About the Conference
AIDS 2008 will provide many opportunities for the presentation of important new scientific research and for productive, structured dialogue on the major challenges facing the global response to AIDS. Conference organizers are developing a wide variety of session types that meet the needs of various participants and support collective efforts to expand delivery of HIV prevention and treatment to communities worldwide. Central to many of these sessions will be the transfer of knowledge and sharing of best practices.
In addition to the conference sessions there are a number of activities, including satellite meetings, exhibitions, the Global Village and the Cultural Programme, that are integral to delegates’ experience at the conference.
The International AIDS Society is pleased to announce that the AIDS 2008 programme is accredited for 28 credits by the European Union of Medical Specialists-European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (UEMS-EACCME). The UEMS-EACCME, through an agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA), guarantees a transfer of CME credits for participants working and practicing in the United States.
As in accordance with their statutes, the UEMS-EACCME guarantees that all accredited CME activities at AIDS 2008 are of a high educational standard and that that they are free of all commercial or individual forms of bias. Delegates should claim credits only for sessions actually attended. A CME booth will be set up at the conference venue where certificates of CME credit can be obtained by medical professionals seeking them.
Download the AIDS 2008 Invitation Programme here.
AIDS 2008 Vision and Objectives
Vision for AIDS 2008
A conference that promotes scientific excellence and inquiry, encourages individual and collective action and dialogue, and fosters accountability.
AIDS 2008 will
- Provide a forum in which key scientific and practice-based research, best practice, lessons learned and gaps in knowledge are addressed
- Present strong evidence to influence leaders, including key policy makers and donors, to increase their commitment to HIV and AIDS prevention, care and treatment, undertake responsible action and be more accountable.
- Increase understanding of the contribution made by the HIV global response to broader social, economic and health issues.
- Maximize opportunities for the participation in conference and programme planning of those engaged in evidence-based responses – scientists, PLWHA, members of marginalized communities especially those most vulnerable to HIV, including women, girls, and young people.
- Promote strategies that will reduce stigmatization and discrimination of PLWHAs and those working professionally across the response to HIV and AIDS.
- Reach a wider audience through the webcasting of conference proceedings to regional sub-conferences/meetings and through the availability of conference sessions online.
- Improve public awareness of the continued impact of and global response to HIV and AIDS through enhanced media coverage.
In order for the benefit and impact of the International AIDS Conference to be maximized it is becoming increasingly evident that the conference must seek to engage with and link people in an ongoing way, rather than focus exclusively on five days of meetings.
To this end, AIDS 2008 will be the premier international HIV and AIDS forum in which
AIDS 2008 will also mark the midpoint of the 2010 Global Target on Universal Access for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, care and support. This will shape the development of the AIDS 2008 programme and messaging.
- key research findings, lessons learned, and gaps in knowledge, and best practice are acknowledged and shared;
- successes and shortfalls in the overall response to HIV and AIDS are highlighted;
- priorities for future action are identified;
- ongoing, productive and forthright dialogue is nurtured before, during and after the conference, both onsite and virtually though networking, webcasting and other strategies
- new or changed leadership are called on to share their priorities and plans.
Key issues the AIDS 2008 Programme (sessions and activities) will explore/address include:
The Conference Coordinating Committee and the three Programme Committees, reflecting the core components of the Conference Programme (science, community and leadership) will work collaboratively to bring to reality the AIDS 2008 vision and objectives.
- Health systems strengthening, service models, integration with TB, SRH, co-infections, maternal health, long-term care, mental health, palliative care, drug resistance, harm reduction, primary health care, hepatitis C, etc.
- Specific regional issues e.g. stigma; setting regional policy agendas; using what is gained and expanding to other regions (south-south)
- Synergy of treatment and prevention; treatment as a tool for prevention (reducing viral load and infectivity)
- Respect and promotion of human rights and gender equality as a framework for all aspects of the response.
Reflecting a commitment to make AIDS 2008 as accessible to as many people as possible, the conference organizers are working with their partners to make a number of conference sessions, along with related materials, available online. Details will be posted on this website at a later date.
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)
Nursing continuing education contact hours for the XVII International AIDS Conference are being provided by the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) is a U.S.-based nonprofit professional nursing association dedicated to providing educational and professional development opportunities for nurses specializing in HIV and AIDS Care. ANAC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing through the Virginia Nurses Association, which is accredited by the American Nurses Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Individual nurses are responsible for contacting their own country’s nursing certification body in order to determine the applicability of contact hours provided through ANAC.