The 2020 International AIDS Conference will be held in San Francisco and Oakland in July 2020.
NSWP has long been vocal in its concerns over the choice of the USA as a host country for AIDS2020. Travel restrictions affecting sex workers, people who use drugs and people with a criminal record, as well as people from predominantly Muslim countries and some countries in Central America, create a significant barrier for many sex workers to participate in the conference. Following the official announcement of the AIDS2020 host city, community-led networks came together to organise an international community-led alternative event HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Response. HIV2020 will run concurrently with AIDS2020, from 5 - 7 July, and will be key population-led, inter-disciplinary, sex positive and will focus on community-led responses to HIV.
NSWP recognises that some sex worker activists, particularly those in the USA, may wish to attend AIDS2020. NSWP is not calling for a boycott by its members; and acknowledges and supports the role of our communities and groups of people living with HIV who will be there advocating for a rights-based, community-led domestic agenda. However, NSWP will not participate in AIDS2020, as one of the co-organisers of HIV2020, NSWP will focus on ensuring sex workers, gay and bisexual men, people who use drugs and transgender people from across the world will be able to safely participate in an alternative event in Mexico City that allows them to strategise and set community priorities.