders.”

Issues under the spotlight in the AIDS 2020 plenary programme will include biomedical HIV prevention strategies, vaccine and cure research, advances in treatment and a global perspective of Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U). In addition, plenaries will cover paediatric HIV, resilience among women living with HIV, HIV-related inequities, social factors driving HIV, interventions for people who inject drugs, aging with HIV, funding the response and progress towards global targets.

AIDS 2020 Local Co-Chair, Cynthia Carey-Grant, added, “The very essence of this year’s plenary programme underscores the conference’s commitment to an equitable HIV response. The plenaries combine lived experiences and best practices for addressing disparities that remain in the prevention and treatment of HIV.”

“The AIDS 2020 plenary programme is designed to showcase and accelerate progress in HIV science, research, advocacy, and policy,” AIDS 2020 Local Co-Chair, Monica Gandhi, remarked. “It is vital for us to come together this July, as a global community, to discuss critical innovations in biomedical HIV prevention to advances in treatment and monitoring to promising approaches towards a functional cure."

AIDS 2020 media registration is currently open. More information can be found at www.aids2020.org/registration

AIDS 2020 plenary programme
 
Tuesday, 7 July 2020

  • Greg Millett, United States 
    Casualties on the road to ending HIV: Context matters in addressing HIV disparities
     
  • Reena Rajasuriar, Malaysia 
    Growing up and growing old with HIV: Health implications and evolving care needs
     
  • Peter Sands, Switzerland
    Doubling down: Our X billion-dollar challenge to end AIDS 
     

Wednesday, 8 July 

  • Deborah L Birx, United States 
    HIV targets and beyond: An assessment of progress towards global commitments 
  • José R Arribas, Spain 
    ART 2020: Needs and wants 
  • Lucy Wanjiku Njenga, Kenya
    Still we rise: The power of resilience among women living with HIV


Thursday, 9 July  

  • Dayana Hernandez, Costa Rica
    U=U: A global perspective
  • Susan Buchbinder, United States
    Biomedical HIV prevention: Beyond daily oral PrEP 
  • Thumbi Ndung’u, South Africa 
    HIV vaccine and cure research: Challenges and opportunities 
     

Friday, 10 July  

  • Martina Penazzato, World Health Organization
    Paediatric HIV: We are not done yet!
  • Celeste Watkins-Hayes, United States
    The road ahead: Addressing injuries of inequality in the HIV/AIDS pandemic
  • Andriy Klepikov, Ukraine
    The global epidemics among people who inject drugs: Time for urgent reform


Please note that there may be changes in the programme in the run up to the conference.                                                                            

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About the International AIDS Society: The International AIDS Society (IAS) leads collective action on every front of the global HIV response its membership base, scientific authority and convening power. Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members in more than 170 countries. Working with its members, the IAS advocates and drives urgent action to reduce the impact of HIV. The IAS is also the steward of the world’s most prestigious HIV conferences: the International AIDS Conference, the IAS Conference on HIV Science, and the HIV Research for Prevention Conference.

About the International AIDS Conference: The International AIDS Conference is the premier global platform to advance the HIV response. As the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS, it sits uniquely at the intersection of science, advocacy and human rights, bringing together scientists, policy makers, healthcare professionals, people living with HIV, funders, media and community. Since its start in 1985, the conference continues to serve as an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to HIV and related epidemics. The 23rd International AIDS Conference – known as AIDS 2020 – will be hosted in San Francisco and Oakland, US, on 6-10 July 2020 with the theme, Resilience. AIDS 2020 will gather more than 20,000 participants from more than 170 countries. For more information, visit www.aids2020.org

Media contact:
Bijan Frederic Farnoudi
Director, Communications and Public Affairs 
media@iasociety.org



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