22nd International AIDS Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018

Media advisories

Press conference schedule for Tuesday 24 July

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Dear Journalists,

Please see below for the press conference schedule for tomorrow, Tuesday, 24 July, 2018. Sessions will take place in either press conference room 1 (G106-107) or press conference room 2 (G109) as indicated below. Both press conference rooms are located on the first floor of the RAI Amsterdam, directly above the media centre.

All official AIDS 2018 press conferences will be live streamed here, and individual press releases for each official AIDS 2018 press conference will be shared in advance with the direct live stream link.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


Tuesday, 24 July, 2018

9:00-9:45 CEST
Title: HIV research prevention highlights
Location: PCR1, G106-107
Overview: At this press conference, important new data will be released on “treatment as prevention,” PrEP, and HIV vaccine development.

  • First results from PARTNER2 – a follow-up to the landmark PARTNER study – with new evidence on the effectiveness of “treatment as prevention” in gay men
  • Data from the ANRS PREVENIR study of “PrEP on demand,” a follow-up to the IPERGAY study
  • New research on the possibility that feminizing hormone therapy may affect the efficacy of PrEP in transgender women
  • Progress in the development of “digital PrEP,” which would provide a new way to monitor PrEP adherence precisely and in real time
  • The first long-term results from APPROACH, a major HIV vaccine study evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of multiple regimens


  • Linda-Gail Bekker, AIDS 2018 International Chair
  • Frank Tomaka, Senior Director, Janssen, Franchise Clinical Leader, HIV Vaccines
  • Jean-Michel Molina, St-Louis Hospital and University of Paris Diderot, ANRS, France
  • Akarin Hiransuthikul, The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre               
  • Sara H Browne, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego & President, Specialists in Global Health          
  • Alison Rodger, University College London, United Kingdom

10:00-10:45 CEST
Title: HIV treatment and cure research highlights
Location: PCR1, G106-107
Overview:This press conference will feature HIV treatment and cure research highlights, including several new studies involving the drug dolutegravir.

  • Detailed safety and efficacy data from the GEMINI studies of an experimental two-drug treatment for HIV (dolutegravir + lamivudine)
  • Results from a “real world” cohort study in Brazil looking at the comparative effectiveness of a three-drug, DTG-based regimen – tenofovir plus lamivudine plus dolutegravir (TDF+3TC+DTG)
  • Latest data on the possibility that dolutegravir-based HIV treatment may be linked to birth defects
  • Results from RIVER, the first randomized controlled trial of a “kick and kill” approach to attacking HIV reservoirs


  • Linda-Gail Bekker, AIDS 2018 International Chair
  • Pedro Cahn, Scientific Director of Fundacion Huesped, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Rebecca Zash, Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Research Associate, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership
  • Sarah Fidler, Professor of HIV medicine, Imperial College London UK
  • Mariana Veloso Meireles, Department of STI, AIDS and Viral Hepatits - Ministry of Health of Brazil
  • Sharon Lewin, FRACP, Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital

11:00-11:45 CEST
Topic: Harm reduction and the war on drugs: community-based work in a challenging environment in francophone Africa and the Caribbean
Location: PCR1, G106-107
Organizers: Coalition PLUS, AIDES

11:00-11:45 CEST
Topic: ICASA and New Trends in Africa
Location: PCR2, G109
Organizer: Society for AIDS in Africa

12:00-12:30 CEST
Topic: How can we achieve the UNAIDS 90/90/90 goals by 2020? Mylan, the world’s largest producer of antiretrovirals, hosts a roundtable discussion to answer your questions
Location: PCR1, G106-107
Organizers: Mylan

13:00-13:45 CET
Topic: Cutting through the noise of AIDS 2018
Location: PCR2, G109
Organizer: International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)

14:15-15:00 CET
Topic: Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Location: PCR2, G109


  • Chris Beyrer, Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sir Elton John, Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • David Furnish, Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Lambert Grijns, Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS, Government of the Netherlands
  • Louise van Deth, Director, Aidsfonds
  • Alexey Lahov, Project Coordinator, Humanitarian Action
  • Assel Terlikbayeva, Regional Director, Global Health Research Centre of Central Asia

16:00-16:45 CET
Topic: Are efforts to #endAIDS by 2030 at a optimistic point or vulnerable point?
Location: PCR1, G106-107
Organizers: Citizen News Service, AIDS Society of India, People’s Health Organization

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