20th International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference is the premiere gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, persons living with HIV, and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learned, and collectively chart a course forward. The AIDS 2014 program will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV.

Scientific Development Workshops:

Assessing Quality of Population Size Estimates of People Who Inject Drugs (TUWS04)
Tuesday, 22 July, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Room 105–106


  • Riku Lehtovuori, UNODC
  • David Wilson, World Bank
  • Waimar Tun, Population Council

Implementing Operations Research on Gender Based Violence Programs: Successful Strategies and Common Pitfalls (TUWS12)
Tuesday, 22 July, 2:30–5:30 pm
Room 111–112

Co-facilitators: Niranjan Saggurti, Julie Pulerwitz, and Elizabeth King

  • Julie Pulerwitz: "Overview of gender-based violence and violence against children" (2:35 pm) and "Overview of operations research" (3:25 pm)

Satellite Sessions:

Making Sense of Complexity: Key Findings from the Integra Initiative on the Integration of SRH and HIV Services  (TUSA13)
Tuesday, 22 July, 6:30–8:30 pm
Room 203–204

Organizers: Integra Initiative (IPPF, LSHTM, and Population Council)

  • James Kimani: "Can SRH and HIV integration improve health and service delivery outcomes?" (6:40 pm)

New Technologies to Improve Efficiency in VMMC and EIMC Scale Up  (TUSA12)
Tuesday, 22 July, 6:30–8:30 pm
Melbourne Room 1

Organizers: Population Services International, FHI 360, and Population Council

  • Erica Soler-Hampejsek: "Behaviour change pathways to adult voluntary medical male circumcision: Research from Zambia" (7:00 pm)

Arise: Enhancing HIV Prevention Programs for At-Risk Populations (THSA07)
Thursday, 24 July, 6:30–8:30 pm
Plenary 3

Organizer: PATH

Co-presenters: Ibou Thior and Julie Pulerwitz

  • Panel 1: Reaching Hidden At-Risk Populations (Avina Sarna, panelist)
  • Panel 2: Family-Centered HIV Prevention Services (Ravikanthi Rapiti, panelist)
20-25 July 2014

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Australia


Population Council Speakers

Monday, 21 July

Meet the Researcher    |   12:45–1:45 pm | Population Booth #303, Exhibition Hall, Ground Level

Julie Pulerwitz Director, Social and Operations Research, HIV and AIDS

"Successful male engagement strategies in HIV prevention: Lessons learned from the Arise Program"

Poster Discussion    |   1:00–2:00 pm | Room 111–112

Waimar Tun Associate II

Co-chair, Session MOPDE02—Innovative Methods of HIV Programme Evaluation

Oral Session    |   4:30–6:00 pm | Plenary 3

Akash Porwal

"Factors associated with the improvement in institutional capacity of community based organizations among high-risk population groups in India" (Abstract no. MOAE0202)

Session MOAE02—Community-led Responses to HIV, Scale-up and Sustainability: Evidence and Challenges

Tuesday, 22 July

Meet the Researcher    |   12:45–1:45 pm | Population Booth #303, Exhibition Hall, Ground Level

Waimar Tun Associate II

"High HIV incidence in male injection drug users despite harm reduction efforts in Delhi, India"

Meet the Researcher    |   2:15–3:15 pm | Population Booth #303, Exhibition Hall, Ground Level

Jerry Okal

"HIV testing: Novel ways of reaching people at risk and getting results"

Oral Presentation    |   1:00–1:45 pm | Canada Pavilion, #401, Exhibition Hall, Ground Level

Ravikanthi Rapiti

"Enabling access to high quality PMTCT services by community and facility strengthening in Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe"

Wednesday, 23 July

Meet the Researcher    |   2:15–3:15 pm | Population Booth #303, Exhibition Hall, Ground Level

Deepika Ganju

"Transgender persons’ experiences of stigma and violence: A qualitative exploration in India"

Oral Session    |   2:30–4:00 pm | Plenary 1

Jerry Okal

"Potential outlets for distribution of HIV oral self-test kits in Kenya: An exploratory study" (Abstract no. WEAX0104)

Session WEAX01—HIV Testing: Novel Ways of Reaching People at Risk and Getting Results

Thursday, 24 July

Poster Discussion    |   1:00–2:00 pm | Room 105-106

Deepika Ganju

"Factors associated with HIV testing among injecting drug users in India" (Abstract no. THPDC0103)

Session THPDC01—Effective Testing and Linkage to Care

Oral Session    |   2:30–4:00 pm | Plenary 1

Ibrahim Suleiman

"Drug use and sexual risk behaviours among men who have sex with men in Kaduna Metropolis, North central Nigeria" (Abstract no. THAC0204)

Session THAC02—Gay and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM): Prevention within an Accelerating Epidemic

Oral Session    |   4:30–6:00 pm | Plenary 1

Chiedu Ifekandu

"Social networking and HIV associated-sexual risk behaviours among men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who inject drugs (PWID) in Abuja Metropolis" (Abstract no. THAD0103)

Session THAD01—Sexuality and HIV Risk Amongst Gay Men: Options and Choices

Oral Session    |   4:30–6:00 pm | Plenary 1

Parimi Prabhakar

"Association of human rights, communty collectivisation and vulnerability reduction among men having sex with men in India: Myth or reality?" (Abstract no. THAD0105LB)

Session THAD01—Sexuality and HIV Risk Amongst Gay Men: Options and Choices

Oral Session    |   4:30–6:00 pm | Melbourne Room 2

Sangram Kishor Patel

"Is mental depression a serious issue among female sex workers? Evidence from Southern India" (Abstract no. THAB0105)

Session THAB01—Neurocognitive Challenges: What's on Your Mind?