AIDS 2018 – Friday, 27 July

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Welcome to Friday, the final day of AIDS 2018! Thank you for everything that you and more than 18,000 of your colleagues have done to make this 22nd International AIDS Conference a tremendous success – a milestone on the road to equitable access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, and a new step toward the end of this epidemic.

Don’t go anywhere yet, though. Today’s conference programme is packed with forward-looking sessions that will help you leave AIDS 2018 on a high note.

08.45 CEST:
Building bridges for the next generation is our Friday plenary theme. Anne-Lisa Goddings (UK) speaks on Understanding adolescent neurocognitive development in the context of HIV treatment, prevention and care”. Young leaders O’Cindy Cynthia Samuels (Guyana) and Guatam Yadav (India) tackle “Growing into leadership for an efficient HIV response”, and Reina Buijus of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs brings us “Back to basics: Sex rights and education”. Finally, stars of the blockbuster series, MTV Shuga, participate in a special presentation to close our final AIDS 2018 plenary.

11.00 CEST:

12.30 CEST:
Learn about the latest approaches to fighting the dual epidemics of HIV and TB from UN Special Envoy on TB Eric Goosby, former US President Bill Clinton, Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer, global advocates and the winners of the IAS TB/HIV Research Prizes at the special session, “Seizing the moment for TB: Current challenges in TB care and in TB and HIV integration.

12.45 CEST:
If you missed any of the official AIDS 2018 pre-conferences on TB and HIV, STIs and HIV, the U=U movement, the impact of HIV exposure on uninfected children and adolescents, TRANS action, community activism or sexual and reproductive health and rights … fear not! Rapporteurs will present highlights from all of these at the AIDS 2018 pre-conference report back.

14.20 CEST:
To wrap it all up, get a full report back on the amazing week we’ve just concluded at the AIDS 2018 Rapporteur and closing session.

Remember to check your Daily Delegate tomorrow for the top five stories from AIDS 2018! 

Daily GIF: A look back at 1992


Sex workers and “end demand” policies
So-called “end demand” laws are designed to increase access to services and supports for sex workers by penalizing sex work customers rather than sex workers themselves. A number of studies presented here, however, indicate that the laws may actually create barriers to HIV prevention and care. One such report indicated that Canada’s end-demand legislation reduced the chances that sex workers would access health services when needed. The study called for the rejection of criminalized approaches in favour of full labour rights and human rights for sex workers (4034). In France, criminalization of sex worker clients led to increased violence, negative impact on sex workers’ health and decreased use of condoms, according to another study (12382).

The IAS Prizes
Prize winners added their voices to the call for human rights and healthcare protections, including access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for sex workers everywhere. They included: Duduzile Dlamini of South Africa, the recipient of the inaugural Prudence Mabele Prize; Me and My Healthcare Provider honourees Loveness Bowa Gunda of Malawi, Nesrine Rizk of Lebanon, Gulzhakhan Akhmetova of Kazakhstan, and Geoffrey Phillip Wandawa of Uganda. The awards rounded out a week of recognition of achievements in research, the work of young investigators, and efforts to address HIV stigma. Read the full list of IAS Prize recipients here.

IAS Members’ meeting and receptionIAS Members participated in a session that included an update from the IAS Secretariat, and a scientific talk and tribute to former IAS President David Cooper. Watch the full meeting here.

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