Confronting Inequities in STI Prevention, Diagnostics and Care
The objectives of the Congress are multi-fold, to be addressed under the theme, Confronting Inequities in STI Prevention, Diagnostics and Care. There are four main objectives as follows.
- To highlight the burden of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and need for effective responses, not only in sub-Saharan Africa, but also elsewhere, despite the paucity of surveillance data from many of the countries in the developing world.
- To advocate open discussion about STIs and HIV in countries constituting the IUSTI Africa-MENA region, particularly among key populations at high risk for STIs and HIV, and among adolescents.
- To highlight the global need for improved access to packages of interventions for the prevention and care of STIs, including HIV, particularly STI diagnostic tests, medicines and vaccines.
- To share new scientific knowledge and the latest technological innovations pertaining to diagnosis, therapeutic management, epidemiology and sexual behaviour relevant to STIs and HIV.
In addition to the pre-Congress activities, the conference will run for 3 days from Monday 5th September to Wednesday 7th September 2022, with registration and the opening ceremony on Sunday 4th September. The conference will have parallel tracks covering basic sciences, health services and policies, diagnostic and laboratory science, social and behavioural science, epidemiology and HIV. Highlights anticipated will be on new scientific knowledge and the latest technological innovations pertaining to diagnostic tests, new therapeutic molecules for STIs and HIV, sexual behaviour interventions and the impact of electronic media on infection control.
In view of the anticipated new technologies, the importance of universal access to such innovation will be paramount – hence the theme of the Congress: Confronting Inequities in STI Prevention, Diagnostics and Care.
We are inviting and encouraging partners and sponsors to offer satellite symposia during the Congress with exhibitions and training sessions on treatment, diagnostic tests and care of STIs, including HIV.