27 October 2021
Running for four days until Saturday 30 October, the hybrid biennial conference brings cutting-edge HIV science to London where it is hoped lessons learned from Covid-19 can impact on HIV services across the world, as well as get the HIV response back on track.
Under the theme "Crossing borders," the conference will be a hub for the exchange of cutting-edge science, showcasing innovations in clinical care and supporting partnership working in HIV. In addition to the scientific programme, the conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate the resilience of communities impacted by both HIV and COVID. Panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on display to delegates and the public throughout the conference in ExCeL’s ICC.
The conference will also centre on on London's lead in the race to eliminate HIV, with a keynote speech by Professor Kevin Fenton, NHS London Regional Director of Public Health and Co-Chair of the London Fast-Track Cities initiative.
The UK capital has already succeeded in reaching UNAIDS initial goals, achieving 95% of people diagnosed, 95% of whom are on HIV treatment and 95% of those on treatment with an undetectable level of the HIV virus in their blood, meaning that they cannot pass on HIV to others sexually. London aims to be the first city to reach zero new HIV infections, zero preventable HIV-related deaths and zero HIV stigma by 2030.
In addition, ExCeL has collaborated with EACS on a special legacy piece highlighting AIDS in the local Newham and East London area. On display in the main hall, the piece shows key figures and real-life stories of those living with AIDS in the immediate area, together with the work of AIDS workers and treatment centres.
The 18th European AIDS Conference runs from 27-30 October.