22nd International AIDS Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018

AIDS 2018 official press conference programme

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Official Press Conferences
MONDAY 23 JULY 2018

Official AIDS 2018 Opening Press Conference
18:00-18:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Speakers:

Linda-Gail Bekker (Chair)
MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, and AIDS 2018 International Chair (South Africa)

Peter Reiss
Professor of Medicine, Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam/ AIDS 2018 Local Chair

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director General, World Health Organization

Conchita
Artist

Quinn Tivey
Ambassador & Officer, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Mercy Ngulube
Activist, CHIVA

Official Press Conferences
TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018

HIV Prevention Highlights Research
09:00-09:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Speakers:

Linda-Gail Bekker (Chair)
MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, and AIDS 2018 International Chair (South Africa)

Frank Tomaka
MD , Senior Director, Janssen , Franchise Clinical Leader, HIV Vaccines

Jean-Michel Molina
Prof, St-Louis Hospital and University of Paris Diderot, ANRS, France

Akarin Hiransuthikul
MD,The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre

Sara H Browne
MD MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine
University of California San Diego & President, Specialists in Global Health

Alison Rodger
MD, University College London, United Kingdom

HIV Treatment and Cure Research Highlights
10:00-10:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Speakers:

Linda-Gail Bekker (Chair)
MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, and AIDS 2018 International Chair (South Africa)

Pedro Cahn
MD, PhD, Scientific Director of Fundacion Huesped, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rebecca Zash
Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Research Associate, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership

Sarah Fidler
Professor of HIV medicine , Imperial College London UK

Mariana Veloso Meireles
MSc, Department of STI, AIDS and Viral Hepatits - Ministry of Health of Brazil

Sharon Lewin
FRACP, PhD, Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne and Royal Melbourne Hospital

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
14:15-15:00 | Press Conference Room 1

Speakers:

Chris Beyrer (Chair)
Desmond M. Tutu Professor of Public Health and Human Rights, Johns Hopkins University

Lambert Grijns
Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS, Government of the Netherlands

Assel Terlikbayeva
Regional Director, Global Health Research Centre of Central Asia

Alexey Lahov
Project Coordinator, Humanitarian Action

Louise van Deth
Director, Aidsfonds

Sir Elton John
Founder, Elton John AIDS Foundation

David Furnish
Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation

Official Press Conferences
WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2018

The Future of HIV Funding
09:00-09:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Speakers:

Jennifer Kates (Chair)
Vice President and Director, Global Health & HIV Policy Kaiser Family Foundation

Annie Haakenstad
Researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington

John Stover
Director of Modeling and Analysis
Avenir Health

Deepak Mattur
UNAIDS, Geneve, Switzerland

Maureen Milanga
Senior Campaigner, East Africa, HealthGap

Sub-Saharan Africa: New Insights, New Impact
10:00-10:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Speakers:

Linda-Gail Bekker (Chair)
MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, and AIDS 2018 International Chair (South Africa)

Hon. Minister Bernard Haufiku
Minister of Health and Social Services, The Republic of Namibia

Diane Havlir
MD, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Moeketsi Joseph Makhema
CEO, Botswana Harvard Aids Institute

Velephi Okello
Deputy Director Clinical Services at Ministry of Health Eswatini
Principal Investigator, MaxART Early Access to ART for All Implementation Study

Aleya Khalifa
Statistics Officer, HIV/AIDS, UNICEF

Allan Achesa Maleche
Executive Director KELIN- Kenya

The Criminalization of HIV
14:30-15:15 | Press Conference Room 2

Speakers:

Linda-Gail Bekker (Chair)
MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, and AIDS 2018 International Chair (South Africa)

Peter Godfrey-Faussett
Senior Adviser, Science, UNAIDS, (United Kingdom)

José Zuniga
International Association of Providers of AIDS Care

Edwin Bernard
HIV Justice Network

Sarai-Chisala Tempelhoff
Women Lawyers Association, Malawi

Kerry Thomas
Sero Project

Official Press Conferences
THURSDAY 26 JULY 2018

Sex Workers & End Demand Policies
10:00-10:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Speakers:

Linda-Gail Bekker (Chair)
MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, and AIDS 2018 International Chair (South Africa)

Elena Argento
PhD(c), University of British Columbia Research Associate, Gender and Sexual Health Initiative

Hélène Lebail
Assistant research professor, CNRS - Sciences Po, Centre de Recherches Internationales, Paris, France

Duduzile (Dudu) Dlamini
SWEAT/Sisonke and Mothers for the Future Coordinator

Loveness Bowa Gunda
Drop In Centre Manager, Health Worker, YONECO

O'Cindy Cynthia Samuels
Youth Representative, Guyana Sex Workers Coalition

Official Press Conferences
FRIDAY 27 JULY 2018

Impact of the Global Gag Rule (breakfast briefing)
10:00-10:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Speakers:

Anton Pozniak
Executive Director of HIV research and Director of HIV services, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital/ IAS President-Elect, (United Kingdom)

Jennifer Kates
Vice President and Director, Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

Luisa Orza
Technical Lead, Gender and HIV, International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Brian Honermann
Deputy Director of Public Policy, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Chloe Cooney
Senior Director, Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Global and Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Tikhala Itaye
Chairperson, Global She Decides Movement

Barbara Lee
U.S. Representative for California’s 13th Congressional District

Third-party press conference programme

Third-Party Press Conferences
MONDAY 23 JULY 2018

Chase the virus, not people! – Eastern Europe and Central Asia communities call for immediate joint actions in response to HIV crisis in the region.
11:00-11:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Oragnizer: Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM)

Is HIV Sorted?
12:00-12:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Oragnizer: Gilead

Third-Party Press Conferences
TUESDAY 24 JULY 2018

Harm reduction and the war on drugs: community based work in a challenging environment in francophone Africa and the Caribbean
11:00-11:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Organizer(s): Coaltion PLUS
Secondary Organizer : AIDES

ICASA and new trends in Africa
11:00-11:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Oragnizer: Society for AIDS in Africa

Mylan Announces New Initiative to Help Expand Access to PrEP and ARV Treatment
12:00-12:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Oragnizer: Mylan

Cutting through the noise of AIDS 2018
13:00-13:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Oragnizer: International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)

Are efforts to #endAIDS by 2030 at a optimistic point or vulnerable point?
16:00-16:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Organizer(s): CNS (Citizen News Service)
Additional organizer(s): AIDS Society of India (ASI), People’s Health Organization (PHO)

Third-Party Press Conferences
WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2018

Criminal acts – The HIV epidemic cannot end while LGBT people are criminalized
11:00-11:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Organizer(s): Hornet

Out with it: community solutions for the sexual health and rights of young gay and bisexual men
12:00-12:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Organizer(s): MPact f.k.a. MSMGF

A reality check on progress towards HCV elimination in five middle-income countries
13:00-13:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Organizer(s): Coalition PLUS

Hologic, Inc. to announce partnership to improve access to molecular diagnostic testing in resource-limited settings
13:00-13:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Organizer(s): Hologic, Inc.

HIV nurses join nursing now campaign to raise awareness of nurses' response to the HIV epidemic
15:00-15:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Organizer(s): Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Get back on track to end the epidemics
16:00-16:45 | Press Conference Room 1

Organizer(s): Global Fund Advocates Network

Revolutionizing HIV testing
16:00-16:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Organizer(s): Unitaid

Third-Party Press Conferences
THURSDAY 26 JULY 2018

BRAZIL: Latin America HIV/AIDS champion is the first developing country to provide treatment for all and free PrEP
11:00-11:45 | Press Conference Room 2

Organizer(s): Brazilian Ministry of Health

Contact the Media team

media@aids2018.org