ICASA 2015: A conference guide to participating on-site and virtually

November 25, 2015

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This update includes information on the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA 2015). Featured below are details on select events related to biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation as well as how to follow the conference from afar.

The 18th ICASA conference theme is AIDS in Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights. AVAC and many of our partners will be participating in and presenting at the conference. There are several ways you can link to HIV prevention research and rollout-related events—both in-person and from afar:

  • ICASA 2015 HIV Prevention Research Roadmap: There is a wide range of sessions planned for the conference (full program available here), and we have pulled together a roadmap of select sessions that may be of interest to those tracking biomedical prevention research and rollout. Download as a PDF or XLS file and please let us know of any other related events that should be added to the roadmap.
  • Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum (BHPF) Pre-conference Session: Hosted by the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), in collaboration with a number of partners including AVAC, this session will take place on 29 November from 9:00 to 16:00 at the Rainbow Towers. See the BHPF website for more information.
  • Key Population Pre-conference Session: Hosted by African Men for Sexual and Health Rights (AMSHeR), African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) and Gender DynamiX, this session will take place on 28 November and 29 November from 9:00 to 17:00 each day at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For more information contact icasa@amsher.org.
  • Youth Pre-conference Session: Hosted by the ICASA YouthFront, this session will take place from 27 November to 28 November from 9:00 to 16:00 at the Rainbow Towers. For more information visit the YouthFront website.
  • Satellite Session: Adapting the WHO guidelines on oral PrEP: What will it take?, hosted by USAID, PEPFAR, WHO and the OPTIONS Consortium, comprised of FHI360, Wits RHI and AVAC, this satellite session will take place on 3 December from 7:00 to 8:30 at the Rainbow Towers. The panel will cover an overview of the WHO Interim Guidelines and key oral PrEP research findings and demonstration projects, with a discussion to follow on what it will take to introduce and scale up PrEP and other ARV-based prevention options within combination prevention programmes. Breakfast will be provided. For more information contact us.
  • WNZ@ICASA: AVAC is excited to partner with many African partners on sessions at the Women’s Networking Zone (WNZ) at ICASA. Please check out the WNZ programme and please visit the zone for opportunities to engage and dialogue with women’s organizations across Africa. AVAC is collaborating on a number of sessions and dialogues at the WNZ, including session updates on the dapivirine ring trials, PrEP for women, hormonal contraception and HIV, women’s role in VMMC rollout, barriers in access to treatment and HIV prevention research and delivery.

ICASA on Social Media: Follow the conference in real-time on social media by following us on Twitter and Facebook — and using the official conference hashtag #ICASA2015.