General Information

Fast-Track Cities 2019 will be the first international gathering of more than 250 cities that are accelerating their responses to HIV, tuberculosis, and viral hepatitis –three diseases cited as urban health priorities in the New Urban Agenda as well as the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities.

Organized by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and other partners, the conference will take place September 8-11, 2019 at the Barbican Centre in London, UK.

The conference’s aim is to highlight successes achieved across the Fast-Track Cities network, address cross-cutting challenges faced by local stakeholders, and share best practices in accelerating urban AIDS responses, inclusive of co-infectious diseases and comorbid conditions. The conference will include two half-days of pre-conference events followed by two and a half days of conference featuring plenary sessions, panel discussions, and abstract presentations.

Conference promotional handout.


Fast-Track Cities 2019 provides the opportunity to meet with almost 800 delegates (stakeholders and influencers). Delegates will include elected officials, public health department representatives, clinical/public health researchers, healthcare payors, donors/grantors, clinicians, service providers, and civil society advocates from current and prospective Fast-Track Cities. There are a limited number of exhibitor and symposia spaces and sponsorship opportunities available for this conference. See the Fast-Track Cities 2019 exhibitor prospectus. Additional sponsorship opportunities will be posted soon. Please contact Jonathon Hess at with any exhibitor- and sponsorship-related queries.


Following are key dates relevant to registration, abstract submission/disposition, and booking discounted hotel accommodations:

  • Early Registration Deadline – March 22, 2019
  • Abstract Submission Deadline – May 31, 2019
  • Abstract Disposition Announcements – June 21, 2019
  • Standard Registration Deadline – June 14, 2019
  • Hotel Accommodations Deadline – TBD
  • Cancellation Deadline (with $75 penalty) – July 5, 2019


 Deadline March 22, 2019   June 14, 2019    N/A   
 Registration Type    Early Registration   Standard Registration   Onsite Registration 
High-Income Country (HIC) $350 $450 $550
 Low-/Middle-Income Country (LMIC)* $225 $325 $425


*Please check this list to determine which registration type is appropriate based on your country of residence.

Registration fees are listed in USD$ and apply to payments received prior to the deadlines stated above.

Registration fees include:

  • Participation in all conference events, including Welcome Reception
  • Conference printed materials (e.g., Program and Abstracts book)
  • Access to Fast-Track Cities 2019 conference app
  • Refreshments during morning and afternoon breaks
  • Fast-Track Cities 2019 newsletter prior and at the conference

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The Fast-Track Cities 2019 program includes plenary sessions, panel discussions, oral abstract sessions, and poster sessions.

Plenary sessions will cover issues across the HIV care and prevention continua, including:

  • Lessons Learned along the Continuum from 90-90-90 to Getting to Zero
  • Methodologies for Calculating and Monitoring Urban 90-90-90 Targets
  • Innovations in HIV Testing and Linkage to and Engagement in Care
  • Optimizing HIV Treatment – Demand, Initiation, Technologies, and Delivery
  • Accelerating Combination HIV Prevention in Urban AIDS Responses
  • Addressing Challenges to Progress and Momentum across Urban AIDS Responses

The conference will also feature panel discussions focused on issues related to urban HIV, HCV, and TB responses:

  • Looking beyond Programmatic Targets to Measuring Service Delivery Output
  • Syndemic Conditions Associated with HIV and Intersectional Stigma
  • PrEP as an Adjunct to ART on the Road to U=U and Getting to Zero
  • Eliminating Community and Health Systems HIV-Related Stigma
  • Prioritizing Optimal Quality of Life for HIV-Affected Communities
  • Addressing Social Determinants of Health as Drivers of HIV Outcomes
  • Aligning Urban AIDS and TB Responses in Fast-Track Cities
  • Leveraging Urban HIV Platforms to Achieve Global HCV Elimination in Cities

Additionally, the conference will include panel discussions reflecting a focus on New Urban Agenda priorities:

  • Governance for Health
  • Social Accountability
  • Civil Society Engagement
  • Data and Indicators
  • Institutional Development
  • Municipal Finances
  • Health Equity
  • “Right to the City”

Click here to access the conference program. Note that the program includes invited faculty (as of March 18, 2019). The program will be updated to reflect confirmed faculty on a weekly basis. Check back regularly.


Pre-Conference Workshops. Eight Fast-Track Cities 2019 pre-conference workshops are available for sponsorship by city and municipal consortia, civil society organizations, professional associations, public health entities, and/or pharmaceutical/diagnostic device manufacturers. Four three-hour workshops are available on Day 1 of pre-conference events, and four three-hour workshops are available on Day 2. Requests to coordinate these workshops should be submitted to Jonathon Hess at by January 30, 2019. Approval will be contingent upon whether workshop objectives are aligned with the Fast-Track Cities 2019 theme.


Venue and Accommodations

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The venue for Fast-Track Cities 2019 is the Barbican Centre in London, UK.

A discounted room block for Fast-Track Cities 2019 delegates will be announced soon.

Submit an Abstract

Multiple types of research are encouraged for abstract submission, including behavioral science, clinical research, community participatory research, health economics, implementation science, operational research, and public policy.

Abstracts accepted for presentation at Fast-Track Cities 2019 will be presented during the conference’s oral abstract sessions or poster sessions. Abstracts must be submitted online by May 31, 2019.



Following are key dates relevant to abstract submissions:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline – May 31, 2019
  • Abstract Disposition Announcements – June 21, 2019
  • Deadline to Withdraw Abstract/Change Presenting Author – August 9, 2019


Abstract submissions are encouraged in a wide variety of specific domains, including:

  • Behavioral Science
  • Clinical Research
  • Community Participatory Research
  • Health Economics
  • Implementation Science
  • Operational Research
  • Public Policy

Within these domains we encourage abstracts across the following tracks:


  • Diagnostic and monitoring tools
  • Antiretroviral therapy in adults
  • Comorbidities associated with HIV
  • Clinical issues specific to gender
  • Clinical issues specific to pediatric/adolescent HIV
  • Clinical issues specific to key populations


  • Treatment as prevention
  • Post-exposure and pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Combination HIV prevention


  • Behavioral science research
  • Social science research


  • External/social stigma
  • Internalized stigma
  • Intersectional stigma


  • Economic, food, and housing security
  • Mental and spiritual health
  • Health-related quality of life


  • Data generation/analysis/monitoring/measurement strategies
  • Intervention development, implementation, and outcomes
  • Dissemination/implementation of evidence-based approaches
  • Uptake and impact of innovative approaches
  • Operations research and demonstration projects
  • Health policy advocacy, development, implementation, financing, and outcomes
  • Resource, structural, and service delivery issues and innovations


  • Ethical, legal, political, and societal drivers and responses


  • Political and parliamentarian engagement
  • Clinical and service provider engagement
  • Community and civil society engagement
  • Donor/grantor engagement
  • Partnership frameworks and models

Particularly as applied to key and disproportionately affected populations:

  • Treatment naïve, treatment experienced
  • Individuals living with mental health challenges
  • Individuals living with HIV and comorbidities (i.e., HBV, HCV, TB)
  • Men who have sex with men
  • Transgender individuals
  • Women in high incidence areas
  • Pregnant women
  • Children and adolescents
  • Migrants and displaced populations
  • Homeless and/or marginally housed individuals
  • Female and male sex workers
  • People who use drugs
  • Incarcerated or recently released individuals


Abstracts must be submitted online by 5:00 pm ET, May 31, 2019. Submitted abstracts will be considered for oral and poster presentations. Submitted abstracts should report information not previously published, or intended to be published, prior to August 9, 2019.

It is the responsibility of the presenting author to ensure accuracy of content, spelling, and presentation. Abstracts will be published as submitted, subject to reformatting that may be required by IAPAC.


Abstract contents will be either research-based data using established scientific methods or demonstrate experience and information from individuals or institutions working in the field. Please follow one of two structured formats (A or B), indicating in bold the four parts of your abstract:

Format A: Data-Driven Abstracts

  1. Background: a concise statement of the issues evaluated
  2. Methods: the investigational model used
  3. Results: specific findings
  4. Conclusions: summary of findings, supported by results

Format B: Program Descriptions and Case Studies

  1. Introduction: a concise statement of the issues addressed
  2. Description: a description of the project, case study, experience, or intervention
  3. Lessons Learned: project results, implementation issues, and/or case study solutions
  4. Recommendations: further recommendations or next steps


Following are some general guidelines for individuals interested in submitting an abstract(s):

  • The abstract must NOT contain more than 300 words.
  • Acceptable abstracts shall contain a concise statement of the research, define the precise subject of the presentation, and be related to the main theme or a sub-theme of the conference.
  • Figures, literature references, and acknowledgements should not form any part of the abstract’s content. Tables are acceptable.
  • The author is responsible for all grammatical and factual details. You may edit your abstract after it has been submitted.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English. If you are not fluent in English, please attempt to have your abstract reviewed by a fluent English speaker.
  • The interdisciplinary nature of the conference delegates should be kept in mind when writing the abstract; thus sub-specialty jargon should be avoided.
  • Define all abbreviations and concepts in your abstract at first use.
  • For therapeutic agents, only generic names may be used (trade names are not permitted).


All abstracts must be submitted online no later than 5:00pm ET, May 31, 2019. All submissions will be acknowledged upon successful submission via the site. Faxed or mailed abstracts will not be considered.

Please record your abstract number. The number assigned to your abstract when it is submitted online will be the abstract number referenced throughout the conference, including in the Program and Abstracts book and during the Poster Session. A notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent via e-mail no later than June 21, 2019. The disposition of each abstract will be sent via e-mail only to the submitting author identified on the submission form for that abstract. That contact will be responsible for sharing the disposition with all other authors of the abstract (including the presenting author).

Accepted abstracts will be in one of two categories:

  1. Oral Abstract presentation
    2. Poster Abstract presentation

Presenting authors agree to register for and attend the conference as scheduled in either Oral Abstract sessions or the Poster Session. Oral abstract and poster presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses, as well as the applicable registration fees.

Please note that only the abstracts of paid conference registrants will be included in the final Program and Abstracts Book. Accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings. Abstracts are considered official communication to IAPAC. Submission of an abstract implies permission to publish, and online posting, if accepted. A copy of any electronic presentation and handouts will be transferred to IAPAC.

All submissions must be received online by 5:00pm ET, May 31, 2019. It is strongly recommended that you do not wait until the last minute to submit your abstract(s). You may review/edit submissions from now until 5:00pm ET, August 9, 2019. Abstracts may be withdrawn or the presenter may be changed until August 9, 2019.

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Gilead Sciences and ViiV Healthcare are commercial sponsors of the Fast-Track Cities 2019 conference. Additional disclosures will be made as commercial and institutional sponsorship agreements are finalized. Contact Adrian Hernandez at to learn about commercial and institutional sponsorship opportunities.


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