2018 International AIDS Conference Roundup

The 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam focused on breaking barriers and building bridges in the HIV response, and highlighted the importance of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations.

Sofia Gruskin, director of the USC Institute for Global Health and Program on Global Health & Human Rights (GHHR), and Laura Ferguson, GHHR associate director, weighed in from the meeting with the journal Reproductive Health Matters:

Hear more perspectives on RHM’s website: http://www.rhmatters.org/news/voices-aids-2018-perspectives-srhr/

The Urgency of Eliminating Stigma in Health Settings

Laura Ferguson presented on eliminating discrimination and stigma in health care settings. See the visual representation of her talk:

She also presented on the baseline and endline evaluation highlights of the Global Fund project Regional HIV Grant for Removing Legal Barriers to Access.


The AIDS conference 2018: a critical moment

In a Reproductive Health Matters editorial, Sofia Gruskin and Julia Hussein, the journal’s editor-in-chief, note the tenor changes of the AIDS Conference since its inception in 1986.

Read the editorial »


A Renewed Call to Action on SRHR–HIV Linkages

Linking sexual and reproductive health (SRHR) and rights to HIV is an important strategy for reaching United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 3: “Good health and wellbeing,” and associated Target 3.8: “Achieving universal health coverage,” particularly for young people, and people living with and affected by HIV.

A call to action also launched at AIDS 2018, asking the global community to take 10 actions urgently needed to advance both SRHR and HIV prevention, treatment and care. A satellite symposium convened a panel, including Laura Ferguson as a discussant, to examine current progress in this space, looking at community engagement, policy coordination, systems strengthening and service delivery aspects.