01 June 2018
Sephy Valuks

Register for our pre-conference session: Successfully tackling the structural drivers of HIV, 21 July 2018, 9:30 – 17:00.

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After seven years of research on the structural drivers of HIV, the STRIVE research consortium – with co-hosts UKaid/DFID, UNAIDS, UNDP and SRHR Africa Trust – gather policy makers, implementers, civil society advocates, funding agencies and researchers for a unique day of debate and exchange.

The full-day session is divided into two parts, as we discuss how to address structural drivers in order to:

  1. achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
  2. deliver comprehensive HIV prevention programmes

Drawing on this evidence and experience, panellists and participants address burning questions for the AIDS response:

  • What works to tackle the structural drivers of HIV?
  • How can evidence inform policy-making and programme implementation?

Impact on the sexual health of adolescent girls and young women is a specific focus of both panel discussions. Themes related to HIV risk will include:

  • Harmful alcohol use
  • Gender inequality
  • Social norms
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Stigma
  • Transactional sex

The session is designed to produce practical, evidence based recommendations for policy and practice. 


The structural drivers of HIV are central to any work on the epidemic – and STRIVE’s session offers a unique opportunity at AIDS2018 to engage with the latest evidence, analysis and interventions.

The session involves real exchange and debate between the producers and users of the evidence. Join us to listen to voices who are not often heard.


Registration is now open for the STRIVE pre-conference session, which is free for all AIDS 2018 registered delegates. For those who wish to attend only this preconference and not the main conference, day passes are available for on-site purchase in the registration area from 20 July. 

If you are interested in joining the event on 21 July 2018, please fill out this form and email it to strive(at)

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