IAPAC Hosting 16th Annual Conference Focused on Optimizing HIV Prevention and Treatment Adherence


Orlando, Florida (November 7, 2021) – The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) will host its 16th annual conference of HIV prevention and treatment adherence (Adherence 2021) over the next three at days the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida. With almost 200 in-person attendees expected in a conference venue in strict compliance with social distancing and current health regulations, and almost 1,000 participants expected online, the hybrid format of the conference will enable IAPAC to include more participants in this annual event during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Adherence 2021 conference will focus on state-of-the-science evidence, best practices, and the real-world implementation of behavioral, clinical, structural, and other interventions to maximize the therapeutic and preventative effects of antiretroviral agents. The conference will also provide a forum for discussion and presentation of implementation science focused on closing evidence-to-practice gaps across the HIV prevention and care continua, as well as community engagement in planning, implementing, and monitoring HIV responses in affected communities.

“Although hosted in hybrid format, Adherence 2021 is no less robust than past conferences. We are featuring measures taken to mitigate the disruptive effects of COVID-19 on HIV responses, but also exploring innovations in the prevention and treatment of HIV, including long-acting antiretrovirals,” said IAPAC President/CEO Dr. José M. Zuniga. “Ultimately, we are convening to ensure that we optimize HIV care and treatment continua with the aim of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.”

Conference highlights will include a Keynote Address from Dr. Meg Doherty, Director of Global HIV, Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Programs at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is joining a conference faculty that includes clinicians, behavioral scientists, policy makers, and community representatives from around the globe.

The Adherence 2021 conference is taking place two weeks after the IAPAC-hosted Fast-Track Cities 2021 conference held October 20-22, 2021, in Lisbon, Portugal, also in a hybrid format. That conference drew more than 400 in-person participants and over 1,800 participants online. According to Dr. Zuniga, the number of participants for both hybrid conferences attests to the appeal of this format, since invited speakers and participants can join in conference activities even if they are not able to travel to the venue.

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About the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care

Representing 30,000 members, IAPAC is the largest association of clinicians and allied health professionals working to end the epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis, as well as eliminate HBV and HCV, by 2030. IAPAC is also a core technical partner to the Fast-Track Cities network and the Secretariat for its Fast-Track Cities Institute. For more information about IAPAC, please visit: https://www.iapac.org/

Fast-Track Cities 2021 Conference Recognizes Excellence Among Cities, Allies, Sponsors



  • Five awards recognize excellence among cities striving to end their urban HIV epidemics.
  • Three additional awards made to a community partner and two corporate partners.
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award granted to former US PEPFAR Amb. Deborah L. Birx, MD.

Lisbon, Portugal (October 22, 2021) – The Fast-Track Cities Institute recognized excellence among cities, allies, and sponsors by handing out nine awards at the Fast-Track Cities 2021 conference, hosted by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The awards recognized five Fast-Track Cities, a community partner, and two corporate sponsors. Additionally, a Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the former head of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Launched on World AIDS Day 2014, the Fast-Track Cities initiative is committed to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.3 of ending the HIV and tuberculosis (TB) epidemics, and the World Health Organization (WHO) goals of eliminating HBV and HCV, by 2030. The Fast-Track Cities 2021 conference, a hybrid event held in Lisbon, Portugal, this year and via an online platform, convened more than 1,500 participants both virtually and in-person to exchange best practices about how to accelerate the responses to HIV, TB, and viral hepatitis.

Five cities were designated as part of a “Circle of Excellence” marking exceptional progress in acting locally to achieve global goals and targets: Bangkok, Thailand; London, England; Nairobi City-County, Kenya; San Francisco, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.


The Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos (GAT) was given a Community Partner Award in recognition of their contributions towards Lisbon’s success in ensuring that 98% of people living with HIV are aware of their status and thus linked to care and treatment.

ViiV Healthcare received a Corporate Pioneer Partner Award recognizing their early (2015) and ongoing support of the Fast-Track Cities initiative.

Gilead Sciences received a Corporate Community Engagement Award for its support of community activities in Fast-Track Cities.

Dr. Deborah L. Birx, former US Global AIDS Coordinator and head of PEPFAR, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing of her years of public health leadership and with a special mention of her support for a data-informed, equity-based approach to ending the HIV epidemic.

“The Fast-Track Cities Institute and our Secretariat, IAPAC, are immensely proud to honor Fast-Track Cities, allies, and sponsors for helping to maintain momentum in efforts to end urban HIV and TB epidemics and eliminate HBV and HCV,” said Dr. José M. Zuniga, President/CEO of the Fast-Track Cities Institute and IAPAC. “The successes achieved across the Fast-Track Cities network, and the ability to shatter the status quo that condemns too many people to unnecessary suffering and death, is made possible by individuals and institutions that are advancing the cause of urban health, including in relation to HIV, TB, and viral hepatitis.”

 “Since the start of the HIV epidemic, cities have been at the forefront, taking a leading role in national agendas and delivering for people most affected by HIV,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We strongly encourage cities to continue their bold political leadership and coordination, strategic partnerships that engage people most affected by the disease, innovation to address gaps in medical and social services, and to accelerate responses that reflect local needs and respect human rights.”

Amb Dr. Deborah L. Birx added, “I am honored to receive this award, but more importantly I want to congratulate Fast-Track Cities for bringing together political leaders with affected communities to accelerate the HIV response. This initiative continually ensures people in need of HIV prevention or treatment services are reached, seen, and heard with compassion and support. Moreover, this initiative recognizes the intersection of policy and outreach to address structural barriers to accessing and utilizing comprehensive HIV services. I am grateful to organizations like IAPAC –  they see a need, do not look away, and find ways to creatively have an impact on people’s lives.”

For more information on why each city received its award, check out the video clips below: