HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been inextricably linked since the start of the HIV epidemic. A new era of global health and development driven by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers a fresh opportunity to address the critical health issue of STIs through greater involvement, interaction and coordination between the HIV and STI fields. The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) in Amsterdam, with its focus on HIV within the broader global health context, offers an excellent opportunity to explore the state of knowledge, best practices and a research agenda regarding HIV and STIs.
In the era of universal treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) STI 2018 will identify new challenges, emerging issues, and opportunities for research and programme implementation to counter increases in bacterial STIs (i.e. syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia) being observed in many settings. The conference will explore critical issues related to antimicrobial resistance and reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health to ensure an integrated approach.
STI 2018 will combine keynote presentations and roundtable discussions to provide a thorough investigation of the current state-of-the-art in STI prevention, treatment and care specifically in the context of the HIV epidemic. It will include a number of overarching themes looking at the interface between the two disease areas. The meeting will be organized as an official pre-conference to AIDS 2018 at the RAI Amsterdam on 21-22 July 2018 with an expected attendance of 400-500 scientists, clinicians, programme implementers, advocates and community representatives.
All STI 2018 attendees must be registered for AIDS 2018 or have a pre-conference day pass. Attendance at STI 2018 will be on a first-come first-served basis, with no separate registration process. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to sign up in order to receive updates on the meeting programme and location.
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