AIDS Impact is a small biennial meeting of researchers in the fields of behavioural and social science for HIV treatment and prevention. The 2017 conference hosted 540 delegates from 58 countries.
A rousing opening “presentation” by University of Stellenbosch researchers
This conference highlighted structural barriers to, and interventions for prevention. Important themes of the 2017 conference included the HIV risk associated with stigma, mental health issues and gender-based violence. There was little attention to social and behaviour change interventions. As with previous conferences this year (AIDS 2017, SA AIDS) there was a strong emphasis on adolescents.
EHPSA at AIDS Impact
EHPSA researchers had a large presence at the conference, with four EHPSA studies making a total of 13 presentations:
Together Tomorrow launch
The Together Tomorrow team used the AIDS Impact Conference as an opportunity to launch their study. A media roundtable about HIV risk and male-male couples was held in the margins of the conference. This was well attended and, so far has resulted in five print articles in large-circulation South African newspapers, five online articles, five radio interviews and two television slots.
Prof Heidi van Rooyen addresses media roundtable on Together Tomorrow research results.