The International AIDS Conference 2020 was due to be held in San Francisco and Oakland, USA, between 6th-10th July. This would have been the second time in a decade that the IAS has decided to host the Conference in the USA, despite the legal travel restrictions affecting sex workers and other key populations. 

On 14th September, the first Sex Worker Pride, NSWP announced its full support for HIV2020, given the IAS decision to host the Conference in the USA. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the HIV2020 Conference has been reimagined as a series of virtual convenings that will take place June through October of this year. The programme will conclude conclude with sharing learnings and highlights from the virtual event on World AIDS Day 2020 in December. 

Registration for HIV2020 is now open and all Online Sessions will be available in English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

HIV2020 will focus on six themes:

  1. Unfinished business of HIV, including unabated HIV incidence among key populations, and ongoing criminalisation, stigma, and discrimination they face;
  2. Access to quality HIV treatment and health services;
  3. Community and key population-led programs;
  4. Funding/investing in community and key population-led responses to HIV;
  5. Intersectionality and diversity within our communities; and
  6. Linking HIV with broader health, social justice, and human rights movements

Statements of support for HIV2020 have been published by: 

For more information and to stay up to date on the latest updates from the HIV2020 Conference, visit or contact

Follow HIV2020 on: Instagram: @HIV2020Conf / Twitter - @HIV2020 / Save the date

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