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STI & HIV World Congress Kicks Off July 24: Follow The Conversation!


Thursday, July 20, 2023

Next week, the STI & HIV World Congress (also known as ISSTDR) kicks off in Chicago, Illinois, USA and AVAC will be there. This is the first major face-to-face meeting of STI & HIV professionals since 2019 and one of the only spaces the global STI community comes together to promote ongoing STI research efforts and exchange information on current investigations. This is also the first time AVAC is attending ISSTDR in hopes of expanding STI advocacy and community engagement.

STI & HIV World Congress Resources

Use AVAC’s Roadmap to find sessions where prevention, pandemic preparedness and the larger issues of global health equity are in the spotlight. You can download it as a sortable spreadsheet or PDF. The full conference program is also available.

Follow events in real time with the official hashtag, #ISSTDR2023, AVAC will offer comments and updates on Twitter.

Visit, our updated and expanded online resource for the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) community to better understand and advocate for STI vaccine and diagnostics research, development and rollout.

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STI & HIV World Congress 2023 Highlights

Check out some AVAC-featured sessions below.

The STI Prevention Pipeline: Where Are We, and What Will It Take to Move Forward Faster?
Monday, July 24 11am–2pm in the Mayfair Room
Join us to explore the current development and implementation stages of STI vaccines and diagnostics and identify ways to accelerate research through advocacy.

Symposium: New Vaccine Approaches to STI Prevention STI Vaccine Acceptance and Equity
Tuesday, July 25 2:30pm-4:00pm at Chicago 6
Join AVAC’s Alison Footman to dive into the topic of STI vaccines and equity as new interventions come into reach.

Setting Up a Remote/Home Testing STI Programme: A Practical Toolkit
Tuesday, July 25 2:30pm-4:00pm in Sheraton IV/V
Join us to explore the power of remote testing to affordably curb STI acquisitions.

Community Happy Hour
Monday, July 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Lizzie McNeill's
Join AVAC and partners for a no frills happy hour for the STI community. All are welcome!

ISSTDR Advocacy Zone
Tuesday, July 25 to Thursday, July 27 in the Exhibit Hall
Visit the Advocacy Zone, a space to ask important questions, connect with fellow STI advocates, and begin to chart next steps in advancing STI R&D.