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

Media advisories

Press conference schedule for Friday 27 July

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Dear Journalists,

Please see below for the press conference schedule for tomorrow, Friday, 27 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.

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Friday, 27 July
10:00-10:45 CEST
Topic: The impact of the global gag rule (breakfast briefing)
Location: PCR2, G109
Overview: Studies released at this press conference will document the impact of the US government’s expanded Mexico City policy – also known as the “global gag rule.” Breakfast will be provided for attending media.

  • Report examining the impact of the expansion of the global gag rule on PEPFAR-funded NGOs
  • The impact of the gag rule on organizations in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe that provide HIV services that are integrated with sexual and reproductive health
  • Assessment of the gag rule’s applicability in several African countries, including analysis of an “exception” when local law requires expressly abortion counselling and referrals
  • Additional evidence of the gag rule’s impact, both now and historically, and strategies for sustaining global health progress in this environment
  • Real world examples of the effects of the gag rule on local advocates
  • An insider view from a US policymaker


  • Anton Pozniak (Chair), IAS President-Elect
  • Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director, Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Luisa Orza, Technical Lead, Gender and HIV, International HIV/AIDS Alliance
  • Brian Honermann, Deputy Director of Public Policy, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
  • Chloe Cooney, Senior Director, Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Global and Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Tikhala Itaye, Chairperson, Global She Decides Movement
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