Men & HIV Forum

Together with partners, the Differentiated Service Delivery (DSD) programme of the International AIDS Society (IAS) is pleased to announce that registration for the Men & HIV Forum is now open. The forum will be held in Mexico City prior to the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) this July.

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Location: Fiesta Americana México Toreo,
Blvrd Manuel Ávila Camacho 5, Lomas de Sotelo, C.P. 53390 Mexico City

Registration for the event is now closed. For further information, please contact the team at [email protected]

Forum background

There is growing recognition that engaging men will be key to reaching the 95-95-95 Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) targets for HIV by 2030. In 2017, UNAIDS released the report, Blind spot: Reaching out to men and boys, acknowledging that men are disproportionately less likely than women to know their HIV status, less likely to access and adhere to HIV treatment and more likely to die as a result of AIDS-related illnesses. Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, has increasingly highlighted the need to engage men, particularly with regard to HIV testing services. The Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief emphasizes the need for an “acceleration of optimized HIV testing and treatment strategies particularly to reach men under age 35”. At AIDS 2018, the MenStar Coalition was launched with a pledge of US$1.2 billion in an effort to engage young men and boys to end the AIDS epidemic.

Forum scope

The Men & HIV Forum, convened by the IAS and partners, will provide a unique opportunity to bring together diverse scientific, political and community interests to discuss current opportunities and challenges for increased prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV for men and boys. The forum will bring together key stakeholders from ministries of health, civil society and community, funders, implementers and researchers. In addition, the forum will seek to include those from outside of HIV – professionals from other disease areas who have successfully engaged men in health services.

Forum objectives

The objectives of the forum are to:

  • Share the current evidence base highlighting HIV outcomes for men
  • Highlight the barriers and structures that have led to poorer outcomes for men living with HIV
  • Present best-practice interventions and research that have been implemented to support improvements in outcomes for men living with HIV
  • Debate and discuss what the next steps are to ensure greater uptake and access of HIV services among men
  • Hear from successful interventions to engage men from other disease areas and outside of health
  • Bring the conversation about men and HIV to the forefront ahead of IAS 2019.

Forum Coordinating Committee

The Men & HIV Forum is being coordinated by a committee convened by Anna Grimsrud (IAS) and includes:

  • Wole Ameyan (World Health Organization, WHO)
  • Helen Ayles (Zambart)
  • Clancy Broxton (United States Agency for International Development)
  • Tom Coates (University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA)
  • Morna Cornell (University of Cape Town)
  • Meg Doherty (WHO)
  • Kate Dovel (Partners in Hope/UCLA)
  • Shari Dworkin (University of Washington)
  • Bactrin Killingo (International Treatment Preparedness Coalition)
  • Shawn Malone (Population Services International)
  • Lauren Marks (Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator)
  • Dean Peacock (Promundo)
  • Julie Pulerwitz (Population Council)
  • Tanya Shewchuk (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

More information

For more information, please contact [email protected]. For more information on DSD, visit https://www.iasociety.org/Differentiated-Service-Delivery or www.differentiatedservicedelivery.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Mexico City!