9th HIV Transmission Workshop 2014

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Dear colleague,

The 9th International Workshop on HIV Transmission - Principles of Intervention, was held in Cape Town, South Africa on 25 - 26 October 2014.


The Organizing Committee would like to thank all invited speakers and participants for their contribution to this workshop!

We would like to thank our sponsors AbbVie, Janssen, NIH, ViiV Healthcare and Gilead for making this event possible.

We are glad to inform you that both the abstract and program book as well as the slides of the presentations given during the meeting (provided the speaker's consent was received) are available online at www.infectiousdiseasesonline.com.

We look forward to seeing you again next year! Please feel free to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

The HIV Transmission Workshop took place just before the HIV Research for Prevention 2014: AIDS Vaccine, Microbicide and ARV-based Prevention Science meeting (28-31 October) also in Cape Town and we were leased to collaborate with the HIV Research for Prevention 2014 meeting.

Over the years, advances in HIV treatment have led to an enhanced understanding of the virus and improved care of HIV infected patients. However our insights into the spread of the HIV virus remain limited. A more extensive exchange of knowledge on the various aspects of HIV transmission provides important perspectives for a better approach to the epidemic. For this purpose, an integrated forum was set up in 2006 to reveal perspectives of experts from different fields enabling discussion on all relevant mechanisms of HIV transmission. The annual Transmission Workshops have since continued to prove themselves valuable to those specialized (or specializing) in HIV transmission.

The main objectives of this meeting are to provide a forum for basic scientists, clinicians, virologists, epidemiologists and public health officials to present and to discuss the various aspects of the transmission of HIV. The ultimate goal of the meeting is the integration of efforts from all relevant disciplines in order to constrain the spread of (drug-resistant) HIV.

The workshop addresses the following important topics:
• Biology of HIV transmission
• Virology of HIV transmission events
• Epidemiology & modelling of HIV transmission
• Mother-to-child transmission
• Transmission of drug-resistance
• Biomedical approaches for HIV prevention of sexual transmission
• Social sciences & behavioural risk factors

We hope to seeing you again next year.

Kind regards,

Eric Arts, PhD – Case Western Reserve University, USA
Ron Swanstrom, PhD – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Carolyn Williamson, PhD – University of Cape Town, South Africa  (guest chair 2014)

Chairs 2014