Highlights from the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2022

Highlights from the Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2022

Mon 29 August — Thu 1 September 2022

The complete program for the joint virtual Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conference #HIVAIDS2022 & #SH2022, held at the Sunshine Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, has a live and on-demand full program. NAPWHA has compiled a selective list of program highlights that may be of interest for our communities below.

Community welcome: Robert Mitchell, Past-NAPWHA President

NAPWHA Rapportage by Daniel Reeders

Couldn’t make the conference? NAPWHA Learning Officer, Daniel Reeders, provided an excellent coverage and rapportage of the 4-day conference program via the NAPWHA Twitter feed.

Satellite Session: Going beyond viral suppression

Poster #312 Hidden in Plain Sight? Creating a Culturally-Appropriate Peer Navigation Model to Facilitate Engagement with PLHIV from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Poster #312: Hidden in Plain Sight? Creating a Culturally-Appropriate Peer Navigation Model to Facilitate Engagement with People Living with HIV from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

Background:  Positive Life NSW (PLNSW) adapted a peer navigation model to build capacity of CALD PLHIV utilising Peer Navigators to role-model and share their lived experiences, improving the health, quality of life outcomes and increasing health literacy and capacity of CALD PLHIV to self-advocate. Engaging Peer Navigators from the CALD community has provided a deeper understanding of culture and remains agile yet sensitive to the developing needs of this priority population. CALD Community Peer Navigators use a range of different tools and modes of communication to address social isolation, stigma / discrimination, system navigation, peer support and program follow-up..

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #56: Lessons From The Archive: Queer Indonesia Archive

Poster #56: Lessons From The Archive: Queer Indonesia Archive

Background:  In Indonesia the lived experiences and narratives of queer people are being challenged, erased, and delegitimized in the national collective memory. For the lasttwo years the Queer Indonesia Archive (QIA) – a volunteer run, Indonesia based digital archiving project – has been building a digital collection reflecting the histories of queer communities. QIA utilises a process of community consultation, material collection and exhibition as it’s community archive process. Through this method the archive has built an accessible collection of digital objects to promote cross generational engagement, build community capacity and ensure a community collective memory of the HIV response.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #126: GIPA Audit – Assessing the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia’s engagement with people living with HIV

Poster #126:  GIPA Audit – Assessing the National Association of People Living with HIV Australia’s engagement with people living with HIV

Background:  The National Association of People Living with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) relies upon its membership and the body positive to understand the priorities for people living with HIV (PLHIV) across Australia. As the national peak organisation representing PLHIV, they commissioned an independent assessment of their engagement with positive people, including 17 priority populations.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #269:  Re-imagining the role of the NAPWHA Treatment Outreach Network

Poster #269: Re-imagining the role of the NAPWHA Treatment Outreach Network

Background:  NAPWHA’s Treatment Officer Network (TON) has operated for over twenty years. During that time the treatments landscape has changed fundamentally, as treatments have become simpler and easier to take, resulting in less demand from clients for treatment advice and support.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.  See also the abstract submitted

Poster #293:  Living with HIV and injecting drugs – A health literacy community consultation

Poster #293:  Living with HIV and injecting drugs – A health literacy community consultation

Background: A pioneering community network has been developed for Asian people living with HIV under the NAPWHA Health Literacy Framework project. The Positive Asian Network Australia (PANA) was established as a peer-led community mobilisation initiative, formed by HIV peers and the project Pilot Lead, Brent Clifton.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #296:  Beyond the 4th 90 – The Australian Community Accord on Quality of Life for people with HIV

Poster #296:  Beyond the 4th 90 The Australian Community Accord on Quality of Life for people with HIV

Background: With funding from ViiV Healthcare, NAPWHA delivered an interactive webinar series that invited participants (n=389) to share insights and experiences. Findings informed an Australian Community Accord on Quality of Life for People Living with HIV:  A person-centred framework for eliciting and addressing the drivers of self-perceived quality of life. Development of the Accord and the availability of the PozQOL measure put Australiain position to lead in the global push to recognise good quality of life as a vital goal for national and global strategies that aim to reduce both the incidence and impact of HIV.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #301:  Mobilising community among heterosexual men living with HIV in Australia

Poster #301:  Mobilising community among heterosexual men living with HIV in Australia

Background: HIV notifications among heterosexual men have been increasing over the past decade, particularly among Australian-born males (Kirby, 2018). The NAPWHA Health Literacy Framework project established HetMAN a network of heterosexual men to articulate their health literacy needs across the HIV care continuum..

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #302:  Developing the Health Literacy Framework – The central role of Community Advocates

Poster #302:  Developing the Health Literacy Framework – The central role of Community Advocates

Background: The Health Literacy Framework project is a three-year initiative (2019-21) which aimed to improve HIV-related health literacy at the individual, community, organisational, sectoral, health system, and societal levels. It focused on engaging diverse cohorts of PLHIV who have not benefited equally from recent successes across the HIV care continuum. These included positive women, heterosexual men, people from Asian and Latin American backgrounds, and people who inject drugs.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Poster #303:  A systems approach to understanding the needs of Asian-born men living with HIV in Australia

Poster #303:  A systems approach to understanding the needs of Asian-born men living with HIV in Australia

Background: A pioneering community network has been developed for Asian people living with HIV under the NAPWHA Health Literacy Framework project. The Positive Asian Network Australia (PANA) was established as a peer-led community mobilisation initiative, formed by HIV peers and the project’s Community Advocate, Jimmy Yu-Hsiang Chen.

This poster was presented at the Joint HIV&AIDS & Sexual Health Conference 2022.

Highlights from AIDS2022

Montréal, Canada and virtually  |  29 July — 2 August

The 24th International AIDS Conference #AIDS2022 was held in Montreal, Canada, and virtually. Convened by IAS – the International AIDS Society, the annual event unites scientists, policy makers and activists to galvanize the scientific response, build global solidarity and enhance human dignity for all those living with and affected by HIV. NAPWHA has compiled a selective list of program highlights that may be of interest for our communities below. Also access NAM aidsmap: The official scientific media partner for the conference.

U=U Global Summit

Professor Sharon Lewin address as she takes the reins as President of the IAS

Except:  I look forward to IAS 2023, the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science, taking place next year in Australia. I had the honour of serving as Local Co-Chair at AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, a memory cast in shadow by the 280 lives that were lost on flight MH17; many were IAS Members, including former IAS President Joep Lange.

It felt impossible to hold a productive meeting after such a tragedy, just as the challenges of today can feel insurmountable. But the secret of success of the HIV movement has always been how we come together – diverse communities, diverse disciplines, from all corners of the world.

Together, harnessing the strength, passion and talent of this movement, we will end this epidemic once and for all.”

HIV Cure Research: Rapportage by Jillian Lau

At AIDS2022, Infectious Diseases doctor, Jillian Lau, who has been involved in HIV cure clinical research at Alfred Health (Monash University) based in Melbourne, and completing a PhD in this field, reported back about HIV cure research being presented through the @HIVCureAU Twitter handle.

HIV Criminalisation and HIV Law: Rapportage by Paul Kidd

At AIDS2022, research and action on HIV criminalisation and HIV law were well represented, summarised in this twitter thread by @PaulKidd.

The Silver Zone: a Networking Zone for Older Adults Living with HIV

Globally, the face of HIV is an ageing one. Although in supportive systems people are living longer with access to effective treatments, many older adults living with HIV and HIV Long-Term Survivors are coping with the lasting impact of untreated HIV, age-related comorbidities and loss. In the era of COVID-19 and “working to end the HIV epidemic”, many feel isolated and uncertain about the future.

The Silver Zone in the AIDS2022 Global Village is a place for older people living with HIV to re-engage with the HIV community and follow the science on HIV and ageing; to feel included and celebrated.

Bi+ People Living with HIV: Positive Networking Zone

Women’s Networking Zone

Breast/chestfeeding guidance and advocacy

PozQoL (Quality of life among people with HIV) and AusQoL (the Australian Accord)

Panel discussion on Person-centered Care

‘Key Populations’

Long-acting ARV Treatment

Video:  What’s new in long-acting formulations of HIV medications for prevention and treatment? CATIE (Canada’s source for HIV and Hepatitis C information) spoke to Professor Chloe Orkin at Queen Mary University of London at this year’s International AIDS Conference who covers the new data on long-acting treatment, and their thoughts on the drug pipeline and on equity of access.

Could long-acting injectable cabotegravir and rilpivirine be self-administered? New formulations and alternative injection sites might allow administration of this long-acting treatment. Liz Highleyman reports back results from two studies which were presented to the 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022), which was held in Montreal, Canada.

HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific

Resilient ageing and end-of-life planning among people living with HIV

As part of the 2021 Australian Social Policy Conference, a number of leaders, representing a diverse community service provision network, were invited to offer their insights and further case studies to improve ageing and aged care policy and practice for people living with HIV (PLHIV).

“Given the high numbers of people who will be ageing and living longer with HIV, we have identified HIV and ageing as one of the new frontiers of the HIV epidemic,” said NAPWHA National Research Manager, Dr John Rule, speaking of the NAPWHA resource published in 2019.

“It is urgent that health and social policy responses be developed to  support the needs of this group. In this #ASPC session, presenters from various Australian jurisdictions report on service responses that have a unique HIV peer-support component.”

This session was chaired by Associate Professor Limin Mao (UNSW Centre of Social Research and Health) with the video recording released with kind permission to NAPWHA allowing for further dissemination to our community-based PLHIV organisational members across all Australian States and Territories, and for those who were unable to attend.

The conference, hosted by the UNSW Social Policy Research Centre and held online from 25 October to Friday 5 November, addressed contemporary issues in the context of ongoing health and social policy themes with session conveners from across Australia.

PLHIV ageing and end-of-life planning: a researcher’s perspective

Video:  Dr Kerryn Drysdale (Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney) presenting on an Australian Department of Health-funded project, entitled ‘Resilient Ageing and End-of-Life Planning among people living with chronic hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C or HIV (BBV-RAEL)’. Key findings focusing on HIV, ageing and end-of-life planning will was presented, based on in-depth interviews and the online Delphi consensus building with the project’s key stakeholders.

PLHIV ageing and end-of-life planning: what’s the national policy agenda?

Video:  Dr John Rule (NAPWHA) presenting on ‘PLHIV ageing and end-of-life planning: what’s the national policy agenda?‘   

Preparing the community for ageing and aged care service engagement

Video:  Joel Murray (ACON) presenting on ‘Preparing the community for ageing and aged care service engagement‘.

PLHIV ageing and aged care service provision: role of peer-navigators

Video:  Chris Howard (Queensland Positive People) presenting on ‘PLHIV ageing and aged care service provision: role of peer-navigators’.

Ageing and aged care: serving a diverse PLHIV population groups

Video:  Jane Costello (Positive Life NSW) presenting on ‘Ageing and aged care: serving a diverse PLHIV population groups‘. 

The role of peer-navigation in PLHIV support services: needs and gaps

Video:  Neil Fraser (Positive Life NSW) presenting on ‘The role of peer-navigation in PLHIV support services: needs and gaps‘. 

Highlights from the Virtual Australasian HIV&AIDS Conference 2021

Mon 6 — Fri 10 September 2021

The complete program for the joint virtual Australasian Sexual Health and HIV&AIDS Conference #HIVAIDS2021 & #SH2021 has a large variety of live and on-demand full program online. NAPWHA has compiled a selective list of program highlights that may be of interest for our communities below.

Tues 7 Sep (9:30am) Plenary Speaker highlight: David Caron

David CaronWhat Do I Know? What Can I say? What Should I Do? (40 Years with AIDS) – David Caron, Professor of French and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan USA

David Caron is Professor of French and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan and a Guggenheim Fellow. He is the author of AIDS in French Culture: Social Ills, Literary Cures (Wisconsin, 2001) and My Father and I: The Marais and the Queerness of Community (Cornell, 2009). He has also co-edited a volume of essays on Charlotte Delbo, Les revenantes (Le Mirail, 2011). His latest book, entitled The Nearness of Others: Searching for Tact and Contact in the Age of HIV (Minnesota, 2014), offers a personal look at the experience, meanings, and politics of HIV disclosure. He is currently at work on a book on the poetics of personhood in contemporary queer cinema from Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

 

On-demand abstract program

#139 – Mutually reinforced concerns about long-term use of Antiretroviral Treatment by PLHIV in Australia presented by Brent Allan (Qthink)

Background:  Positive Perspectives 2 (PP2) is an international survey of people living with HIV (PLHIV) across 25 countries (N=2,389 global, N=120 Australia) run by ViiV Healthcare which aimed to generate insights into unmet needs of PLHIV with respect to indicators of health related quality of life (QoL) and included attitudes to daily antiretroviral (ART) usage. HIV Futures 9 (HF9) is a cross sectional survey of Australian PLHIV (N=847) run by La Trobe University which aimed to better
understand factors affecting QoL including the impact of daily ART.

Tues 7 Sep (1pm) – What is it going to take to end stigma?

This is an interactive panel discussion with Australian stakeholders about working together to address the ongoing challenge of stigma and HIV. The panel will explore their own experiences and learning and share some examples of best practise.

Co-chairs:  Steven Spencer (NAPWHA) & Christy Newman
Speakers and Q&A panelists:  Carla Treloar (CSRH, UNSW Syd), Karl Schmid (ABC America reporter and founder of +Life), Karl Johnson (ACON), Aaron Cogle (NAPWHA), Jessica Michaels (ASHM), Jules Kim (Scarlett Alliance)

Video below:  ACON’s latest campaign, It’s Time to Think Positive About HIV, showcases the kind of allyship that can end stigma, through the reflections and connections between people living with HIV and their HIV negative allies.

 

 

Tues 7 Sep (2pm) – The HIV and sexual health needs of bi+ people

In this exciting pioneering session – a first-ever bi+ community-led session – Eloise Montiero presents an Introduction and the unique experiences of bi+ people in HIV and sexual health; and Jennifer Power speaks on Bisexual men living with HIV: wellbeing, connectedness and the impact of stigma.

Co-chairs:  Steven Spencer (NAPWHA) & Christy Newman
Speakers:  Eloise Monteiro (NAPWHA), Benjamin Bavinton (Kirby Institute, UNSW), Jennifer Power (ARCSHS, La Trobe University), Ruby Grant (University Of Tasmania), Brian Feinstein (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Panel Discussants:  bi+ community members with diverse experience, including Sarah Feagan (NAPWHA)

 

Tues 7 Sep (4pm) – Rethinking women and HIV: New paradigms for prevention and care

In this session – community member, Rita Broughton brings Perspectives from women living with HIV; Heather Mugwagwa delivers an abstract on #Missing Voices: Building HIV positive women’s meaningful engagement with HIV clinical and cure research. Speakers from Kirby Institute present on an exciting project: “It was like my body was dancing through the pencils:” Meditative process art with women living with HIV in Australia.

Co-chairs:  Sarah Feagan (NAPWHA) and Eloise Monteiro (NAPWHA)
Speakers:  Kirsty Machon (Positive Women Victoria), Heather Mugwagwa (Positive Women Victoria), Alison Carter and Patricia Morgan (Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney), Jane Costello (Kirby Institute; Positive Life NSW)

Tues 7 Sep (4pm) – Strengths-based approaches to HIV prevention, care and support for gay, bisexual and queer-identifying men

In this session – Tim Kruilic (Living Positive Victoria; LaTrobe University) presents on Peer support for People Living with HIV from a strengths-based perspective; Karl Johnson (ACON) speaks on Thinking positively about HIV. Phillip Keen (Kirby Institute) presents on Factors associated with PrEP uptake and prevention of HIV among men in NSW..

Co-chairs:  Jeanne Ellard (AFAO) and Dean Murphy (Kirby Institute)
Other Speakers:  Matthew Vaughan (ACON), Denton Callander (Columbia University Spatial Epidemiology Lab), Ingrid Young (University of Edinburgh)

Tues 7 Sep (6pm) – HIV, Migration and Mobility: Legal Barriers and Support Needs

This session includes legal and clinical presentations on supporting people living with HIV in migration. Including Jimmy Yu-Hsiang Chen The experience of migrating to Australia for a person living with HIV; Alexandra Stratigos presents on How to migrate to Australia for someone living with HIV.

Co-chairs:  Kate Bath (ASHM) and Benjamin Riley (ASHM)
Speakers:  Mary Crock (Sydney Law School, USyd), Alexandra Stratigos (HALC), Jimmy Yu-Hsiang Chen (NAPWHA), David Nolan (Royal Perth Hospital Department Of Immunology), Jason Ong (Melbourne Sexual Health Centre)

Tues 7 Sep (6pm) – Regulating Sex

Co-chairs:  Shelley Kerr (ASHM) & Robert Mitchell (NAPWHA)
Speakers:  Heath Paynter (AFAO), Aaron Cogle (NAPWHA), Zahra Stardust (Queensland University of Technology), Jules Kim (Scarlet Alliance)

Wed 8 Sep (11:30am) – Proffered Paper Session: Peer-based models and PLHIV

#195 Understanding the effect of COVID-19 restrictions on peer support staff and programs presented by Brent Clifton (Positive Life NSW)

Qualitative interviews with 21 HIV support program staff across Australia were conducted to identify how social distancing restrictions and working from home policies impacted service provision. An inductive thematic analysis was conducted.

#142 Measuring quality of life to inform the Australian national HIV response: Information from HIV Futures 9 presented by Dr Jennifer Powers (LaTrobe University)

HIV Futures 9 was a cross-sectional, self-reported survey of adults living
with HIV in Australia (N=847). Data were collected in 2018/2019 via a questionnaire completed online or in hardcopy which covered a range of topics including health, financial security and social connectedness. Quality of Life (QoL) was measured using the PozQol scale, a 13-item scale developed in Australia specifically to measure QoL among
PLHIV. Descriptive and bivariate analysis were used to identify factors which support QoL.

#189 Peer navigation with women and heterosexually-identifying men; overcoming isolation and building community presented by Anth McCarth and Sarah Feagan (Living Positive Victoria)

Living Positive Victoria, by employing female and heterosexual male peers, substantially increases engagement with heterosexual communities. Peers who role model dignity, self-respect and openness can inspire and offset shame and internal stigma in others. Peer navigators receive supervision and training, are client-centred and employ interpersonal skills to earn trust and respect. They respond to a diverse client group, support HIV health literacy and provide guidance through health systems. They lead carefully designed social and health promotional events to allow peers to meet, share and learn together. Community is created and strengthened. Evaluation is embedded.

#134 Community based delivery of same day PrEP (iPrEP) presented by Mark Fisher (Body Positive Inc, Auckland)

Community peer based testing is a discrete way to provide HIV testing to an audience that doesn’t engage with their regular healthcare provider. By partnering with a GP clinic an innovative approach was initiated in May 2020 which enabled peer testers at Body Positive to provide immediate access to PrEP (iPrEP) for MSM at risk for HIV as identified through inconsistent condom use with casual partners.

#190 COVID-19 vaccine acceptability among people living with HIV (PLHIV) and HIV-negative pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users presented by Dean Murphy (Alfred Health, Melbourne)

COVID-19 vaccine acceptability in Australian PLHIV is unknown. In 2021, during Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, we surveyed PLHIV and HIV-negative pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users to evaluate their likelihood of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine via the VAXPLORE study.

Wed 8 Sep (11:30am) – Proffered Paper Session: Clinical Management & Therapeutics

U=U: ASHM Guidance for Healthcare Professionals

#66 Supporting the healthcare workforce to stamp out scepticism about U=U: the 2020 ASHM guidance for healthcare professionals presented by Brent Allan (Qthink)

This U=U: ASHM Guidance for Healthcare Professionals  and Undetectable Roadmap Poster follows international best practice by providing a set of five recommendations for healthcare providers (HCP) to follow based upon up to date advice from other countries and international health agencies. The most critical message in this guidance is for HCP to inform their patients of this scientific knowledge: keeping their HIV viral load at an undetectable level by consistently taking HIV medications means that they will not pass HIV to others through sex.

Wed 8 Sep (2pm) – Are we on-track to achieve Quality of Life for All by 2030?

NAPWHA hosts an exciting symposium asking a vital question: ‘Are we on-track to achieve Quality of Life for all people with HIV by 2030?’

This session provides delegates with a greater understanding of the intersection of how the patient and healthcare provider relationship is linked to a high health-related quality of life and provide an opportunity for ASHM delegates to influence the development of a Community Accord on Quality of Life of PLHIV in Australia.

Hosted by:  Daniel Reeders (NAPWHA)
Speakers:  Dr Nneka Nwokolo, ViiV Healthcare and Brent Allan, Policy Advisor, ASHM, ICASO and the IAS
Panel Discussants:  Dr Jason Ong, Michael Brown, Dr Vincent Cornelisse, Abbie, Dr Catriona Ooi, Emil Canita, Dr Clara Tuck Meng

Wed 8 Sep (6pm) – ASHM launch of ‘The Optimal Scenario and Context of Care’

This session will be presented as a panel of international and domestic experts to present upon the challenges and opportunities that exist in the area of infant feeding options for people living with HIV specifically in resource-rich countries that often have conflicting advice to what is provided to people living with HIV in resource-poor settings.

Hosted by:  Brent Allan (ICASO) and Kirsty Machon (Positive Women Victoria)
Speakers:  Dr Lucy Stackpool-Moore (IAS), Jessica Whitbread, (HIV Rights Activist), Dr Michelle Gilles (Monash HIV, Monash Infectious Diseases), Heather Ellis (Positive Women Victoria)

Wed 8 Sep (6pm) – Clinical Management & Therapeutics in Transgender Health

This session will be presented as a panel of international and domestic experts to present upon the challenges and opportunities that exist in the area of infant feeding options for people living with HIV specifically in resource-rich countries that often have conflicting advice to what is provided to people living with HIV in resource-poor settings.

Co-chairs:  Dr Darren Russell (Cairns Sexual Health Service) and Teddy Cook (ACON)
Speakers:  Dr Clara Tuck Meng Soo (Hobart Place General Practice), Dr Asa Radix (Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, New York), Rena Janamnuaysook (Institute of HIV Research and Innovation, Bangkok)

Thu 9 Sep (11:30am) – Selected proffered papers: Social Political & Cultural Aspects

#141 Fifty and positive: Findings from HIV futures 9 on mental health among people living with HIV aged 50 years presented by Jennifer Power (ARCSHS, La Trobe University)

Background:  The average age of the population of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Australia is now around 50 years. Ageing with HIV presents complexities with respect to managing ageing-related health conditions alongside HIV. However, less is known about the impact of ageing with HIV on mental health and quality of life, an issue we explore in this paper.

#82 Quality of Life for All presented by Daniel Reeders (NAPWHA)

Background:  A project developing online training modules covering ‘HIV 101‘ prompted NAPWHA to consider what key messages we would want to share with someone new to the HIV sector. Not just to orient new colleagues to established and familiar ways of working, but to prepare for the future of the Australian community-based HIV response.

Thu 9 Sep (2pm) – Selected Abstract Spotlight Session

#191 – Heard but not seen: Experiences of telehealth by people living with HIV (PLHIV) in COVID times presented by Dr Dean Murphy (Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney)

Background:  COVID-19 has brought about – or hastened – innovations in clinical care such as ‘telehealth’ (i.e. consultations conducted via video-conferencing platforms or telephone) that are likely to persist beyond the pandemic. It is therefore important to consider the ways in which the clinical encounter is changed through these innovations.

Thu 9 Sep (4pm) – Making an HIV diagnosis

This session explores the ways in which HIV diagnosis is undertaken and experienced. It will include discussion of the diagnosis encounter (and how this has changed over time), as well as data collection activities related to a new HIV diagnosis, current practices around initiation of antiretroviral therapy, and referral of newly diagnosed people into other services such as peer-based support.

Co-chairs:  Dr John Rule (NAPWHA) and Prof. Edwina Wright (Alfred Health)
Speakers: This session includes presentations including Daniel Reeders presenting on Learning modules for HIV diagnosis (see also: HIV 101); Dr Allyson Mutch presenting on HIV Peer Navigation: GPs Perspective; and Chris Howard speaking on Peer navigation: Design and implementation)Carole Khaw (Adelaide Sexual Health Centre), Dr Dean Murphy (Kirby Institute / Alfred Health), Chris Howard (Queensland Positive People)

Fri 10 Sep – COVID-19 conference day

Devils in the Details – Making sense of COVID-19 is a one-day conference, featuring thematic sessions from a range of speakers.

This inaugural, free and open to all is an opportunity for the Australasian region to hear more about emerging and unpublished science on COVID-19 and to strengthen collaboration between research groups nationally, across our region and internationally.

AIDSwatch2020: “U=U: The impact on Australia”

AIDSWatch is the largest, constituent-based national HIV advocacy event. Organized by AIDS United, the Treatment Access Expansion Project and the U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus, each year AIDSWatch brings together hundreds of people living with HIV and their allies to learn about the latest policy issues, messaging strategy, and advocacy tactics.

In the current situation with COVID-19 the conference moved to a virtual one, and NAPWHA’s Charlie Tredway was asked by Prevention Access Campaign to set an early morning alarm to speak to the impact of U=U on Australia, touching on Denton Callender’s presentation at CROI and what works about our HIV response.