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The International AIDS Conference 2020 will be held in San Francisco and Oakland, USA, between 6th-10th July. This is 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. 

HIV2020 will run between 5th-7th July 2020 in Mexico City, and 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

The three-day programme will follow a unique structure:

Day 1 will provide opportunities for affinity – thematic caucuses, and opportunities for professional groups, networks, national and regional advocates to gather, to have ‘in-house’ discussions.

Day 2 will underscore intersectionality in the HIV response and will be organised as a series of concurrently-run, all-day programs, chosen from an open call for expressions of interest. Day 2 will include scientific and thematic programs, training academies, and opportunities to examine the success of flagship community-led programs.

Day 3 has been affectionately dubbed the day of solidarity. Day 3 will bring together affinity groups and discussions about intersectional responses to HIV. Specifically, this day will feature plenary keynote addresses and panel discussions which aim to take the key messages from Days 1 and 2 and define next steps for a community-led HIV response.

Organisers of HIV2020 also agreed to use the event to promote a cross-cutting advocacy platform which includes ending oppressive laws, policies, and practices negatively impacting people living with and affected by HIV. Advocates also recommitted to holding governments accountable for the provision of high-quality, evidence-informed, rights-based, affordable HIV prevention, care, and treatment and other health services.

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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