On Wednesday 13 November 2019, the 12th Netherlands Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Epidemiology, Prevention and Treatment (NCHIV) will take place at the KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam.

Each year, the NCHIV Conference provides an update and platform for discussion of new insights and developments in research on the pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and treatment of HIV. The core of the one-day program consists of sessions focused on each of these four research themes. There will also be poster presentations and talks by four plenary speakers.

H-TEAM presentations and posters

Various members of the H-TEAM will take part in the NCHIV Conference, either as presenters during one of the four sessions, or as poster presenters. H-TEAM project leader Peter Reiss will provide the opening and closing remarks and will also present the Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren Young Investigator Award at the end of the day.

During the first session: Advances and Barriers in Optimising HIV Care, Ward van Bilsen (Public Health Service Amsterdam) will give a presentation on ‘HIV as a chronic condition: Experienced burden of living with HIV today among men who have sex with men in the Netherlands’. H-TEAM researcher Maarten Bedert will present ‘Reasons for late presentation among older MSM in Amsterdam’.

The third session: Science to Advance the Response will be chaired by H-TEAM’s Peter Reiss, together with Monique Nijhuis. The fourth session: From the Bench to the Community, features three presentations from the AMPrEP project. The first one is ‘Frequency and determinants of switching between daily and event-driven PrEP and discontinuing each regimen among men who have sex with men participating in the Amsterdam PrEP demonstration project’, by Liza Coyer (Public Health Service Amsterdam), which will be followed by ‘Offering a choice of daily and event-driven PrEP for MSM: a cost-effectiveness analysis’ by Maria Xiridou (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). Vita Jongen (Public Health Service Amsterdam) will close this session with her presentation ‘Using a daily mobile application and dried blot spots to measure adherence to event-driven PrEP among participants of the AMPrEP cohort study’.

There will also be poster presentations by H-TEAM researcher Saskia Bogers on the PROTest 2.0 project and by Mark van den Elshout (Public Health Service Amsterdam) on achieving higher adherence to daily PrEP among MSM by feedback provided via a mobile application in the AMPrEP study.

The conference is organized by Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM), the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Aidsfonds, the Amsterdam UMC and NVHB.

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