HPE Conference 2020

HPE organises a conference to bring together professionals working in HIV prevention and sexual health in England, as well as other key figures and influencers in the field of HIV. The 2020 conference took place on Tuesday 18 February in central London.

Download the programme [PDF]

Coming soon: conference presentations

Morning conference sessions

Opening plenary

  • Welcome: Adam Winter, Public Health England.
  • Keynote Speech: Bruce Richman, Prevention Access Campaign.
  • The HIV Commission: Dame Inga Beale, HIV Commission.
  • Progress towards getting to zero transmissions, zero deaths and zero stigma due to HIV in the UK: Dr Valerie Delpech, Public Health England.
  • Chair: Ian Green, Terrence Higgins Trust.

HIV testing: Breaking barriers, driving access

  • Changing trends of HIV risks among MSM in London: Dee Wang, Spectra and The GMI partnership
  • Reducing barriers to HIV self-testing among black Africans: George Halfin, Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Incentivised HIV testing at food banks: Anne Glew, The Brunswick Centre
  • A reflection of seven years of HIV testing during National HIV Testing Week in Croydon: Denise Dixon (On behalf of Fred Semugera) Croydon Council

Afternoon conference sessions

Ensuring PrEP access and uptake in key populations

  • Attitudes and factors determining PrEP uptake in London: Dee Wang, Spectra and The GMI partnership
    MobPresh: women, PrEP and sexual health: Amelia Thorp, Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Are MSM using PrEP safely? Results from an online questionnaire: Greg Owen, I Want PrEP Now
  • PrEP and Prejudice: PrEP initiative for BA communities: Juddy Otti, Africa Advocacy Foundation
  • Reflections from a woman PrEP user: Haru Majengwa

STIs and sexual health: what’s working to reach highly affected groups

  • STI diagnoses among asymptomatic MSM in community testing services: Alissa Ferry, Positive East and the GMI partnership
  • Increasing STI e-testing uptake among black queer men: Phil Samba, PrEPster
  • Different community models to reach key populations in the North of England: Wellington Moyo and Pat McCusker, Yorkshire MESMAC
  • Age is no Protection: sexual health promotion in the over 50s: Steve Maddern, Wiltshire Council and Age UK
  • Improving Trans and Non Binary sexual health: third sector partnership with GUM services: Patrick Hands and Dr Madeleine Crow, Yorkshire MESMAC and Leeds Sexual Health

Closing plenary

  • The HIV Prevention Programme 2016-2019: Chamut Kifetew, Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Overview of future HIV technologies: Simon Collins, i-Base
  • No one left behind, panel discussion: Dr Vanessa Apea, Luis Guerra, Ian Howley, Lizzie Jordan, Harvey Kennedy and Michelle Ross

HIV Prevention England Conference 2020

There’s less than one week to go before the HPE Conference 2020 and we are excited to bring together more than 300 professionals who work in HIV prevention, sexual health and beyond.

The conference programme will explore ways to improve the nation’s sexual health, reduce the rising rates in sexually transmitted infections and reach zero new HIV diagnoses by 2030.

This event will provide a platform for open discussion as well as practical learning opportunities that delegates can take back to their organisations, clinics and other places of work.

We’re delighted to share the final HPE conference 2020 programme [PDF].

This event is now at full capacity – but you can still get involved.

Participate online

We will be live-streaming the Opening and Closing Plenary sessions (9.30am and 3.45pm) on YouTube. Breakout sessions in the main hall will also be available to watch online which include:

  • HIV Testing: Breaking barriers, driving access (11am to 12.15pm)
  • Ensuring PrEP access and uptake in key populations (1.00pm to 2.10pm)
  • STIs and sexual health: what’s working to reach highly affected groups (2.15pm to 3.30pm)

You can also follow the conference on Twitter, where we will be inviting delegates to discuss the presentations and workshops, our event hashtag is #HPE2020.

The conference is organised by Terrence Higgins Trust for HIV Prevention England (HPE), the national HIV prevention programme commissioned by Public Health England.

We wish to thank our corporate sponsors whose support has helped to provide an enhanced conference experience.

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HPE Conference 2020 registration now open

HPE Conference 2020 registration open - tuesday 18 february, mary ward house, london

Please note our first release tickets have now sold out and our waiting list is open.

We’re delighted to announce that registration for the HPE Conference 2020 is now open.

The conference programme will explore ways to improve the nation’s sexual health, reduce the rising rates in sexually transmitted infections and reach zero new HIV diagnoses by 2030.

This event will provide a platform for open discussion as well as practical learning opportunities that delegates can take back to their organisations, clinics and other places of work.

The conference will take place on Tuesday 18 February 2020 at the Mary Ward House Conference Centre in central London. It is free to attend for all those working in sexual health and HIV prevention.

Conference registration

When: Tuesday 18 February 2020
Where: Mary Ward House, 7 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SN

Register today

HPE Conference 2020: Call for abstracts

HPE Conference 2020 - save the date - 18 February 2020

HIV Prevention England will be hosting the national HIV prevention conference on Tuesday 18 February 2020 in central London. Registration for the conference will open in November 2019 and attendance is free for all those working in HIV prevention.

The conference will provide a platform for open discussion as well as practical learning opportunities that delegates can take back to their organisations, clinics and other places of work.

Conference themes

HPE has worked with stakeholders across the sector to produce these conference themes. We welcome abstracts which can influence and contribute to good health, not only around HIV but also in the specialties of sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

Getting to zero – reaching the last 8%

  • Combination prevention: addressing communities beyond those already engaged with established prevention methods e.g. testing, PrEP etc.
  • Sexual networks: identifying and engaging ‘underground’ sexual networks affected by HIV and poor sexual health.
  • Prevention and attitudes to sexual health in non-metropolitan and rural communities.

Social justice: stigma, discrimination and inequalities

  • HIV, sexual and reproductive health inequalities in key population subgroups.
  • Attitudes to HIV and good sexual health in the era of Treatment as Prevention.
  • Language and terminology: the impact on community engagement.

Systems strengthening

  • Holistic approaches to HIV and SRH.
  • New models of prevention and care for people living with and affected by HIV and STIs, including primary and secondary health services.
  • Building sustainable partnerships outside the HIV sector.
  • Learnings from HIV prevention: how can these be applied to combat the rise in STIs?

Working differently: challenging status quos in HIV prevention work in the UK

  • Challenging silo-working and community gatekeepers.
  • Alternatives to the disproportionate focus on social marketing campaigns or biomedical interventions.

The future of commissioning

  • Approaches to increasing demand for integrated HIV and SRH services: preventing resource shortfalls and other system risks.
  • The role of the private sector: how can diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and mobile geo-networking app corporations maximise public health impact together with the HIV and SRH sectors.

Abstract submission process

Submission period now closed.