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

Media advisories

Press conference schedule for Wednesday 25 July

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Dear Journalists,

Please see below for the press conference schedule for tomorrow, Wednesday, 25 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.

Wednesday, 25 July, 2018
9:00-9:45 CEST
Topic: The future of HIV funding
Location: PCR2, G109
Overview: This press conference will feature news on key issues and trends in global HIV/AIDS funding.

  • New trends in donor government funding for HIV
  • Ways to optimize global investments in HIV within the 55 countries that account for about 90% of all new infections
  • Estimating HIV domestic public spending in low and middle-income countries from 2006-2016
  • Advocate and policymakers’ perspectives on global HIV funding trends


  • Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director, Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Annie Haakenstad, Researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington
  • John Stover, Director of Modelling and Analysis, Avenir Health
  • Deepak Mattur, UNAIDS, Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS    
  • Maureen Milanga, Senior Campaigner, East Africa, HealthGap
  • Baroness Elizabeth Barker, Liberal Democrat Member of the House of Lords, Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on HIV/AIDS

10:00-10:45 CEST
Topic: Sub-Saharan Africa: new insights, new impact
Location: PCR2, G109
Overview: Studies released at this press conference will show major progress on HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and highlight challenges ahead.

  • A UNICEF study analyzing how demographic trends affect the prospects for controlling HIV among young people in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Evidence that the first African country has reached the ambitious UNAIDS 2020 target for HIV viral suppression
  • New data from the SEARCH, a community-cluster randomized study evaluating whether ‘test and treat’ reduces HIV incidence in Kenya and Uganda
  • Botswana-based evaluation of the combined impact of several prevention strategies, including linkage to care, early treatment, and voluntary male circumcision
  • Data from the world's first implementation trial of “universal test and treat” in a government-managed health system


  • Linda-Gail Bekker, AIDS 2018 International Chair
  • Aleya Khalifa, Statistics Officer, HIV/AIDS, UNICEF
  • The Honorable Minister Bernard Haufiku, Minister of Health and Social Services, The Republic of Namibia"
  • Diane Havlir, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA
  • Moeketsi Joseph Makhema, CEO, Botswana Harvard Aids Institute               
  • Velephi Okello, Deputy Director Clinical Services at Ministry of Health Eswatini, Principal Investigator, MaxART Early Access to ART for All Implementation Study
  • Allan Achesa Maleche, Executive Director KELIN- Kenya

11:00-11:45 CEST
Topic: Criminal Acts -The HIV Epidemic Cannot End While LGBT People Are Criminalized
Location: PCR2 (G109)
Organizer: Hornet

12:00-12:45 CEST
Topic: Out With It: Community Solutions for the Sexual Health and Rights of Young Gay and Bisexual Men
Location: PCR2 (G109)
Organizer: MPact f.k.a. MSMGF

Topic: A reality check on progress towards HCV elimination in five middle-income countries
Location: PCR1 (G106-107)
Organizer: Coalition PLUS

Topic: Hologic, Inc. to announce partnership to improve access to molecular diagnostic testing in resource-limited settings
Location: PCR2 (G109)
Organizer: Hologic, Inc.

14:30-15:15 CEST
Topic: The criminalization of HIV
Location: PCR2, G109
Overview: This press conference will highlight the release of an expert consensus statement calling for an end to HIV criminalization laws.


  • Linda-Gail Bekker (Press conference chair), AIDS 2018 International Chair
  • Peter Godfrey-Faussett, Senior Adviser, Science, UNAIDS
  • José Zuniga, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
  • Edwin Bernard, HIV Justice Network
  • Sarai-Chisala Tempelhoff, Women Lawyers Association, Malawi
  • Kerry Thomas, Sero Project

15:00-15:45 CEST
Topic: HIV Nurses Join Nursing Now Campaign to Raise Awareness of Nurses' Response to the HIV Epidemic
Location: PCR1 (G106-107)
Organizer: Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
16:00-16:45 CET
Topic: Get back on track to end the epidemics
Location: PCR1 (G106-107)
Organizer: Global Fund Advocates Network

16:00-16:45 CET
Topic: Revolutionizing HIV testing
Location: PCR2 (G109)
Organizer: Unitaid


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