Next week, members of the global HIV community will convene in Durban, South Africa for the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) and HIV.gov will be there to share highlights. More than 18,000 people – scientists, public health experts, policy makers and members of the HIV-affected community – from across the globe are expected to participate in the conference, which opens on Monday, July 18 and continues through Friday, July 22, 2016. Over 500 sessions, workshops, and program activities are planned focusing on all facets of advancing our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV. Throughout the week, HIV.gov will help you stay abreast of some of the news and highlights from the conference.
- Science Highlights: On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday next week, NIH’s Dr. Carl Dieffenbach will share science highlights from the day’s conference presentations via Facebook Live. So be sure to follow us on Facebook and tune in at 12:00 Noon (EDT)/9:00 AM (PDT) each day
- Live Interviews: We’ve teamed up with colleagues at PEPFAR to interview a number of Federal HIV leaders from the conference. Tune in to hear from ONAP’s Dr. Amy Lansky, Ambassador Deborah Birx, NIH’s Dr. Tony Fauci, OHAIDP’s Dr. Rich Wolitski, and more. We’ll also be sharing those interviews via Facebook Live between Tuesday and Friday.
- News: Here on the blog we’ll be sharing news releases from Federal partners about scientific advances and program initiatives being announced at the conference.
- Social media: We’ll also share conference highlights via our other social media channels. On Twitter, you can follow us at @AIDSgov. We are also exploring the possibility of making our Snapchat debut from the conference, so watch for announcements. And you can also follow all the conference news on social media using #AIDS2016 and #EndAIDS2030.
You can also follow AIDS 2016 via the conference’s official social media presences and website:
- Highlights and sharable graphics will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,
- Recordings of selected sessions will be shared on the conference website and daily video highlights will be shared on YouTube.
The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health or development issues in the world. There is much excitement about the conference returning to Durban, which first hosted the biennial meeting in 2000. That conference served as a catalyst for global treatment advocacy and access. Much progress has been made since then; with 16 million people living with HIV around the world now on treatment, the rates of AIDS-related deaths and new HIV infections have fallen. Gathering this year under the theme “Access Equity Rights Now,” the conference will be a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.