On 15-16 May, AFAO held our 2015 Members Forum in Sydney. The forum is a chance for AFAO members to come together to network and discuss issues and strategies for the coming year.
The 2015 forum was attended by over 40 delegates, representing AFAO national and state/territory Members and Affiliate Members. Presentations were delivered by Members as well as representatives from other health organisations and research centres across the country.
Topics explored at the two-day event included: HIV testing, community based and peer-led programs, community dispensing, community education campaigns, device and medication regulation and advocacy, biomedical prevention, and research projects and initiatives focusing on mobile and CALD populations.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention (TasP) were particularly hot topics, as these are both key issues in HIV prevention right now. What was clear from discussions is that these important new prevention strategies impact specific communities quite differently, resulting in a range of views and priorities for advocacy and strategy amongst the AFAO membership.
The blog posts that follow summarise content and link to slides from the two days of presentations, panel sessions and discussions across four broad areas:
- Research and policy ('Beyond the Targets')
- HIV Testing
- Biomedical prevention (TasP and PrEP)
- Advocacy and updates