I-TECH Heads North to the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference

imgresThis weekend, several staff members from the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) headed north to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will continue through July 22.

The conference, held every three years, serves as the preeminent meeting place for a wide variety of stakeholders in the global response to HIV and AIDS. Gathered to talk about the latest scientific developments and implementation, attendees include scientists, clinicians, public health experts, advocates, community leaders, media professionals, and people living with HIV. The opening plenary, Where is PEPFAR going?, will be led by Dr. Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.

A number of posters with I-TECH authors were selected for presentation at IAS 2015:

Haiti

  • Attrition from antiretroviral treatment services among pregnant and non-pregnant patients following adoption of Option B+ in Haiti

This was also selected as the winner of the prestigious Women, Girls and HIV Investigator’s Prize. From a field of 2,564 abstracts, it was acknowledged for its excellence in research that addresses women, girls, and gender issues related to HIV.

Malawi

  • Safety, feasibility, and acceptability of the PrePex device for adult male circumcision in Malawi

Mozambique

  • Who benefits from partner services in Mozambique? Results from a pilot program in a public, urban clinic

South Africa

  • Stigma Fears Undermine the Scale Up of HIV Care and Prevention in North West Province, South Africa
  • Characterizing the continuum of care in a population-based sample to target programming in North West Province, South Africa
  • Loss of HIV-positive patients in rural primary health care facilities in North West province, South Africa: a retrospective register audit
  • Peer navigation in South Africa: Addressing stigma and psychosocial barriers to engagement in HIV services
  • An unannounced standardized patient actor assessment of STI services in public health facilities in South Africa

Learn more about the conference at www.ias2015.org.