International AIDS Society

The International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA)

ICASA is a biennial conference that alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for exchange of experiences and lessons learned from around the world, when responding to HIV, AIDS, and STIs. This event is the continent’s largest gathering of HIV/AIDS activists and researchers.

ICASA 2013

17th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2013) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on 7-11 December 2013.

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ICASA 2011

16th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA 2011) will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 4-8 December 2011, in the Millennium Hall. More than 10,000 delegates are expected from around the world, including experts in the fields of HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB, and Malaria.

The theme for ICASA 2011 is “Own, Scale-up, Sustain”, which was chosen to highlight the conference as an advocacy platform to mobilize African leaders, partners, and the communities with the intent of increasing ownership, commitment, and support for the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This conference hopes to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and skills of successful practices and techniques in Africa. With this exchange of knowledge, Africa can increase evidence-based responses to HIV/AIDS, STIs, TB, and Malaria and work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

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IAS Collaboration

The IAS supported the conference by providing technical assistance to the secretariat for logistical, programmatic, monitoring and evaluation and project management issues.

IAS Activities

Reports: Workshops:
  • Abstract Workshops - "How to Write and Submit a Conference Abstract" (English | Français)
  • Manuscript Workshops - "Publish or Perish: Writing and Publishing Scientifc Manuscripts" (English)
  • Integrating Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation - The Logframe Approach (English | Français)
Presentations: Press Release: Blog: Exhibition booth:
  • The IAS had an exhibition booth during the conference, where delegates could sign up for or renew their IAS membership; ask questions to IAS staff; and collect information on the IAS, its conferences, policy and research promotion activities, including the Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS). The booth was a popular place for delegates to meet and discuss, and nearly 100 members took the opportunity to settle their membership dues during the four days of the exhibition.

ICASA 2008

The 15th ICASA conference was held on 3-7 December 2008, in Dakar, Senegal. Close to 10,000 delegates attended representing over 130 countries.

The theme, ”Africa’s Response: Face the Facts”, sought to highlight the need to sustain the progress that has been achieved in preventing new HIV infections and enabling more individuals the ability to receive antiretroviral treatment.

For the first time in the history of the ICASA conference, there was an extensive presentation on the issues perceived by international lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. This groundbreaking achievement appeared to mark a positive shift in the attitudes of the participants. Sexual minorities were able to submit their concerns to international donors, national organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS, and African governments.

The IAS supported ICASA 2008 by providing technical assistance on the scholarship programme, programme building, monitoring and evaluation and logistical issues.

IAS Collaboration

The IAS worked together with the Society of AIDS in Africa (SAA) and other partners, including the local leadership and the Secretariat in Senegal to organize ICASA 2008. As a member of the International Steering Committee, IAS contributed to determining the theme, goals and overall conference programme. IAS also provided technical assistance in logistics, fundraising, programme building, scholarships, commercial sponsorship, satellites and exhibitions.

During the conference the IAS organized a total of nine activities involving delegates and three more activities which aimed at IAS members and partners: Special Session on key outcomes of AIDS 2008 in the African context, two skills building workshops in English and French on how to write an abstract; two skills building workshops in English and French on monitoring and evaluation of the HIV/AIDS response; a satellite session on research on women and children. a pre-conference education course on scaling-up of treatment and a booth in the exhibition area.

Previous ICASAs






Abuja, Nigeria



Nairobi, Kenya



Ouagadougou,Bukina Faso



Lusaka, Zambia



Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire



Kampala, Uganda



Marrakech, Morocco



Dakar, Senegal



Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo



Marseille, France



Arusha, Tanzania



Naples, Italy



Brussels, Belgium


Previous Years

Click on the links below for a summary of previous ICASA conferences:

2011 | 2008 | older