With AIDS 2016 just six months away, applications are now open for members of the HIV-positive community to submit abstracts, workshop proposals, and activity proposals for the Global Village and Youth Program.
Submissions are open until 4 February and will go through a blind, peer-review process carried out by an international panel. Final selection will take place by mid-April.
Applications are also open for financial aid scholarships— the number of which has doubled to 1,000. Applications accompanied by a letter of recommendation must be received by the 12 February. Scholarships are open to anyone over the age of 16 working or volunteering in the HIV sector.
Held in Durban, South Africa 18 July-22 July, the theme of the 21st International AIDS Conference is “Access Equity Rights Now”. The theme is intended as “a call to action to reach the people who still lack access to treatment, prevention, care and support”.
Around 60 percent of the 35 million people living with HIV, for example, remain without life-saving antiretroviral treatment. Women, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, young people, and people who use drugs, remain under-prioritised in the global response. “We must now draw attention to those being left behind,” say organisers.
AIDS 2016 is expected to convene more than 18,000 delegates from around the world. One of the main aims of the conference is to set a “clear agenda for HIV in a post-2015 framework”. This will include addressing issues such as criminalisation, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health rights, and stigma and discrimination.