HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response

HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, a community-led event to provide an alternative for individuals who cannot or will not participate in the AIDS2020: Virtual conference in protest of the International AIDS Society’s selecting San Francisco and Oakland for their bi-annual conference, has been forced to take their efforts online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have also expanded and reimagined their plans for the conference, making it a four-month series of two-hour online activities via Zoom.

The conference began with two pre-conference online sessions in June and will continue through late October, 2020. The full calendar of events can be downloaded at All sessions will be made available free of cost as online recordings, and translations will be available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Russian. These virtual sessions will include live-streamed keynote addresses from leaders in the field, panel presentations led by community advocates and community-led service providers, and virtual discussion rooms aligned with the HIV2020 themes of affinity, intersectionality, and solidarity. HIV2020 will conclude by sharing information and highlights from the virtual event on World AIDS Day 2020 on December 1.

The HIV2020 session topics will range from increasing funding for community-led responses to HIV to linking HIV with broader health and human rights movements. “Most importantly,” the HIV2020 website states, “our event is committed to reaffirming the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.”

To stay up to date on HIV2020, please visit

—Reporting by Hank Trout

Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.