Background of AIDSImpact 2015

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.

AIDSImpact first convened in Amsterdam in 1991. Now, in 2015 the 12th AIDSImpact conference returns to the city.

Each AIDSImpact meeting attracts delegates new to the field as well as a core group of loyal psychosocial and behavioral 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 behavioral, 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 behavioral response to the HIV epidemic over the past 25 years.

The 2015 Amsterdam conference will promote pioneering work on understanding the dynamics of a changing epidemic. A key focus will be consideration of new choices for HIV prevention following the increased availability of biomedical interventions as well as those of lower-threshold HIV-testing options. Understanding the behavioral and psychosocial consequences, advantages and challenges in the integration of such interventions within different global contexts holds the key to their future success. Together with consideration of other social challenges in the implementation of HIV-prevention, treatment and care programs world-wide, the 2015 12th AIDSImpact conference in Amsterdam promises to be a stimulating event.