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The countdown to AIDS Impact begins


What will it really take to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic?

From 13 to 15 November this year, Cape Town will play host to AIDSImpact 2017. AIDSImpact is an international behavioral and psychosocial science conference that addresses issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, focusing both globally and on specific communities and countries hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Each AIDSImpact meeting attracts delegates new to the field as well as a core group of loyal psychosocial and behavioural researchers, prevention workers, community members and policy makers from universities and institutes across all five continents who use the biannual meeting to present their studies, interventions and prevention schemes. AIDSImpact has evolved as one of the leading platforms for understanding, updating and debating the behavioural, psychosocial and community facets of HIV in light of changing social conditions and medical advances. In fact, a review of past AIDSImpact scientific programs reveals the evolution of the psychosocial and behavioural response to the HIV epidemic over the past 25 years.

AIDSImpact first convened in Amsterdam in 1991. Now, in 2017 the 13th AIDSImpact conference will be held in Cape Town. Plenary speakers include Professor Fred Ssewamala, Professor Audrey Pettifor, Professor Linda Richter, and Professor Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus. The 2017 Cape Town conference will promote pioneering work on understanding the dynamics of a changing epidemic. A key focus will be consideration of new choices for HIV – for prevention, treatment, care and strategic planning.

To access the draft program, please visit