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The Population Council Shares New Research at IAS 2019

Population Council researchers will share new research and insights on the latest in the HIV and AIDS epidemic at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) in Mexico City, Mexico July 20-24. IAS 2019 is the largest open conference on HIV science in the world.

Population Council researchers led or participated in nearly 20 studies to be presented in Mexico City, on topics such as pregnancy outcomes among HIV-positive women on antiretroviral therapy, strategies to support female sex workers to reduce their HIV risk, effects of integrated programming on HIV outcomes for adolescent girls and young women, factors increasing HIV risk for young men, links between depression and adherence to HIV treatment and reducing stigma in HIV service delivery, among other topics.

Many of the studies to be presented in Mexico City are drawn from the Council’s leadership work under the DREAMS partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women and their male partners in 15 sub-Saharan African countries; Project SOAR, a USAID-funded, Population Council-led initiative to generate critical evidence to improve HIV prevention, care and treatment policies and programs around the world; and Avahan, the India AIDS initiative to reduce HIV transmission and lower the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in vulnerable high-risk populations in India.

Our DREAMS implementation science research is focused on understanding HIV risk for women and girls and their male partners, and how multi-sectoral prevention programming influences that risk. This research is drawing important conclusions about how testing uptake and adherence to HIV treatment can be improved and about how men and boys can be engaged more effectively in the global HIV response. Among the presentations from the Council’s Project SOAR work are several presentations of interim results from research studies in Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

“Our commitment is to conducting focused research studies efficiently, releasing results quickly and working with organizations on the ground to ensure that these findings can be put into practice to improve HIV prevention, treatment, and care,” said Julie Pulerwitz, director of the HIV and AIDS program at the Population Council. “Across our expanding HIV research portfolio, the Council is working to bridge the gap between research and practice and to ensure that science impacts programs and, most importantly, makes a difference in the lives of people in need.”

Among the Population Council studies to be presented at IAS 2019 are:


Project SOAR:


Other Population Council presentations: