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South African delegates urged to make use of early registration deadline 28 April

When South Africa last hosted the International AIDS Conference in 2000, no one knew what the future held for the AIDS response. Access to lifesaving antiretroviral drugs was sharply limited and frustration with global inaction on HIV treatment access reached a boiling point. Delegates at AIDS 2000 in South Africa launched perhaps the greatest movement in global health history. 16 years later, the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) is returning to Durban with an expected attendance of 18,000 delegates and 1,000 journalists from around the world. This July, South Africa will refocus the global attention on the steps that we must take to ensure Access Equity Rights Now!   

South African research and speakers featured throughout the conference programme
  • The latest research on a vaccine and functional cure, featuring Gethwana Mahlase (COMMOSAT)
  • Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron speaking on protecting human rights and reducing stigma
  • Nearly 25% of all sessions include South African community representatives, including Phumzile Mabizela, INERALA+, Anele Yawa, TAC, and Mark Heywood, Section 27/TAC 
  • Malebona Precious Matsoso, Director General of the National Department of Health in South Africa speaking on access to essential medicines 
  • New findings on viral suppression among adolescents living with HIV and its potential impact on South Africa’s future epidemic
  • Innovative strategies to improve treatment adherence, especially among a growing youth population in South Africa
  • Insights into landmark South Africa-based studies on female-controlled prevention options and the challenges around women’s adherence
Facilities for increased South African participation
  • Early registration by 28 April: Fees of USD $620 provide saving of USD $175 (appx R2550) per delegate. Late registration fees of USD $795 apply from 29 April. Register here
  • Civil Society Access Initiative providing 200 registrations to civil society participants from sub-Saharan Africa. Preference will be given to indviduals working or volunteering in the field of HIV and AIDS who are at least 16 years of age, people living with HIV and/or belong to a community that is disproportionately affected by HIV especially from rural areas. Apply here
  • The IAS Educational Fund to enable participation from an additional 100 clinicians and 40 advocates. Apply here
  • AIDS 2016 has just released more than 1,000 hotel rooms that will allow delegates to book affordable accommodations directly with hotels and B&Bs and pay in South African Rand. These rooms are available immediately and will sell out quickly. Book now
Free public-access space and activities
in the Global Village
  • The Global Village, known as the heart of the conference, is a free public-access space open to everyone, bringing South Africans together with local and international NGOs, community-led organizations, as well as global leaders, advocates and scientists to share and learn from each other in the global response to HIV
  • No registration is needed to take part in more than 250 scheduled activities, including artistic performances featuring South African musicians and HIV activists, learning opportunities, peer-led dialogues, film screenings, trainings, and exhibitions by South African Civil Society groups, governmental organizations and NGOs
Complimentary AIDS 2016 pre-conference meetings

The official AIDS 2016 pre-conference meetings represent a diversity of scientific, technical and community interests and are free to sign-up as part of the AIDS 2016 registration package. The programme includes:
  • TB2016: In partnerships with the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and others, this two-day conference will seek to join TB and HIV civil society around common messaging and platforms that amplify the importance of multi-disease focused policy and advocacy initiatives
  • Towards an HIV Cure: Engaging the Community: This workshop will serve as an educational platform to engage the community around HIV cure research and provide accessible information on the current research
  • International HIV/Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection Meeting: The meeting will focus on identifying opportunities for increased diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis in people living with HIV, particularly in low and middle-income settings 
  • In Our Voice: Positive Stories! Positive Teens! Positive Lives!: A meeting of adolescents living with HIV to dialogue about their challenges and successes among themselves and their primary care-givers, care and support service organizers, doctors and policy makers
  • Action + Access: Rights and Demands of Gay and Bisexual Men in the Global HIV Response: This meeting will shine a spotlight on gay and bisexual men’s community-level contributions to the global HIV response
  • No More Lip Service: Trans Access, Equity and Rights, Now!: This conference event will bring together advocates, researchers, policy makers, multilateral organizations, and donors to discuss and develop shared strategies to address the most pressing issues of the day for transgender people at risk for or living with HIV
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