Recent advances in HIV research were presented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference
14 july 2020
Representatives from 180 countries took part in the AIDS 2020: Virtual conference, the first fully virtual International AIDS Conference, which took place from July 6 to 10.
As part of AIDS 2020: Virtual, more than 600 sessions and events were held at which new developments and ideas were presented on the most pressing HIV issues, including the impact of COVID-19.
The main issues discussed at the conference were primarily related to the latest research results on the treatment and prevention of HIV infection. The double threat issue from HIV and COVID-19 also played an important role. In this regard, participants shared their approaches to reformatting the provision of services to key groups, switching to remote forms, and also noted that the best of the innovations in the services should be preserved after defeating the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would especially like to note the session “Data-Driven Advocacy in 2020 and Beyond: Tools and tactics for civil society to define and win high-impact change in the HIV response”. It focused on the skills and tools of data analysis that activists can use in advocacy campaigns, as well as general barriers to the use of data by civil society, including missing or poor quality data or lack of access to data. Online tools for analyzing data and building arguments for advocacy can significantly strengthen communities towards positive changes in countries and regions.
A separate session was dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and universal health coverage (UHC) – how the fight against the epidemic is correlated with the Sustainable Development Goals and UHC and how UHC approaches can contribute to the fight against HIV.
The experience of Ukraine was also presented at the conference by participants from the CO “100 percent life”, ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, Public Health Center and other organizations and community representatives that implement HIV programs in Ukraine.
At the final session of the conference, Anton Poznyak introduced Adeeba Kamarulzaman as the new president of the International AIDS Society