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 online event.
Titled, HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, the event is scheduled to take place on Zoom from July through October of 2020.
The HIV2020 alliance has decided to organize the community-led event to provide an alternative for individuals who cannot or will participate in the AIDS2020 virtual conference. Its goal is to offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response.
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 International AIDS Conference in 2020. Their decision created 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 resurfaced 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 ways to be a part of HIV2020 Online:
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)