AIDS 2018 Conference

Burnet Institute has a strong voice at the International AIDS Conference - AIDS 2018 - in Amsterdam, the Netherlands this month.

A significant number of Burnet staff had abstracts selected for high profile oral presentations at AIDS 2018, many more will present posters, and many were successful in winning International AIDS Society scholarship support for travel and registration, ensuring the Institute’s groundbreaking research in this field has a profile at the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world.

The conference convenes the world’s experts to advance knowledge about HIV, present new research findings, and promote and enhance global scientific and community collaborations in synergy with other health and development sectors.

An important aspect of AIDS 2018 is the promotion of human rights based and evidence-informed HIV responses that are tailored to the needs of particularly vulnerable communities. This includes people living with HIV, displaced populations, men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls, and young people.

Burnet presenters include:

  • Professor Margaret Hellard Symposia session: Key Population-Led Health Services: optimising ‘prevention’ and ‘care’ cascades. Speaking on working with health care professionals and addressing structural barriers to improve key populations' access to quality health care services.

  • Professor Gilda Tachedjian - Co-chairing a session on HIV transmission: Virus, host and microbiome, including a ‘setting the scene’ presentation.

  • Professor Mark Stoové - Oral presentation and poster on HIV prevention in a Fast Track City: Trends in time-dependent HIV cascade indicators among gay and bisexual men attending high HIV caseload testing services in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Dr Clovis Palmer - Oral presentation and poster on Polymorphism rs1385129 Within Glut1 Gene SLC2A1 Is Linked To Poor CD4+ T cell Recovery In Antiretroviral-Treated HIV+ Individuals.

  • Michael Traeger - Oral presentation on Changes, Patterns and Predictors of Sexually Transmitted Infections in Gay and Bisexual Men Using PrEP; Interim Analysis from the PrEPX Demonstration Study.

  • Kathleen Ryan - Oral presentation on continuing structural barriers to HIV/STI testing for migrants attending a community-based HIV testing service in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Sophia Schröder - Oral presentation and poster on “You change who you hang out with”: Understanding hepatitis C risk behaviours and attitudes among HIV-diagnosed gay and bisexual men.

Poster presentations include:

  • Jason Asselin - Understanding risk among male participants enrolled at clinicians' discretion in a PrEP demonstration trial in Victoria, Australia

  • Jason Asselin - Impact of a population-level PrEP implementation project on clinical capacity and HIV testing among gay and bisexual men in Melbourne, Australia

  • Dr Win Lei Yee - Implementation lessons of integrating early infant diagnosis of HIV at point-of-care using Xpert® HIV-1 Qual in four public hospitals in Myanmar

  • Dr Duc Minh Pham - General self-efficacy as a predictor for HIV testing among female sex workers in Mombasa, Kenya

  • Associate Professor Stanley Luchters - The clinical performance and diagnostic accuracy of an instrument-free, low-cost, point-of-care CD4 test (VISITECT® CD4) as performed by nurses, counsellors and laboratory staff among pregnant women in South Africa

  • Liz Comrie-Thomson - Impact of male involvement beyond PMTCT: Male partner practical support improves maternal mental health in rural Zimbabwe

  • Dr Duc Minh Pham - Diagnostic accuracy of Filtered Dried Plasma Spot (FDPS) for HIV viral-load testing using a newly developed plasma separator device

  • Dr Tafireyi Marukutira - Comparing clinical outcomes of immigrants and citizens living with HIV in Botswana: A retrospective cohort study

  • Dr Brendan Quinn - Dose-response relationships between substance use frequency, self-reported involvement in sexual HIV transmission behaviours and HIV viral load among men who have sex with men in Los Angeles

  • Dr Clovis Palmer - Translational immunometabolism offers novel tools to understand mechanisms of HIV disease pathogenesis

The conference will activate political commitment and accountability among governments, donors, private sector and civil society for an inclusive, sustainable and adequately financed response to HIV and associated co-infections and comorbidities.

It will also endeavour to highlight the critical role of HIV prevention, in particular among young people, and its integration in a range of health care settings, and spotlight the state of the epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with a focus on investments, structural determinants and services.

Find out more from the AIDS 2018 official website.

Date & Time

Monday, 23 July, 2018 – Friday, 27 July, 2018

Contact Details

For more information about this event, please contact:

Professor Mark A Stoové

Head of Public Health