On Thursday 18 May, HIV Prevention England hosted its biennial national HIV prevention conference in central London.
Key highlights of the conference included:
- Overview of the changes in new diagnoses rates in London and across England; and the part which combination prevention plays on HIV incidence.
- Update on the state of the upcoming PrEP IMPACT trial set to start in summer 2017.
- The effect of rapid initiation of treatment on HIV transmission (Treatment as Prevention).
- Presentation on the current state of investment in HIV prevention and testing services in England
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The National HIV Prevention England Conference will be held on Thursday 18 May 2017 in central London.
It will bring together partners in HIV prevention including sexual health commissioners, health promoters, sexual health and HIV service providers, faith leaders working in England and other key figures and influencers in the field of HIV. The conference has the aim of facilitating the dissemination and development of best practice, alongside disseminating learning from the PHE Innovation Fund and other projects.
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- Innovation in HIV prevention
- Innovation in HIV testing
- Community engagement/mobilisation and face-to-face interventions
- Partnership working
- Engagement with and cooperation across the HIV prevention sector
- Increased understanding of the latest developments and current issues in HIV testing and prevention in England
- Delegates can take away at least one new idea for local implementation
Response to past HPE conference (2014)
87 per cent of previous delegates agreed that they would ‘recommend the HPE conference to other people concerned with HIV prevention with at risk populations’.
Three quarters (74 per cent) of delegates agreed they had ‘increased their understanding of the latest developments and current issues in HIV prevention in England’, and 64 per cent agreed they had been ‘inspired to try at least one new idea in their local work practice’.
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We ran an event on Monday 9 May inviting key stakeholders from across the HIV prevention sector. Attendees were presented with the future plans for the programme and discussed HPE’s future plans for local delivery, including what funding is available and how to get involved. Sixty-three people attended and the afternoon covered:
- reflections on the previous four years of HIV Prevention England
- an overview of the national HIV prevention programme going forward, how organisations can get involved and what funding opportunities are available.
- how the programme can best support local HIV prevention services and add value
- input on the development of the campaign and the sector development programme.
Yusef Azad from National AIDS Trust presented on the developments in HIV prevention since 2012, and Taku Mukiwa and Cary James from Terrence Higgins Trust presented on HPE’s achievements since 2012 and plans for going forward from 2016.
A report on the event, along with presentations from the day, can be found below: