What is End AIDS: The HIV Prevention & Outreach Summit?
End AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit is a conference that welcomes all people interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS. With information on the latest treatment, research, prevention, and outreach strategies, this conference provides information for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), people working in the HIV/AIDS or related fields, and the general public. End AIDS shares evidence-based strategies and best practices for working with PLWHA and those at risk, explains vital health information in non-academic language, and amplifies the voices of PLWHA.
Who is the Audience?
The audience is regional and includes:
- People living with HIV/AIDS and those at risk
- Those working in the HIV field such as case managers, social workers, health care providers, prevention workers, street outreach workers, city employees, researchers, sexual health educators
- Those working in related fields who may be working with people living with HIV or those at high risk and who want to learn more about how HIV impacts their communities, such as faith-based groups, school nurses, mental health agency staff, drug and alcohol specialists, shelter and recovery house staff, and more
- The general public, including family and friends of people living with HIV, and anyone interested in learning more about HIV/AIDS
When submitting your workshop, please keep in mind the audience at the Prevention & Outreach Summit.
AIDS Education Month 2017: One Community, Recommitting to the Fight
The theme for this year’s AIDS Education Month is “One Community, Recommitting to the FIGHT.” In 2017, we are entering a time of uncertainty within the healthcare field, and we are seeing backlash against the gains in human and civil rights that activists have pushed for through decades of bravery and hard work. However, we refuse to accept any less than equal healthcare for all people. We draw strength by looking to those who laid their careers, their freedom, and their lives on the line in the fight for effective HIV treatments in those early years of the AIDS epidemic, before our medical system and our country knew how to combat the virus and its impacts. We are inspired by activists’ quests to use knowledge as a tool for self-empowerment, and their dogged pursuit of treatment, prevention, and justice.
As you create your workshops, please consider how your content fits into this theme.
End AIDS: The HIV Prevention and Outreach Summit Workshop Tracks
Presenters may submit workshops for any of the following tracks. Some presentations may be relevant to more than one track. Submissions should indicate the primary track that the presentation falls under and then any secondary tracks. You may submit a workshop that does not fit into any of these categories but you must explain its relevance to the Summit.
Research and Treatment: The latest research around treatment and prevention technologies including HIV cure research, vaccines, microbicides, PrEP and PEP, condoms, circumcision, housing, or particular risk behaviors (i.e. anal sex) or populations, and research advocacy. Workshops submitted to this track can also focus on research literacy, e.g. workshops on how to interpret data, key terms often used in research, and information about clinical trials.
Women: How to reach HIV+ women and connect them to care, prevention strategies for women at risk of HIV, coping strategies for women and their families, options counseling and reproductive rights, violence or abuse and the connection to HIV, discussion around relationships, access to mental health services, new interventions for women, and advocacy or activism around women’s issues.
Sex Work: The latest strategies on outreach to and services for sex workers, sensitivity training on understanding the complicated lives and needs of sex workers, how to reach different populations of sex workers, interventions for sex workers, legal issues and the criminal justice system, trafficking, and activism around sex work.
LGBTQ: Interventions, research, and unique approaches to reaching lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or gender questioning individuals, innovative local services, understanding stigma, access to mental health services, services and programs for LGBTQ youth, and epidemiology of LGBTQ populations..
Spanish Language: This track is devoted to offering all workshops in Spanish on topics that are relevant to a predominantly Spanish speaking population.
Youth: This track is aimed at adults who are working with youth, 13-24; strategies on talking about sexual health with youth, barriers to care for HIV+ youth, prevention with at risk youth that are struggling with homelessness, aging out of foster care, have a history of abuse, trauma, behavioral and learning disabilities, and/or mental illness, and innovative interventions targeting youth.
Faith-Based: This track addresses the development or sustaining of HIV ministries, spirituality and healing for PLWHA, engaging providers and communities of faith in combating HIV, and how to address stigma in faith communities.
Justice & Policy: Local and national policies that impact PLWH/A and prevention work, as well as allied issues (i.e. healthcare reform, medical marijuana, needle exchange), how these policies affect HIV programming, research, and funding, and advocacy and activism taking root around these policies.
In the Field: Workshops that provide training on different evidence-based approaches to doing prevention and outreach work including: social networking testing, harm reduction, burn-out prevention, using multimedia and other tools for prevention and outreach, program planning, implementation, evaluation, trauma informed-care, and funding.
Homelessness and Housing: Latest research and statistics on housing as prevention, housing first models, effects of unstable housing and homelessness among people living with HIV and those at risk, recovery housing, mental health housing, rental assistance, shelters, and advocacy and activism around housing and homelessness.
Love, Sex, and Relationships: This track has workshops that are developed by people living with HIV for people living with HIV to discuss important topics such as: sex and relationships, families, children, parents, stigma, support networks, health care, self-care, mental health, and more.
HIV & Substance Use: The intersection of HIV and addiction, IDU interventions, drug policies and the war on drugs, crack/cocaine and HIV, recovery models and HIV, harm reduction, meth and HIV, and the connection of drug use and mental health treatment.
Hepatitis C: The intersection of Hep C and HIV co-infection, new treatments, innovative strategies for addressing both diseases, latest statistics on Hep C infections, and the impact of Hep C on people living with HIV.
PrEP: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is an exciting new prevention tool. This track is devoted to exploring research around PrEP efficacy, PrEP programs that are taking place regionally, and understanding the successes, strategies, and challenges for those who are taking PrEP
The Continuum of Care: This track is devoted to exploring strategies for testing, linking new and out of care positives to medical care, getting PLWH on HAART, and helping those on meds to become virologically suppressed. Effective models and research for providing targeted testing, opt-out testing, testing by neighborhood, linking those who test to care for early treatment, and keeping HIV-positive individuals in care.
HIV & Aging: Research on the aging process for those living with HIV, how to stay healthy as PLWH/A get older, chronic illnesses associated with aging that impact PLWH/A, and prevention models for older adults.
Mental Health and HIV: This track discusses the intersection of HIV and mental health. Workshops in this track discuss mental healthcare programming available for PLWHA, successful models of mental health counseling and services for PLWHA, and specific topics that healthcare providers should be aware of pertaining to HIV.