A Unified Program

Over the years the AIDS epidemic has changed related scientific, social and political needs dramatically. Early international conferences focused on sharing research and medical findings about what was a relatively new disease. More recently, as our understanding of the science of HIV infection has steadily increased, attention has been devoted to creating opportunities for sharing our understanding in social, public health and community-related areas, including local and national experiences in response to the epidemic. International AIDS Conferences, under the custodianship of the International AIDS Society (IAS), have continuously worked to adjust content and format to respond to the evolving HIV/AIDS pandemic.

It is crucial to maximize and sustain the value of the International AIDS Conferences to all concerned groups to ensure maximum relevance of the meetings – from both a scientific and social perspective.

Taking into account this goal and the current characteristics of the pandemic, the principal objectives of the Conference Program have been identified as follows:
• To further increase the scientific quality of the meeting;
• To unify science and community efforts to secure Access for All;
• To focus on increasing insights into local commitment, effective leadership, global accountability and actions facilitating Access for All.

The unified program, in an active attempt to appeal to all, brings program components together from the beginning, gathering input and developing sessions that will address the needs of a broader scope, and meet the concerns of a larger proportion of participants. The interaction between the programming committee participants in the decision- making process encourages interconnectivity in related fields and promotes a cross-fertilization of ideas. Through the unified sessions, the Conference Organisers hope, that the connections made, the lessons shared and ideas heard will bring about the changes desperately needed.

The abstract driven component of the Conference will consist of oral abstract presentations, poster presentations and poster sessions. Abstracts will be submitted in one of two formats for consideration in any one track.

This component of the Conference program will offer the highest caliber of state of the art knowledge. Abstracts will be sought from scientists, activists, policy makers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people working at the program level in all areas of knowledge related to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

All components will aim to share information and data from the biomedical, behavioural and social sciences as well as from public health-related areas. Abstract driven sessions will address specific research questions and hypotheses in the five tracks, A to E. Abstract contents will be either research-based data using established scientific methods or demonstrate experience and information from individuals or organisations working in the field.

The XV International AIDS Conference welcomes all abstract submissions in all Tracks and Categories listed.