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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Latest News

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.