One month left in #HIV2020: Here is what is left on the schedule.

As HIV2020 Online begins winding down into the final month of programming, we want to remind the community about several upcoming sessions which are led by, feature, or should otherwise be of interest to people who use drugs. Registration for all sessions, which is still free, can be done at www.hiv2020.org/registration. You can see a full calendar of remaining sessions at www.hiv2020.org/calendarYou will need to register at least three days in advance to attend a session.

All sessions will have live translation available to English, Spanish, Russian, French, and Portuguese. Also a reminder that you can view previously recorded sessions on the conference YouTube page, or from the Facebok page where they are live streamed. 


 

El VIH, las Drogas y Mujeres Postitivas en Respuesta (session held in Spanish)
Presented by Latin American Network of People who Use Drugs & HIV without Discrimination
Tuesday 22 September, 10:00 UTC 

The general objective of the session is to create a space for the exchange of experiences between people and organizations working on harm reduction issues around the persistent gaps in working with women and their advocacy work facing the HIV epidemic in the Latin American region. To do this, the session seeks to: Identify communities of the contexts of stigma, marginalization, criminalization and violence faced by women substance users in Latin America and how it affects their levels of access to prevention and care services and products HIV / AIDS in the region; Exchange learning from the experiences of organization, resistance and resilience of groups of women substance users facing contexts of stigma, marginalization, criminalization and violence they face; Analyze from perspective of women the scope of the implementation of the approach of gender in HIV prevention and care policies and programs in the region and the challenges persistent; Propose collective action strategies to promote public policy actions about harm reduction for the prevention and treatment of HIV / AIDS and other STIs in the region 


 

Now more than ever: New strategies to fight back for HIV prevention
Presented by Frontline AIDS
Tuesday 29 September, 13:00 UTC

Even before COVID-19, the world was failing to meet global targets on HIV prevention. 2020 is the deadline for the fast track targets, when new HIV infections should be dropping below 500,000 per year. Instead, the most recent estimates from UNAIDS show that the number of people acquiring HIV is flatlining at 1.7 million in 2018. This is a failure of epic proportions - particularly for key populations and adolescent girls and young women, who continue to be left behind.

Under lockdown, women and girls face higher risks of infection, yet most can no longer access HIV or SRHR services. For key populations, COVID-19 restrictions are being used to further harass, abuse, and imprison those who are already criminalised, while lifesaving services have disappeared overnight. Against this incredibly challenging background, this session hosted by Frontline AIDS will aim to: Ignite the fight back for HIV prevention among the HIV activist community and inspire new commitment to action; Share examples of successful activism led by people living with HIV and key populations and draw lessons from these movements to bring to the fight for HIV prevention; Develop and mobilise around a common message to governments and donors that in the context of COVID-19, HIV prevention is needed now more than ever.

 

Stigma: Measure it, Act on it, End it.
Presented by Global Network of People Living with HIV
Thursday 1 October, 11:00 UTC 

With the launch of The Global Partnership for Action to Eliminate all Forms of HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination initiative in 2018, it is critical for communities to take a leading role in fighting HIV-related stigma and discrimination and will lead the implementation phase of the Global Partnership on national and regional level. This session will describe how communities can collect evidence using the PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0 and systematically use the results for targeted advocacy through six different settings, including: health, justice, workplace, household, education and emergency. The session will provide an overview to communities on how they can make advocacy more effective: using the Global Partnership framework to ensure advocacy is being well supported - both financially and politically - and to use the PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0 to conduct evidence-based advocacy interventions. 

A hands-on toolkit on how to use the PLHIV Stigma Index 2.0 data for advocacy purposes will be presented during this session, as well as first-hand experiences from country level to showcase community initiatives. This will be followed by a moderated discussion with the audience to provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. 


 

By Us/For Us: Monitoring Support for Community-, Key Population-, and Women-led HIV Responses
Presented by UNAIDS, GNP+, NSWP, MPact, and INPUD
Tuesday October 13, 13:00 UTC 

It is increasingly acknowledged that community leadership has been the critical factor in the successes of the HIV response globally. In the 2016 Political Declaration to end AIDS, world leaders committed to increase funding and coverage for activities led by and for communities. Have we made progress? In order to answer this, we need to discuss how we define “community-led responses”. 

In this session leaders of global networks of people living with HIV and key populations will join with UN agency representatives for a discussion of the principles that must form the foundation of the definition. We will also discuss the particular need for community-led responses at this moment intime, the ways in which UN agencies are currently supporting community-led responses. Finally, with your engagement we will agree on and ways to work together to promote and protect community-led responses. 

Communities do not live in silos and this discussion requires the engagement of every community living with and affected by HIV, especially networks and organizations of people living with HIV, gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex worker, and transgender people, and women and girls. We also need the close collaboration and support of governments, the UN, and donors to ensure that the role of communities is recognized, enhanced and fully funded. 


 

Where is the money for key population programming?
Presented by The Bridging the Gaps Alliance
Tuesday October 20, 11:00 UTC 

Despite evidence on the need for key population HIV programming, funding for this work is limited, and there are knowledge and data gaps on available funding. This session will present the findings of a brand new study on HIV funding for key populations. Findings can be used by community organisations and allies to advocate for more and better funding for key populations, and by donors to inform their grantmaking and commit to continued investment in key population HIV programming. This study is a joint initiative of two large programmes funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs focusing on health and human rights for key populations: Bridging the Gaps and the Partnership to Inspire, Transform and Connect the HIV Response (PITCH).