May 4, 2018

Scientific programme highlights

Written by International AIDS Society

This article originally appeared on AIDS 2018. Reposted with permission.

The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) received nearly 8,000 abstract submissions. Now that reviews are concluded, our scientific programme is taking shape. Below are a few key highlights of what delegates can expect in Amsterdam this July.

Advances in HIV vaccine, immunotherapy and cure research

  • The first long-term immunogenicity data from the APPROACH HIV vaccine study
  • New studies using broadly-neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to block HIV transmission
  • Innovative strategies for attacking latent HIV reservoirs
  • Latest insights on the potential for stem cell transplantation as an HIV cure approach.

Innovations in HIV treatment and co-infection

  • Real-world findings on the comparative effectiveness of first-line antiretroviral therapy regimens
  • Data on treatment strategies for children living with HIV
  • New insights on the link between HIV infection and heart failure
  • Innovative strategies for detecting tuberculosis among people living with HIV
  • New research on HIV and hepatitis C co-infection in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

PrEP: Lessons learned from implementation

  • New findings to inform pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) scale-up, including factors influencing uptake among sex workers, young women, and men who have sex with men
  • Data on behavioural risks and sexually transmitted infections among PrEP users
  • Estimates of PrEP use among US adolescents.

Insights in prevention and epidemiology

  • Projections of the prospects for controlling the epidemic among youth in sub-Saharan Africa
  • New data on HIV incidence, including key trends in eastern and southern Africa
  • Cutting-edge methods for tracking the epidemic, including the use of molecular epidemiology to identify hidden “micro-epidemics” in high-prevalence settings.

Policy research

  • Analyses of countries’ efforts to transition from reliance on international donor funding, and the impact of recent funding cuts
  • New information about the impact of the US government’s expanded Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule
  • Assessments of how sex workers’ health and access to HIV services is affected by “end demand” laws that criminalize clients.