ICASA 2017: A conference guide to participating on-site and virtually

November 29, 2017

The 19th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2017) is coming right up, December 4-9 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Find details below on select events related to biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation as well as how to follow the conference from afar.

The theme for ICASA’s biennial gathering in 2017 is Africa: Ending AIDS-delivering differently, and AVAC will be there along with many of our partners participating in sessions both before and during the conference. There are several ways you can link to HIV prevention research and rollout-related events—both in-person and from afar:

ICASA 2017 HIV Prevention Research Roadmap
Amidst a wide range of topics that will be covered at the conference (full program available here), 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. And on arrival, be sure to check out the various Networking Zone schedules in the Global Village for more great programming on prevention and more!

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 WACI Health and the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), this session will explore data trends in Africa, hot topics in prevention research and African leadership in prevention research. Sunday, 3 December from 8:00 to 17:00 at the Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire. 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), Gender Dynamix/Southern Africa Trans Forum, the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) and other networks of key populations (KP), the theme for this pre-conference session is Onto the African Map: Youth Key Populations and HIV. Saturday, 2 December and Sunday, 3 December from 9:00 to 17:00 each day. For more information go here or contact info@amsher.org.

Satellite Session
WHO and the OPTIONS Consortium is sponsoring a session titled, Making the Case for PrEP for Women: What we know and experiences to date to review what we know and have learned about delivering oral PrEP to women, in particular adolescent girls and young women. Presenters will review the evidence, the status of oral PrEP rollout for women, and opportunities for oral PrEP delivery for women through the private sector. A facilitated panel with audience discussion will explore the challenges, innovative solutions and future direction for Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Tuesday, 5 December from 12:45 to 14:15 at the Chandelier Room, Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire.

Satellite Session
Health GAP and AVAC are hosting a workshop on PEPFAR’s Country Operational Plan (COP) process. Advocates will learn about changes to the 2018 process, explore strategies to increase PEPFAR investment in community priorities, and get an introduction to tools for analyzing PEPFAR data. Wednesday, 6 December at the Hotel Palm Club from 10:45 to 13:15.

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 #ICASA2017.