About the International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference began back in 1985, when the AIDS epidemic was at its peak. Since then, the conference has been the world’s number-one forum for all things related to AIDS research, awareness and human rights. Each and every conference has provided a unique opportunity to strengthen policies, programmes and initiatives that give way to an evidence-based response to the epidemic.

Over 15,000 delegates – including over 800 journalists from more than 160 countries will attend the event. The programme features presentations from high-level global leaders and top scientists, the latest scientific developments and evidence-based policies, and more than 500 sessions, workshops and activities. These interactive sessions will promote and strengthen opportunities for knowledge transfer, collaborative learning and skills development.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Breaking Barriers Building Bridges’, with an aim of drawing attention to the need for rights-based approaches that effectively reach key populations, including people living with HIV, displaced populations, men who have sex with men, people in closed settings, drug users, sex workers, transgender people, women, girls and young people – particularly in regions where epidemics are on the increase, such as Central Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

AIDS 2018 will promote human-rights-based HIV responses that are informed by evidence and tailored to the needs of vulnerable communities. It will also stimulate political accountability and commitment among governments, the private sector, donors and other parts of society. Of course, the conference will highlight and address gaps in the critical subject of HIV prevention, too. All in all, AIDS 2018 will give way to collaboration, which will further unite countries to fight the disease beyond their borders.