HIV2020 Is Cancelled:
Alternatives Being Explored
All paid HIV2020 registrants will be reimbursed.
The Mexican government has suspended large events and gatherings through August and possibly beyond. The organizers of HIV2020 prioritizes above all else the health and safety of our communities. We cannot overstate the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HIV2020 organizers are still exploring alternatives to a face-to-face meeting. This may include virtual sessions (i.e., pre-recorded keynote addresses from leaders in the field, live-streamed panel presentations led by community advocates and community-led service providers, and virtual discussion rooms) aligned with the HIV2020 themes of affinity, intersectionality, and solidarity. Alternatives to a face-to-face meeting will most certainly shine a spotlight on the critical role communities have and must continue to play in the global HIV response.
More information will be shared in the coming days. Please stay tuned.
The Need For HIV2020
The Need for an HIV 2020 Conference
An alliance of global key population-led networks, networks of people living with HIV, treatment activists, and our supporters, has formed to organize an alternative international community-led event.
Titled, HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, the event is scheduled to take place in Mexico City, July 5-7, 2020, and will run concurrently with the first half of the international AIDS conference.
The HIV2020 alliance has decided to organize the community-led event to provide a safe alternative for individuals who cannot or will not enter the U.S. in 2020 or who cannot afford to attend AIDS2020. It will also offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.
Human rights conditions in the United States of America (U.S.) have worsened, since the presidential election of Donald Trump. This is especially true for immigrants from Middle Eastern, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, as well as for people of color, people who use drugs, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and sex workers. Legal travel restrictions imposed by the U.S. on sex workers and people who use drugs, will make it very difficult for our communities to enter the country.
Against the recommendations of community advocates worldwide, including the national networks of people living with HIV in the U.S., the International AIDS Society (IAS) chose the U.S. as the site for its next International AIDS Conference in 2020. Their decision creates a dilemma for many in the global HIV movement and reveals a willingness by mainstream HIV actors to tolerate the discrimination of people from Middle Eastern, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people in U.S. immigration and travel policies.
The decision also resurfaces questions about the importance and community-relevance of large, multi-million-dollar conferences in the face of shrinking investment in the global HIV response. The costs of medicines and other barriers to HIV prevention, care, and treatment services like stigma, discrimination, violence, and criminalization, continue to plague the HIV response worldwide.
HIV2020 will be key population-led, inter-disciplinary, sex positive, and will focus on the following topics:
• COMMUNITY-LED RESPONSES TO HIV • FUNDING AND SERVICE DISPARITIES • SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS • UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE • DECRIMINALIZATION OF HIV TRANSMISSION, EXPOSURE, AND NON-DISCLOSURE, DRUG USE, HOMOSEXUALITY, AND SEX WORK • GENDER EQUITY AND TRANS INCLUSION • ECONOMIC AND RACIAL JUSTICE • ELIMINATING HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, AND WHOREPHOBIA • ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST CIS AND TRANSGENDER WOMEN, GAY MEN, SEX WORKERS, AND PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS • COALITION WORK •
The HIV2020 Conference aims to:
BUILD SAFE AND FRIENDLY SPACE
for the equitable exchange of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise by ensuring diverse voices are heard and reflected
PROMOTE COMMUNITY-LED SOLUTIONS
and good practice in sexual health and human rights
AMPLIFY COMMUNITY VOICES
in calling out the inequities experienced across key populations and specific legal restrictions on some key populations’ right to freedom of movement
DEMONSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE
of meaningful involvement of communities in health and human rights responses
REAFFIRM COMMUNITY COMMITMENTS and priorities to global health and human rights responses
(inclusive of HIV)
MODEL AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH
for deliberating new research, tools, and strategies and their real-life implications, with communities as equal partners
We are calling for advocates, community-based organizations, healthcare and services providers, researchers, public health officials, and funders to stand in solidarity with HIV2020. Collectively, we must insist on the meaningful engagement of people living with and disproportionately affected by HIV in the global response. And we must stand together against the discrimination of people from Middle Eastern, African, Caribbean and Latin American countries, people who use drugs, sex workers, and transgender people.
There are multiple specific ways and opportunities to support HIV2020:
In Collaboration With
• ARAB FOUNDATION FOR FREEDOMS AND EQUALITY • ATHENA NETWORK • HARM REDUCTION COALITION • HIVENAS ABIERTAS • FRONTLINE AIDS • GLOBAL ACTION FOR TRANS* EQUALITY (GATE) • INNOVATIVE RESPONSE GLOBALLY TO TRANSGENDER WOMEN AND HIV (IRGT) • INTERNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY SUPPORT • INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY OF WOMEN LIVING WITH HIV • INTERNATIONAL TREATMENT PREPAREDNESS COALITION • M COALITION • POSITIVE WOMEN’S NETWORK-USA • POSITIVELY TRANS • SERO PROJECT • SISTERLOVE, INC. • ST. JAMES INFIRMARY • TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER • UNITED STATES PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV •
Accountability International • Advocates for Grassroot Empowerment • AFEW International • Africa Young Positives Network (AY+) • African Alliance for HIV Prevention • AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) of Mexico • Association Hasnouna de Soutien aux Usagers de Drogues (AHSUD) • AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) • AIDS Community Care Montreal • AIDS Initiative, Youth Empowerment and Development Organization • AIDS-Benin Network • Alternative Côte D'Ivoire • Amitie Trust • Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice • ANKH Association • APDES • Artists for Life Foundation of Alberta • AS - Center for the Empowerment Youth of People Who are Living with HIV/AIDS • Asociación Costarricense para el Estudio e Intervención en Drogas (ACEID) • Asociacion de Mujeres TS Liquidambar • Berkeley Free Clinic • Bordamos Feminicidios • Camba INC • CANPUD • Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation • CONERELA+ • Conigli Bianchi - ARTivists Against Serophobia • Constellation - Community Life Competence • Corporación Red Somos • COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program • Denis Nzioka News Agency and Service • Diversity Alliance of Namibia • Diversity Support Programme (DSP) • Društvo AREAL • EATG • East Africa Trans Health & Advocacy Network (EATHAN) • Eden Centre • Exchange Union • Extend a Life Intiative • Fórum Baiano de Ongs, Redes e Movimentos de Luta Contra a AIDS • Foundation for Better Health and Human Rights • Foyer Du Bonheur • Ghana Islamic Health Foundation • H&A Support Services • Harm Reduction International • Harm Reduction Victoria • Hearts on a Wire • Hello Gorgeous Foundation • Hepatitis Scotland • HIV Justice Network • HIV Power Shift • HIV/AIDS Albania • Humraz Male Health Society • Indomitable Youths Organization (IYO) • Indonesian Harm Reduction Network • International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) • International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) • International HIV Partnerships • Irapuato Vive A.C. • Just B U Inc • Karitas Sani Madani Foundation • Kisumu Male Sex Workers Organization • Kydesa Rainbow Community • La Corte.Imperial de la Corona de Borbon y Vizcaya de Mexico AC • Lambeth Service User Council • Latinx Network • Litsam Youth Awareness Initiative Forum • Lubunya+ Solidarity Network • The Centre for Social Development and Men's Health Support Foundation, Ukraine • Mississippi Positive Network •Most At Risk Populations' Society (MARPS) in Uganda • MUN Planet Media • Mututa Memorial • Muwanga Development Association • My Fabulous Disease • Noir Group • Nomadic Press • Nyasa Rainbow Alliance • ONG JIGI (Espoir) • Pan Africa ILGA • Paroles Autour de la Santé • PLAPERTS • Platform for vulnerable youth and adult • Polite World International Foundation • Positive Living in Las Vegas • Positive Living Youth Outreach • Positive Women Inc NZ • Positive Women Together in Action • Positively Mindful CIC • Poz Military Veterans USA INTL • Pozitively Alecia Miami • PrEP Facts • Pride For Youth Uganda • Progression for Outreach • Positive Women’s Network • Queensland Positive People • Rape Hurts Foundation • Recovering Justice • Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales • Red Umbrella Fund • Rise Initiative for Human Rights Advocacy -RiHA • Salud por Derecho • SASOD USA Diaspora Network • Scottish Drugs Forum • Senderos Asociacion Mutual • Seres • T*Revers • Shanduko Yeupenyu Child Care • Society of Development and Care (SODECA) • Somporker Noya Setu • STEPS Greece • Stichting African Foundation Against AIDS • STRASS Syndicat du Travail Sexuel • Swan Counseling Services • Swaziland Network Of Young Positives • Tendo's World • The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation • The Sexual Rights Centre • Tororo Forum for People Living with HIV Networks • Trans Smart Trust • Trans Youth Initiative-Uganda • TransActive Youth Uganda • Transgenres et Droits • UCSF • UNAIDS • Upper Rift Minorite • Vivir Libre • Vivir Participación, Incidencia y Transparencia, A.C. • Vixen Collective • Wansa Women Working in Community • Watu Center for Health and Advocacy, Kenya • WHO • Women and Harm Reduction International Network • Youth Association for Development • Youth Link • Youth Voices Count • YouthAID-LIBERIA (YAL) • Zambia Community Advisory Platform • Zimbabwe Men Against HIV and AIDS (ZIMAHA)