IAS Selects Montreal for AIDS 2022
On May 25, 2021, the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced that the 24th International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2022, will occur in Montreal, Canada, and virtually from July 29 to August 2, 2022 with pre-conference meetings set to begin on July 27, 2022. Registration for AIDS 2022 will begin in November 2021.
The biannual International AIDS Conference, first convened in 1985, is the world’s largest gathering regarding HIV/AIDS. It provides scientists, advocates, and human rights activists to exchange information to strengthen programs and policies to ensure that evidence-based responses to the pandemic.
Canada has hosted the International AIDS Conference in 1989 (when advocacy took center stage for the first time), 1996 (the first reports of an effective triple combination of ART), and 2006 (focused on accountability). Vancouver also hosted the IAS-convened 2015 Conference on HIV Science.
Canada’s Minister of Health, the Honorable Patty Hajdu, said in the IAS press release, “We know that there is still a long way to go in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In 2022, Canada will proudly host AIDS 2022 so that we can further our commitments to ending the HIV and AIDS global epidemic. We remain committed to our 95-95-95 targets, moving towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and to reducing stigma and discrimination. By bringing together domestic and international partners, we can redouble our collective efforts to improve the health of all our citizens and finish the fight against HIV and AIDS.”
The co-chairs for the event are Adeeba Kamarulzaman, IAS President, and Jean-Pierre Routy, of McGill University.
To ensure that people from low- and middle-income countries have access to the conference, the IAS will support in-person attendance and virtual participation through a scholarship program. This will include the provision of internet data and devices to help bridge the digital divide for people in resource-limited settings.
To sign up for emails regarding the IAS conference, please log on to https://www.aids2022.org/.
—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.