International AIDS Society (IAS)

Who are we and what do we do?

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with over 16,000 members from more than 196 countries working at all levels of the global response to AIDS. Our members include researchers from all disciplines, clinicians, public health and community practitioners on the frontlines of the epidemic, as well as policy makers and programme planners. The IAS is the custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference and organizer of the IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.

We connect. By convening the world’s foremost international conferences on HIV and AIDS and specialized meetings, we provide critical platforms for presenting new research, promoting dialogue and building consensus to advance the global fight against HIV.
We promote. By promoting dialogue, education and networking, and providing access to best practice, professional development and skills building, we help build capacity and close gaps in knowledge and expertise at every level of the HIV response.
We mobilize. By advocating for the right to an evidence-based response to HIV and for a concerted research effort to build that evidence base, we contribute to continuous improvement of the global response to HIV.

Why joining IFHHRO?

As the largest association of HIV professionals, the International AIDS Society is committed to educating HIV professionals about the equal rights of all people, including marginalized and key affected populations, to receive the highest standard of care. At the heart of the health system, health workers are the entry point to operationalizing the right to health. The IAS is willing to share experience, support and connect with international and regional networks to promote evidence required to expand and improve the delivery of high-quality, well-resourced HIV research, prevention, treatment, and care programmes. Looking beyond HIV and AIDS, the IAS is delighted to join the federation and strengthen synergies among similar entities and efforts that aim at promoting the right to health while respecting the rights of most vulnerable populations and healthcare workers.

Contact information

Address: Avenue de France 23, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland 

Telephone: +41-(0)22-7 100 800

Fax: +41-(0)22-7 100 899

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