July 23, 2018 - July 27, 2018

22nd International AIDS Conference

Conference Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conference Website: https://www.aids2018.org/

The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 23-27 July, 2018 at the RAI Convention Center. The theme of AIDS 2018 is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations.  The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will be in attendance to share and learn at this event. EGPAF will present four oral presentations, one poster discussion, and 10 poster presentations (please click on the titles of our abstracts below to link to their full-text versions). We will also host four satellite sessions, one workshop, and a Global Village panel discussion. EGPAF will also present an oral on rapid, point-of-care infant HIV testing and a poster discussion on adolescent care and treatment, as well as eight poster presentations at the affiliated 10th Workshop on Pediatrics, taking place just prior to AIDS 2018. Please visit us at any and all of these presentations and events. We invite you to stop by our booth in the exhibition center (#209) to learn more about our work in over 5,000 sites across 19 countries.

*Poster Presentations: EGPAF staff will be on-hand to answer questions about the work described in posters between 12:30 and 14:30 on their day of presentation (see below).

Satellites and Workshops

Satellite: Diagnose, Treat, Innovate: A Paradigm Shift for Ending Pediatric AIDS
Date: July 23, 2018 | 12:30 – 14:30
Location: Room 011B
Summary:

The session will highlight promising, ready-to-scale innovations for HIV diagnosis, treatment and monitoring; discuss evidence supporting their scale up and describe the opportunities and barriers to ensuring access to these innovations that complement the role of PMTCT programs. Speakers from various regions and implementers across the pediatric continuum of care, will discuss experiences ensuring consistent, affordable access to innovations and their use in delivering care to a vulnerable population.

Point-of-Contact: Maria Buser, Senior Coordinator (mbuser@pedaids.org)

 

Satellite: The Power of Peer-led HIV Services: Adolescent Treatment Success in Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe
Date: July 23, 2018 | 17:00 – 19:00
Location: Room G104-105
Summary:

This satellite will share current adolescent program data, explain peer-led HIV services, and facilitate dialogue around the rights and roles of adolescents in their HIV care and services. It will include presentations from technical leads and voices of adolescents around treatment access, adherence and support services.

Point-of-Contact: Katie Wallner, Technical Officer (kwallner@pedaids.org)

Global Village Panel Discussion: Bridging the Generational Divide: Dialogue between Youth and Health care Providers on Successful Management of HIV
Date: July 25, 2018 | 12:30-13:30
Location: Youth Pavilion Session Room
Summary:

This session will include short presentations, followed by an interactive discussion and role-playing with youth representatives. The audience will be encouraged to weigh in on performances and speak freely about their experiences with friendly and non-friendly HIV services.

Point-of-Contact: Katie Wallner, Technical Officer (kwallner@pedaids.org)

Satellite: Key Considerations and Implementation Tools for Introducing New HIV Point-of-Care (POC) Diagnostic Technologies into National Health Programs
Date: July 26, 2018 | 18:30 – 20:30
Location: Room G104-105
Summary:

This session will provide a broad overview of the POC HIV diagnostics landscape and present key activities and tools for countries to consider as they introduce and integrate POC diagnostics within their national programs.

Point-of-Contact: Maria Buser, Senior Coordinator (mbuser@pedaids.org)

Satellite: The Unfinished Business of Pediatric HIV Case Finding: Intensifying Efforts to Diagnose HIV-Infected Children
Date: July 26, 2018 | 7:00 – 8:30
Location: Hall 11A
Summary:

As new pediatric HIV infections decline and young adolescents become adults, reaching the 57% of children living with HIV and not yet on ART will become increasing challenging. EGPAF, together with Baylor, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the ELMA Foundation will host speakers to share evidence-based and game-changing approaches for improving pediatric case-finding, and will discuss forward-looking priorities for intensifying momentum, and scaling up proven strategies to reach all undiagnosed children and young adolescents.

Point-of-Contact: Theresa Wolters, Director, Technical Assistance (twolters@pedaids.org)

Workshop: Bringing the Test to the Patient: Methods and Tools for Integrating Innovative Point-of-Care HIV Testing into National Laboratory Networks
Date: July 27, 2018 | 11:00 – 12:30
Location: Room E105-108
Summary:

This workshop will discuss key programmatic inputs needed to successfully introduce and sustain POC testing. It will also focus on acquiring skills to foster leadership and governance for POC testing, assess and identify appropriate facilities and products, prepare facilities, train and mentor staff, monitor and assure testing quality, and procure and manage POC commodities.

Point-of-Contact: Rebecca Bailey, Associate Director (rbailey@pedaids.org)

Oral Abstract Sessions

Abstract Title: Bringing the test to the patient: Diagnosing and treating more infants, faster
Date: July 24, 2018 | 14:30-16:00
Location: Hall 11A
Presenter(s): Flavia Bianchi
Summary:

Session Title: Taking testing to the next level

Abstract Title: Male engagement works to improve HIV services uptake among men
Date: July 25, 2018 | 11:00-12:30
Location: Hall 11A
Presenter(s): Thabiso Lekhotsa
Summary:

Session Title: Reaching men: Yes we can!

Abstract Title: Meaningful engagement of schools and school-based advocates in supporting adolescents living with HIV in Kenya
Date: July 26, 2018 | 13:00-14:00
Location: Hall 11B
Presenter(s): Natella Rakhmanina
Summary:

Poster Discussion Session Title: #NextGeneration: Programming for adolescents

Abstract Title: HIV mother-to-child transmission in Cameroon: Early infant diagnosis positivity rates by entry point and key risk factors
Date: July 26, 2018 | 14:30-16:00
Location: Room G102-103
Presenter(s): Patrice Tchendjou
Summary:

Session Title: Better care: Enhancing mother and child outcomes

Abstract Title: Birth outcomes and HIV-free survival with Option B+ in Lesotho: Results from an observational prospective cohort study
Date: July 26, 2018 | 14:30-16:00
Location: Room G102-103
Presenter(s): Appolinaire Tiam
Summary:

Session Title: Better care: Enhancing mother and child outcomes

Poster Presentations

Can a short-haul specimen referral system work efficiently to access point-of-care early infant diagnosis testing? Lessons from Lesotho and Zimbabwe.
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Jeff Lemaire
Lessons from scaling-up HIV viral load (HVL) testing in Tanzania: The importance of monitoring the HVL cascade
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Roland van de Ven
Optimizing HIV case finding and linkage to care and treatment among adolescents in western Kenya through a comprehensive case finding intervention package
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Judith Kose
Do peer-led adolescent support groups improve retention? Lessons learned from Tanzania
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Roland van de Ven
Who does HVL testing reach first? Lessons from Tanzania’s first year of scaling up HVL accessibility
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Gretchen Antelman
Improving viral load test sample quality, coverage and suppression on antiretroviral therapy patients through quality improvement: a before-after study from Southwestern Uganda
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Ali Kwizera
Addressing the needs of pregnant HIV-positive adolescent girls and young women: A growing need
Date: July 25, 2018
Author(s): Esther Tumbare
Task shifting for POC early infant diagnosis testing: Comparison of error rates between nurses and specialized laboratory trained Personnel
Date: July 26, 2018
Author(s): Francis Simmonds
Community-based HIV-free survival in high-prevalence settings after introduction of Option B+: Results from Lesotho
Date: July 26, 2018
Author(s): Appolinaire Tiam