We occasionally get questions about where one can go to get expert information on linkage to care and/or retention in care. Well, besides us, of course, there are a few options available. For websites, we suggest AIDS.gov as an excellent starting point. Once there you will find a great many other resources.
If you want to get your information straight from the horse’s mouth then there is no better way to do so than to attend a conference, get to a poster presentation or a workshop and then mingle with the authors and presenters.
An interesting one is HIV 2014: Science, Community and Policy for Key Vulnerable Populations. It’s on May 5, 2014 and you can find the website at HIV 2014. The conference, this year, focuses on the UNAIDS’ vision of three zeros—zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths, and zero discrimination. This year’s one day conference, which is also available on the web, will convene clinicians, scientists, activists and policy makers with the shared goal of improving outcomes for HIV in key vulnerable populations. And it’s being held right here in NYC, at the New York Academy of Sciences which is on Greenwich St.
If you are looking for something a little farther away but just as enlightening then perhaps you would be interested in the 9th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. This conference is sponsored by IAPAC (The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. This year’s conference is 3 days long, from June 8th through June 10th and takes place in Miami. The conference provides an annual forum for the presentation and discussion of state-of-the-science HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, as well as current behavioral and clinical perspectives in practicum, within the context of achieving the maximum therapeutic and preventative benefit of antiretroviral therapy across the continuum of care. We expect that there will be a great deal of focus on linkage and retention work. And, in fact, we will be presenting a poster on our work on Sunday night of the conference. For more details you can go to: IAPAC.
Another option is the 20th International AIDS Conference which is being held in Melbourne, Australia from July 20th through July 25th. This conference is biennial and is definitely the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, people living with HIV and others committed to ending the epidemic. It is a tremendous opportunity for researchers from around the world to share the latest scientific advances in the field, learn from one another’s expertise, and develop strategies for advancing all facets of our collective efforts to treat and prevent HIV. We’re certainly interested in what comes out of this year’s conference in relation to linkage to care and retention in care. For more info: International AIDS
Finally there is the U.S. Conference on AIDS, this year being held in San Diego from October 2nd through October 5th. USCA is the largest AIDS-related gathering in the U.S., bringing together thousands of workers from all fronts of the HIV/AIDS epidemic—from case managers and physicians, to public health workers and advocates, people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) and policy-makers—to build national support networks, exchange the latest information and learn cutting-edge tools to address the challenges of HIV/AIDS. For more info on this conference check here: US AIDS Conference
Certainly there is a lot more going on than the four events listed above, but if you are looking for first hand information on linkage and/or retention it would be harder to find more suitable offerings. We’d certainly like to be able to get to all of them. Maybe next year.
Written by Steven Sawicki