10th SA AIDS Conference Programme
Track 1: Basic and Clinical Science
This track focuses on issues related to the prevention, treatment and eradication of HIV and other agents of global pandemics, including SARS-CoV2. Specifically, the track covers advances in various aspects of host genetics, virology (e.g. molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis, diversity), and immunology (e.g. humoral and cellular, innate and adaptive responses, mucosal immunology, immune reconstitution) that are relevant to understanding viral infection, persistence and pathogenesis. The track explores advances in biomedical strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and cure infections, with a particular interest in mechanisms of action, the potential for drug resistance, and biological means of undermining drug efficacy. The track also focuses on the convergence of global pandemics in South
Track 2: Epidemiology, Mathematical modelling & surveillance of HIV and related comorbidities
Track 2 covers the latest strategic information, research, debates, dialogues and projections on the epidemiology of HIV and related comorbidities. Surveillance on HIV hotspots and reaching epidemic control will be highlighted. Technological advances in mathematical modelling critical for accurately determining effective interventions that can reduce HIV transmission and incidence, and optimising delivery of HIV care will be included. Further, the track will forecast the healthcare needs and interventions for those living with or affected by HIV. The track will also cover the impact of COVID-19 related health care activities and service disruptions on HIV outcomes as well as the link between TB and other HIV-related comorbidities, HIV treatment and prevention. The track will review innovative models that can improve HIV-related health outcomes especially for vulnerable groups in high-burden contexts
Track 3: Implementation Science: Technologies, Innovations and methods for scaling up effective interventions
The Implementation Science track will focus on how the most effective HIV interventions and innovations reach the people that need them most, particularly in resource limited settings. We will profile all aspects of intervention planning, testing and delivery, including supply chain and forecasting, policy and guideline development, provider training, service delivery platforms, community engagement, demand creation, client support and monitoring and evaluation. We will share experiences on how effective HIV prevention and care interventions have been integrated into routine care and with other services. This track will focus on sharing strategies for effective delivery, digital innovations, self-care and remote support strategies in the context of COVID-19.
Track 4: Community and Civil Society engagement
Track 4 covers the importance of community members and organised civil society engagements, ensuring that implementation of programmes emanate from the ground level to the national level. This inclusivity in decision-making is paramount, as is holding duty bearers to account through emphasis on the community-led monitoring and involvement of civil society in all structures.
Track 5: Policy and Society
This track explores the social, political, economic and1 health systems factors that act as barriers or facilitators to an individual’s or community’s response to the AIDS epidemic. This may include research on how these issues have been influenced by the Covid-19 pandemic or by the response to it. The track assesses models and efforts to provide appropriate, affordable and acceptable health care for HIV. This includes policy analyses as well as cost analyses and other forms of economic evaluation. It additionally explores cross-sectional responses to HIV and other societal and structural factors such as poverty, alcohol and drug use, and violence of men against women, with a focus on interventions that work.