AIDS 2020: Highlights and what you might have missed

July 30, 2020

Earlier this month, the first ever virtual International AIDS Conference played out over the course of a week. Out of it came both exciting news (injectable PrEP works really well for MSM and transwomen and so does oral PrEP) and disappointing data (we are definitely missing the targets)—all of which will inform AVAC’s advocacy for the months and years to come. For many of us here at AVAC, the week was a whirlwind of adjusting to the new online space, finding the virtual equivalent of a hallway conversation and tracking the firehose of news and session updates from the conference (not unique to the virtual experience).

In this update, we’ve put together news highlights, and links to some of our work at the conference, including recordings of some fun pop-up chats with researchers that were part of AVAC’s Research Literacy Networking Zone (RLNZ) programming. The conversations were a highlight for us—and we hope you find them useful, too!

And please bookmark our AIDS 2020 page, which we’ll update with links to the various session recordings as they become available.

Conference highlights

News and session highlights follow—with the news links courtesy of our friends at aidsmap. For their complete coverage of the conference, click here.

RLNZ Pop-Up Chats

Click below to view sessions with researchers and advocates who discussed hot topics of the day. Have a topic you’d like to see featured in a future pop-up? Let us know!

The satellite recordings aren’t yet up on the AIDS 2020 website, but the conversation at an HIV & SRH integration satellite, co-convened by AVAC and FP2020, was so good that we decided to continue it on a webinar this week. Please watch the recording of One Year After ECHO: Integration in the Time of COVID. And in the meantime, to hear more from the experts on SRH integration, check out our One Expert/One Question/One Minute Campaign mash-up video, and additional videos and resources at

Read about work from AVAC and our partners in various sessions below!

epidemics and what this means in the age of COVID symposium

We’ll keep adding new resources and links to our AIDS 2020 page as they become available, and remind you when they’re loaded up! If you have questions, or want to share with us your personal highlights, be in touch—we love hearing from you!