10th IAS Conference on HIV Science 2019

Event Date:
Mexico City, Mexico
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AIDSFree is pleased to present at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) that will take place from July 21-24, 2019, in Mexico City, Mexico. IAS 2019 is the world’s most influential meeting on HIV research and its applications. It presents the critical advances in basic, clinical, and operational research that moves science into policy and practice.

AIDSFree will be presenting the following posters and oral presentations at IAS 2019. Select posters will also be presented at the International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics taking place on July 19-20. If you will be attending the conference, we encourage you stop by to view the results of the project's hard work towards reaching epidemic control and achieving an AIDS-free generation.

AIDSFree Posters and Presentation

Improving HIV testing and linkage to antiretroviral therapy among men through various male engagement strategies in Eswatini

Summary: Men lag behind women in rates of accessing HIV testing services. From October 2016 to September 2017, AIDSFree Eswatini implemented five initiatives targeted at testing men. All strategies helped to identify men who were HIV-positive, although the yield of testing and linkage to care for those found HIV-positive differed among strategies.
Poster Display: Monday, 22 July, 12:30-14:30
Location: Exhibition

Final HIV outcome for exposed infants: Improving mother-baby pair retention in prevention of mother-to-child transmission care in Eswatini through proactive community follow-up

Summary: Determination of final HIV status for HIV-exposed infants is critical in measuring the success of PMTCT programs and ensuring early treatment initiation for children who test HIV-positive. In Eswatini, AIDSFree’s community-based model demonstrated success in improving mother-baby pair retention in PMTCT care through proactive follow-up with home visits by trained and supervised community focal mothers.
Poster display: Monday, 22 July – Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Location: Exhibition
NB: Also being presented at International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics at the Poster Walk: PMTCT Programs on Friday, 19 July, 14:30

Does early infant male circumcision increase mothers’ attendance for postnatal care services? Findings from Iringa, Njombe, and Tabora regions, Tanzania

Summary: Early infant male circumcision (EIMC) is a long-term strategy to maintain high circumcision coverage in areas with high HIV prevalence. AIDSFree found that community and facility EIMC advocacy activities encourage parents to bring infants to postnatal care services for EIMC. Offering EIMC services may be a catalyst to increase rates of postnatal care service uptake by mothers, especially for those infants born at home.
Presentation Day: Tuesday, 23 July, 14:30-16:00
Location: Palacio de Valparaíso 1

Female volunteer community advocates perform at a comparable level with their male counterparts supporting voluntary medical male circumcision services at routine facilities in Tanzania

Summary: In Tanzania, AIDSFree trains and supports both male and female volunteer community advocates (VCA) who conduct voluntary medical male circumcision and early infant male circumcision demand creation. AIDSFree reviewed individual VCA performance data on interpersonal communication activities to increase VMMC uptake in routine facilities, and found that female VCAs achieved the same performance scores as their male counterparts. .
Poster Display: Monday, 22 July, 13:00-14:00
Location: Exhibition

International Workshop on HIV Pediatrics

Improving Health and Social Outcomes of Adolescents - Addressing the Parallel Risks of Pregnancy and HIV though a Home Visiting Program in Kenya

Summary: In Kenya, one in five adolescent girls is pregnant or raising a child, and face many barriers to accessing health and social services. The AIDSFree Jielimishe Uzazi na Afya (JUA) program was a home visiting, case-management intervention that improved health and social outcomes for pregnant adolescents and adolescent mothers and their infants through community-led home visiting teams.
Poster Display: Friday, July 19 - Saturday, July 20
Location: Exhibition


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