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Mission, vision and values

The IAS has been at the centre of the HIV response from the very start of the pandemic. We developed a holistic approach for this pandemic, which challenges us on a human level, as well as scientifically, morally, financially and politically. This page articulates our identity and sets out what we aim for, why we believe in our approach, how we go about achieving our objectives and who we work and engage with along the way.


To galvanize the scientific response, build global solidarity and enhance human dignity for all those living with and affected by HIV.


A world in which HIV no longer presents a threat to public health and individual well-being.


We convene leading minds to accelerate scientific discovery. We advocate for evidence-based and stigma-free policies. We educate change makers to ensure the global HIV response follows the science and puts people first.

Value proposition

The IAS unites the global HIV response because progress happens when science, policy and activism come together. 

Core values 

Put people first

  • We are independent and ultimately accountable to people living with and affected by HIV.
  • We weigh and measure our actions against their impact on people’s lives.
  • We champion an environment that empowers all to be part of the conversation.
  • We respect the lived experiences of all and foster a diversity of perspectives.

Build bridges & collaborate

  • We unite disciplines, sectors and people at all levels to drive progress in the HIV response.
  • We build trust by sharing knowledge and being transparent.
  • We hold ourselves individually responsible for the collective excellence of our work.

Be evidence-based & open-minded

  • We follow the science and promote evidence-based dialogue.
  • We intentionally seek out data to inform our attitudes, decisions and actions.
  • We evolve by challenging our biases and encouraging curiosity.

The IAS promotes the use of non-stigmatizing, people-first language. The translations are all automated in the interest of making our content as widely accessible as possible. Regretfully, they may not always adhere to the people-first language of the original version.