HIV Prevention England Conference: May 2019
The fourth National HIV Prevention England Conference will be held on Wednesday 22 May 2019 in central London.
It will bring together partners in HIV prevention including sexual health commissioners, health promoters, sexual health and HIV service providers and community organisations, primary care professionals, faith and community leaders, researchers and other professionals who work in health, education or social care.
The themes that will be explored by the conference are:
- Getting to zero HIV transmissions.
- Social justice: addressing stigma, discrimination and inequalities.
- Systems strengthening and holistic approaches to HIV prevention.
The conference will be interactive and participant-focused.
Call for abstracts
We invite you tell us about your ideas for taking part in the conference. In particular we are looking for abstracts which are relevant to the themes, well-written, original and provide significant lessons for the sector to learn from.
If you wish to give an oral presentation, a poster presentation or facilitate a workshop at the conference, you must submit the Abstract Template to tell us what you would like to present on.
How abstracts are reviewed and selected
Abstract submissions will be peer-reviewed by the HIV Prevention England Conference Abstract Review Committee.
Abstract acceptance is based upon abstract quality, the potential significance of the observations, and the rigour with which the methods were applied.
Proposals submitted as partnerships with multiple agencies will be especially welcomed.
Submit your proposal
- Please read the Abstract Guidance [PDF].
- Complete the Abstract Template [Doc].
- Email completed template to [email protected].
Submissions deadline: Friday 22 February 2019 (11.59pm)
If you have any further questions about the call for abstracts, please email [email protected].
PrEP and HIV Testing Seminar for GPs and professionals working in primary care
Monday 22 October 2018 & Monday 29 October, 2018
This free event for GPs and other professionals working in primary care provided an expert-led introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and information on HIV testing, ahead of National HIV Testing Week, which this year began on Saturday 17 November 2018.
Between 2015 and 2017, new HIV diagnoses in the UK declined by a staggering 28%. As we enter a new era in HIV prevention this event provided an opportunity for GPs and other professionals working in primary care to learn more about how attendees can play a pivotal role in protecting the nations sexual health.
Our expert panel included:
- Dr Melissa Gardner – Director, Clinical Lead SHIP CIC (Sexual Health in Practice Community Interest Company)
- Dr Michael Brady – Medical Director, Terrence Higgins Trust
- Greg Owen – Co-founder, I Want PrEP Now
6pm: Networking and light dinner
6.30pm: Panel discussion
- HIV in the UK and the impact combination prevention including PrEP is having on new diagnoses.
- The evidence and effectiveness of PrEP and clinical concerns.
- The patient perspective and access to PrEP in England.
- Identifying people who may benefit from PrEP and performing rapid sexual health risk assessments.
- The role of GPs and people working in primary care in HIV prevention.
‘I can’t pass on HIV’: Treatment as prevention webinar
On Monday 21 May 2018 we hosted a lunchtime webinar for HIV and other professionals on what it means to be undetectable and uninfectious.
The webinar was facilitated by Dr Michael Brady, HIV consultant and Terrence Higgins Trust Medical Director.
The session addressed the following questions:
- Why is this message so important?
- What is the evidence that gives us the confidence to say ‘I can’t pass on HIV’?
- What does this message mean for someone living with HIV?
- What does this mean for me in my work and for my clients?
- How to share this information, answer tricky questions and promote treatment adherence.
PreP information seminar
Working together with the PaSH partnership, we hosted an information seminar on PrEP in Greater Manchester on Wednesday 14 March. The session covered:
- the ongoing PrEP Impact Trial.
- how PrEP fits into the HIV combination prevention package.
- the role of health professionals in ensuring adequate access by those in need.
- The PrEP IMPACT Trial: implementation and emerging issues [PDF]
- PrEP efficacy: the evidence [PDF]
- PrEP and other HIV and STI prevention tools [PDF]
- The PaSH partnership: about our work [PDF]
Webinar on Trans health and HIV issues
Held on Tuesday 7 November 2017, this webinar covered:
- an overview of trans health and HIV issues
- real-life experiences of trans people
- clinical perspectives on providing trans inclusive services
- practical information on how to promote a trans inclusive service
- tools, further information and referral options.
It was delivered in partnership with CliniQ, ClinicT, The LGBT Foundation and Yorkshire Mesmac.
HPE 2017 Conference
HIV Prevention England (HPE) organises a biennial conference to bring together HPE partners, commissioners, health promoters, HIV service providers and faith leaders working in England, as well as other key figures and influencers in the field of HIV. The last conference took place on Thursday 18 May 2017 in central London.
Watch the video of the conference:
Download the programme [PDF]
The conference had the following outcomes:
- Increased understanding of and attachment to the HPE programme
- Increased understanding of the latest developments and current issues in HIV prevention in England
- Delegates can take away at least one new idea for local implementation.
The presentations from the HPE conference are available below, where applicable.
Main Plenary Sessions
- Ian Green – Welcome (00:00 – 06:30)
- The Rt. Hon the Lord Fowler – Opening remarks (06:30-23:15)
- Dr Valerie Delpech – Towards eliminating HIV in the most affected communities in the UK [PDF] (23:15-1:01:26)
- Dawn Austwick – Using generous leadership to meet the needs of our communities (1:01:26-1:25:46)
- Cary James – We started something: HIV prevention in England [PDF] (00:00-10:30)
- Deborah Gold and Kat Smithson – The state of HIV and sexual health prevention services in England [PDF] (10:30-43:00)
Panel and discussion:
- Professor Jim McManus, Hertfordshire County Council
- Marion Wadiba, The NAZ Project London
- Dr Michael Brady, Terrence Higgins Trust/King’s College Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust
- Dr Will Nutland, PrEPster
- Winnie Sseruma, community advocate
Workshop 1: Combination Prevention
- Nalini Iyanger – Update on the PrEP Impact trial [PDF] (00:00-7:50)
- Dr Alan McOwan – Rapid initiation of treatment in a central London clinic [PDF] (07:50-20:20)
- Cary James – Size matters: promoting choice to increase engagement with condom promotion [PDF] (20:20-29:30)
Please note that due to technical issues on the day the audio quality for this clip is limited.
Workshop 2: HIV Prevention Innovation Fund Project Showcase
- Owen Brigstock-Barron – Introduction to the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund [PDF]
- Jenny Hand – Innovative HIV testing in the workplace [PDF]
- Jeni Hirst and Rob Cookson – POCT in partnership [PDF]
- Ali Orhan – Let’s stop HIV: targeting Latin American communities [PDF]
Workshop 3: Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men
- Dr Ellen Hensbroek – Sexualised drug use: the national picture [PDF]
- Matthew Harrison – Impact of an online sexual health promotion project in Sheffield [PDF]
- Professor Rusi Jaspal – Attitudes towards PrEP among MSM in London and the East Midlands [PDF]
Workshop 4: HIV Testing in Community Settings
- Matthias Kuske – Increasing the quality and innovation in HIV testing for MSM: learning from European Checkpoints Toolkit [PDF]
- Michelle Ross – Engaging trans communities in HIV testing [PDF]
- Yasmin Dunkely – Assisted HIV self testing and self sampling in London [PDF]
Workshop 5: PrEP: from Trial to Reality
- Etienne Fouquay – Implementing PrEP in France: lessons and insights [PDF] (00:00-14:30)
- Winnie Sseruma – PrEP: an opportunity to refocus HIV prevention (14:30-27:05)
Workshop 6: Home Sampling and Self Testing
- Luis Guerra – Update on the National HIV Home Sampling Programme [PDF]
- Laura Streeter – Increasing the return rate of self sampling kits using behavioural insights [PDF]
- Dr Michael Brady – HIV self testing: feasibility and acceptability of a large-scale national service [PDF]
Workshop 7: Engaging African Communities
- Takudzwa Mukiwa – Using social and digital media to reach African communities [PDF]
- Wellington Moyo – Welcome Hear: HIV prevention targeting new arrivals in Wakefield [PDF]
- Chenai Dhilwayo and Sherine Edwards-Dodds – Champions of change: using a peer-led model to drive community-led HIV prevention in African communities [PDF]
Workshop 8: Systems Approaches to Testing and Prevention
Aaron Chady and Catherine Foulk-Jones – Increasing outreach HIV testing in Leeds using a model of effective partnership work [PDF]
Information Seminar: Pre Exposure Prophylaxis
We hosted an information seminar on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on March 31 2017. The event explored access to PrEP, the upcoming national trial, and the potential impact of PrEP on HIV and sexual health services across England.
- Effectiveness of PrEP, how it could affect STIs, and its influence on current clinical practice [PDF] [Video]
PrEP access, generic use, the individual impact and the community response [PDF] [Video]
The NHS-funded PrEP trial [PDF]
Expert Seminar: New HIV Testing Technologies
We hosted an expert seminar on new HIV testing technologies on November 7, 2016. The event explored the availability, uptake, and opportunities to the sector these new testing technologies provide.
- The national HIV home-sampling service [PDF] | Video
- HAUS study: feasibility and acceptability of home-sampling kits to increase the uptake of HIV testing among black Africans [PDF] |Video
- HIV self-testing in the UK [PDF] |Video
- Self-testing models in the community-based organisation setting [PDF] | Video
- Event report [PDF]
HPE stakeholder Event, May 2016
HPE hosted a stakeholder event in May 2016 [PDF]. The event covered future plans for the programme and local delivery.