HIV & Adolescence 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

After careful deliberation, the Organizing Committee and Virology Education have decided to reschedule the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence. The workshop will now take place from 28 - 30 November 2020 in Windhoek, Namibia, prior to the INTEREST 2020 Conference and the African Stigma & Discrimination Forum

Due to these special circumstances, we will extend the deadline for the submission of abstracts and program proposals. The new deadline is 14 August 2020. Abstracts and proposals already submitted may be withdrawn and resubmitted with updated data before 14 August 2020 upon request.

We are available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about your participation. For more information, please contact Rikke Rode at Rikke.Rode@vironet.com

Virology Education is exploring options to integrate virtual elements into our live programs. We hope that by diversifying the meeting structure, we will be able to welcome more audiences to this workshop who may encounter issues related to travel and/or health concerns. Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding the format of the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence 2020.

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International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence 2020

Adolescents are developmentally at a difficult crossroads, which makes it challenging to attract and sustain adolescents’ focus on maintaining their health. Every effort must be made to engage and retain adolescents in care so they can improve and maintain their health for the long term.

The medical advances that have transformed HIV treatment into a manageable disease have yet to alter the stark reality for young people within key populations, particularly in low to middle-income countries, such as those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Even as AIDS-related mortality has decreased overall in recent years, AIDS-related deaths among adolescents increased by 50%. In other words, AIDS is far from over - especially for young people.

At major meetings, advances in HIV management focuses mainly on either adults or children, often excluding adolescents as a key population. We have initiated the International Workshop on HIV & Adolescence to meet this need for international interchange and advance the field by addressing challenges with innovative solutions.

This workshop is set up as an inclusive summit for multidisciplinary experts working with adolescents affected by HIV. The objective will be to share experiences, knowledge, and best practices with the aim of defining a pathway forward for optimizing the care of adolescents living with HIV.

The program will cover the entire spectrum of developmental changes in adolescents including social, behavioral, physiological, and biological aspects and the impact of an HIV-positive status. Prevention programs, testing, treatment, and support services among adolescents shall be discussed. The barriers encountered in delivering these services and ways to mitigate these barriers shall be key areas of discussion during the workshop.