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June 23, 2020 - ATN at AIDS 2020

In late March, the AIDS 2020 conference, which was to take place in San Francisco, was changed to a virtual format. Here is what you can find during the conference, both live and on-demand, offered from the ATN and/or using ATN data.


23rd International AIDS Conference Virtual July 6-10, 2020

Post-event Coverage Highlight

Sandra Agola, an ATN Youth Expert and Advocate for Health, played an important role at AIDS 2020. Read about her work in this recap of the conference from Texas Medical Center.


Live Session

Keeping the Spotlight on Adolescents: Prevention and treatment research findings from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 12pm PDT / 3pm EDT - 45 minutes

Within the youth HIV epidemic, prevention and acute health-care services are inequitably accessible and do not meet developmentally-specific needs. The Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) research program aims to defeat the HIV epidemic among adolescents and young adults in the United States through a suite of prevention and treatment studies. This symposium will highlight recent research conducted within the ATN, including the leveraging of technology, self management, and community-based strategies. Sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the ATN supports over 20 research protocols conducted by investigators committed to adolescents/young adults and their resilience, health and overall well-being.

Ending the HIV Epidemic for Adolescents, with Adolescents: A Network Perspective. Presented by Sonia Lee, National Institutes of Health. Room: Satellite Channel 3

Developmentally Tailoring mHealth Interventions within iTech. Speaker - Lisa Hightow-Weidman, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Room: Satellite Channel 3

Testing Implementation Strategies to Improve Culturally Competent and Developmentally Tailored Behavior Change Communication among the Youth HIV Healthforce in the United States. Speaker - Sylvie Naar, Florida State University. Room: Satellite Channel 3

Youth Recruitment, Retention, and Intervention Engagement in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Speaker - Isa Fernandez, Nova Southeastern University Dallas Swendeman, University of California, Los Angeles. Room: Satellite Channel 3

Question and Answer Session, Room: Satellite Channel 3


On above topic - Satellite - On-demand Channel. These two on-demand sessions are available all days of the event, July 6-10:

Partners In Life: A Couples’ Relationship Strengthening and HIV Prevention Intervention; Speaker - Tashuna Albritton, Assistant Medical Professor, CUNY School of Medicine (on-demand)

"I am very excited about the ATN’s participation in the International AIDS Conference 2020," Dr. Albritton, who is an ATN Diversity Scholar, said about the upcoming conference. See more about Dr. Albritton and the Diversity Scholars program here. "Youth and adults living with HIV/AIDS have genuine concerns about care during these uncertain times, especially within Black and Latino communities that are now also disproportionately affected by COVID-19," she said. "We are upon truly remarkable times, therefore, it is important to continue collective efforts in sharing the latest research in HIV/AIDS. I am happy to be a presenter and participant in this great event."

Take the Time to Get to Know Me: Modern Day Methods for Engaging and Retaining Youth; Speakers - Daniel Rodriguez, Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) Booker Shorter, Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) Ron Smalls, Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) (on-demand)


Abstracts and Posters

OAB0102 - Neurocognitive correlates of alcohol and cannabis use problems among adolescents and emerging adults living with HIV: ATN 129. Sharon Nichols, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, will be presenting on ATN 129 in an oral abstract session. It is with a session called “Adolescents and Young People” (on-demand)

E-Poster: PED0946 - Evidence that healthy choices, a motivational interviewing intervention, reduces HIV-related stigma in youth living with HIV: ATN 129. Henna Budhwani, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. E-posters Track D, Poster Channel - Track D

E-Poster: PEF1860 - Evaluating implementation practices in the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) with the EPIS Model: The role of policy within program implementation. Seyram A. Butame, Florida State University. E-posters Track F, Poster Channel - Track F


More about AIDS 2020

See the full program for the entire AIDS 2020 conference here.

A free COVID-19 Conference is offered at the end of AIDS 2020 - see more here.