The 2020 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was convened as a virtual conference earlier this month. Each year, thousands of researchers from around the world gather at CROI to share the latest scientific advances in HIV prevention, care, and treatment—advances that are helping to put the goals of Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) within reach. CROI’s organizers have posted online several resources from the 2020 virtual conference for everyone’s use:
- Download the CROI 2020 conference program (PDF 7 MB).
- Access the CROI 2020 abstract book (PDF 98 MB) or search a database of conference abstracts and electronic posters.
- View webcasts of all CROI 2020 conference sessions.
Of particular interest to HIV.gov readers may be the conference’s special session on COVID-19 which featured:
- The Research Response to COVID-19: A View from NIAID by NIH’s Dr. Anthony Fauci, and
- Global Epidemiology and Prevention of COVID-19 by CDC’s Dr. John Brooks.
Some other presentations that may offer insights for those developing and implementing plans to end the HIV epidemic include:
- A presentation by a New Orleans health center about their rapid start program for young people with HIV, Rapid Start Leads to Sustained Viral Suppression in Young People in the South;
- A presentation by CDC’s Dr. Paul McClung about how CDC applied the EHE pillars when helping West Virginia respond to an HIV outbreak, Large HIV Outbreak Among People Who Inject Drugs, West Virginia, 2018–2019;
- Findings from a trial of dispensing antiretroviral treatment and other care in the community via a mobile van vs. clinic-based services, Community ART Increases Viral Suppression and Eliminates Disparities for African Men; and
- A poster from HRSA on the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic.
These are just a handful of the hundreds of research findings on topics ranging from future forms of HIV prevention or treatment, economic modeling, and partner notification, to HCV coinfection and comorbidities that were shared in presentations, posters, and abstracts and are now available online.
We are looking to provide additional insights from CROI 2020 in the future.