This year, the Congress brings impressive expertise and the latest scientific and social progress from across the region to Bangkok. With the theme “Asia/Pacific Reaching Triple Zero: Investing in Innovation”, ICAAP11 aims to serve as a platform for the creation of innovative changes, new partnerships and active collaborations towards reaching the “Three Zeros” – zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
By bringing together academics, leaders of international bodies, grassroots leaders and activists, ICAAP11 successfully engaged its participants in three plenaries that focused on the theme of the Congress which are zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination. The Congress then gave voice to research and activism through 30 oral sessions with three tracks: Track “A” (Getting To Zero New Infections) which focused on the current situation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and progress of each country in applying scientific innovations to foster political, technical and social movement for HIV prevention; Track “B” (Getting To Zero AIDS-Related Deaths) that dealt with morbidity, mortality, ARV and addressed uptake and access to HIV care and treatment; and Track “C” (Getting To Zero Discrimination) which focused on the elimination of all discrimination that blocked access to HIV health care and treatment. Supplementing the plenary sessions and the oral sessions were 13 e-poster portals which displayed 1,000 abstracts and facilitated 23 e-poster discussions. Although the extent and rate at which knowledge was shared, learned, argued and critiqued is incalculable, the overall success of these sessions can be gauged by the 4,000 participants who engaged in these sessions as well as 37 training sessions and workshops, 27 symposia and 58 satellite meetings organised during the Congress. From a regional standpoint, these activities allowed APCOM to not only learn, but contribute significantly to regional advocacy for male sexual health within the MSM population.
As an official community partner of ICAAP11, APCOM has worked closely with several networks and partners to ensure strong presence of men who have sex with men and transgender sessions and voices at the Congress. APCOM played a pivotal role in the proceedings of ICAAP11. From the abstract-mentoring programme to the pre-conference and community forum organised on the 17th and 18th of November to the conference proper from the 19th to the 22nd of November, APCOM made its presence felt. The three themes running through APCOM’s inspired and executed activities among the MSM participants were “Community”, “Care” and “Consolidation”.
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