AIDS2020 Announces Shift to Virtual
The International AIDS Society today released a statement that the 23rd International AIDS Conference will become virtual, in light of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. Per the release, AIDS 2020: Virtual will enable delegates to access and engage with the latest HIV science, advocacy, and knowledge traditionally presented at the conference. It will be a compelling combination of virtual sessions and community networking, including exhibitions, workshops, the Global Village, satellites, and pre-conferences, that will reach audiences around the world. The decision was informed by advice from the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, leading global and local health authorities, and people living with HIV around the globe. "In particular," they emphasize, "we are acutely aware that there is not yet sufficient data on whether people living with HIV are more susceptible to COVID-19 or more likely to develop severe disease. Therefore, we have a special obligation to reduce any potential risk to the HIV community."
San Francisco based conference co-chair Dr. Monica Gandhi of UCSF notes, "while we are disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome you in person to the Bay Area, AIDS2020: Virtual has the opportunity to shape the future of global gatherings, further equalizing access and creating new pathways for collaboration. I am humbled by the commitment and dedication of our CCC and planning committees as we work to ensure this landmark conference has unprecedented international impact."