IAS 2015: A guide for prevention advocates

July 14, 2015

Whether you’re checking the weather and packing your bags for Vancouver, or looking forward to following along on Twitter, this update is for you! It includes additional details on the upcoming IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, Canada, which starts on Sunday. Here we’ve highlighted a Sunday satellite session we hope to see you all at, details on a July 29th post-IAS webinar where we will unpack the data together, and info on ways to navigate the conference, both on-site and online.

What to Expect
Held every two years, this year’s conference will cover the results from several important studies, including a special symposium on the START trial; final results from HPTN 052; and important findings from several PrEP studies and projects. The full conference schedule is available on the IAS 2015 website, and AVAC has pulled together an HIV prevention roadmap, sortable by timing, intervention and session type (also available as a PDF). IAS also has a one-pager on biomedical prevention activities at IAS.

Satellite Sessions
There are number of satellite sessions that AVAC and its partners are involved in, and we hope you’ll check them all out here on our IAS 2015 page. In this update, we wanted to call special attention to a satellite we are organizing:

  • Community Forum: Building Partnerships between the Community and Scientists to Strengthen the Response to HIV, Saturday, July 18, 10:00 – 14:30, Cullen Lecutre Theatre, St. Paul’s Hospital; (Download Flyer)
  • Satellite: Making Fast Track a Reality: Addressing gender-related barriers to treatment access, Sunday, July 19, 10:15-12:15, Room 109; (Download Flyer)
  • Satellite: Creating Rectal Microbicides People Desire: How do we get there?, Sunday, July 19, 12:30 – 14:30, Room 121-122; (Download Flyer)
  • Satellite: Achieving Pregnancy While Minimizing HIV Transmission Risk: Safer conception research, policy and programming priorities for HIV-affected individuals and couples, Sunday, July 19, 14:45-16:45, Room 110
  • Satellite: Injectable Options and Preventable Confusion: An updated and interactive discussion on the pipeline of antibodies, long-acting ARVs and vaccines, Sunday, July 19, 14:45 – 16:45, Room 121-122; (Download Flyer)
  • Satellite: What’s Next for HIV Vaccines: From design to efficacy testing, Sunday, July 19, 17:00-19:00, Room 121-122 (Download Flyer)
  • Satellite: Minor Issues, Major Consequences: Ensuring adolescents’ access to proven prevention methods, Monday, July 20, 18:30-20:30, Room 109; (Download Flyer)
  • Satellite: Modelling Cost and Impact of New Prevention Methods for Young Women in High HIV Incidence Settings, Monday, July 20, 18:30-20:30, Room 110

Online Coverage
For those not attending the conference in person, there are a number of ways to follow along at a distance. In addition to AVAC’s online commentary on Twitter and Facebook, you can follow the official conference hashtag – #IAS2015. We will also be posting regular updates to our P-Values blog—check back regularly!

Official online scientific coverage will be provided by Clinical Care Options and NAM, and you can sign up to receive email bulletins from NAM.

Post-Conference Webinar: What was presented and what it means on the road to Durban 2016
Mark your calendars for the post-IAS webinar, IAS 2015 Recap: What was presented and what it means on the road to Durban 2016, which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 at 10 am ET. Register here!

Stay tuned for additional updates from Vancouver!